19 December 2006

Did Larry Cirignano attack the first amendment?

Worcester Telegram & Gazette News reported on Sunday that

"The executive director of the Boston-based Catholic Citizenship emerged from behind a lectern outside City Hall, rushed toward a female counter-demonstrator, and pushed her to the ground."

Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green “Let the People Vote” signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, “You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.” Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk."
There seems to be some dispute. Mr.
Cirignano is claimed to have said he "escorted" her and has denied throwing her to the ground. That said the Telegram reports today that "police yesterday filed an assault and battery complaint in Central District Court against Larry Cirignano, 50, of ......... Lane, Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, which opposes gay marriage."

From a legal point of view I understand why Mr.
Cirignano might want to make a distinction. But from a Catholic point of view he should have kept his hands to himself. It bothers me more, however, that in a crowd of decent and good "Catholic" men not one stood up to defend or protect the woman whom Mr. Cirignano offended. It seems that the anti-gay agenda was more important to them than the honor of a woman.

Less important still, was the first amendment "
the right of the people peaceably to assemble" which they so vigorously support when approaching women within inches at abortion clinics. Ms. Loy was twenty or thirty feet away from Mr. Cirignano when he felt threatened enough to get physical.

Please. Make the hypocrisy go away.

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