I woke at Thursday morning sometime before 7 a.m. I checked the news on my smart phone to see the state of affairs and went to the Boston papers. Running down the headlines in the Herald I saw there was posted a comment by Chester Darling a well-respected and highly competent lawyer.. The headline was: “Darling: Sexual politics, coercion have no place in this annual tradition.”
I read it quickly and passed on to other things thinking to myself that I thought the matter had been resolved even though I had read the annual furor had reared up because the LGBT groups once barred but which were permitted to march the last two years were being kicked out again.
About 8:30 a.m. I wondered whether I should comment on this matter. I had done so in the years past but felt I could add little to what I said before but thought perhaps before deciding I should read Chester’s letter again. I went back to where I had first seen it on my smart phone but it had been removed. I went to the Herald’s page on my computer and could not find it. I wondered: “Oh, where, oh, where has Chester’s comment gone, oh, where, oh where could it be?”
The Herald apparently got cold feet having allowed an unpopular expression to be published so it decided to bury Chester’s comment. So much for everyone having a platform. Chester would argue the Herald has a right to exclude or hide his comment in the same way the organizers of St. Pat’s parade have a right to decide who will march.
Here is a paper supposedly dedicated to Free Speech but it does not have the courage to keep out for consideration speech some might not like. It suppresses the opinion of a man who argued a case before the Supreme Court and won 9 – 0 apparently after some powerful forces complained.
I was able to track it down but if a person did not know it existed he or she would not have been able to do this. For those who did not have a chance to read his comment, here is Chester Darling’s comment:
“In 1995, I argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in an appeal from a decision of the state Supreme Judicial Court agreeing with a trial judge that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the equivalent of a place of public accommodation, and due to its lack of expressive focus and exclusion of a gay activist group, was required to include the group in their annually permitted parade.
The Supreme Court’s unanimous judgment reversed the SJC decision, 9–0, and mandated that disapproval of a private speaker’s message did not legitimize the use of the power of government to force the speaker to alter his message to include messages approved by others.
The Veterans’ Council has a policy that does not permit sexual themes in their parades.
In 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh met with Wacko Hurley, his organizer of the parade, and the gay group. He instructed Hurley that he would have to change his parade so that he could march, due to his promises to the gay community.
The answer was no.
Mayor Walsh then called the primary organizer, Phil Wuschke, into his office for additional meetings, during which he argued for the inclusion of a gay activist group. During one visit he intimated that he could pull the parade permit if the gay activists were not allowed to march in the parade.
The mayor orchestrated more meetings, and during a banquet in the lobby of the Boston Convention Center, he confronted Wuschke and threatened him in an effort to change his mind and permit the gay groups to march. The intimidation, coercion and threats did not work with this tough marine.
In 2015 and 2016 invitations and votes were manipulated to include gay groups in the parade.
Now by not marching in the parade, the mayor has gained some more votes, and may cause sycophants and panderers to withhold support for the parade. What is not understood is the tried and true nature of the parade.
It celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, the evacuation of the British from Boston and its tribute to the military.
Clearly the Veterans’ Council does not agree that a group parading its sexuality contributes to the messages contained in their annual traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”