Of course, now he’s in the news for an entirely different reason. His beer company is at the center of a St. Patrick’s Day controversy in South Boston.
Sam Adams’ Boston Beer Company was originally a sponsor of the South Boston St. Pat’s Day parade. But now they’re backing out, citing a dispute with the parade organizers. The organizers have barred any participation from LGBT groups, and Sam Adams will have none of that.
The beer company, you see, thinks there should be freedom for all, regardless of affiliation, to march in the parade. Good for you, Sam! The spirit of liberty is still alive!
According to the latest news reports, negotiations between the two sides have broken down, and now it looks as if there will be no Sam Adams (beer) in South Boston… at least in the parade. (Reminds me of a song I heard somewhere, “there is no beer in heaven…”)
Even Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has joined the fray, saying he would boycott the parade if LGBT groups are not allowed to participate. He’s following in the footsteps of another American mayor, Bill de Blasio of New York City.
Personally, I think they should all just call the whole thing off. Any institution – whether it be a government, or a parade, that discriminates against any person or group, essentially depriving them of their liberties, should not be allowed the privilege of operating in this free, democratic society – which we Founding Fathers fought so hard to establish.
I believe in free speech – but not when it impedes or takes away the rights of others to similarly make their opinions known.
And with that, I will put down my pen and adjourn to a nearby publick house for a pint or two of Sam Adams.
Your humble servant,