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Yahoo Compares Catholic Easter Parade With KKK Rally

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter

A Yahoo article used a picture of robed penitents at a Catholic Easter parade for an article about five students expelled for participating in a KKK demonstration.

The article’s photo depicts Catholics participating in a typical procession celebrating Holy Week in Naples, Italy in which the participating penitents wear long robes and pointed hats called capirotes. The subject of the article, however, has nothing to do with Catholicism, It is instead about an Iowa school that expelled five students after discovering a photo of them adorned in the robes of the anti-Catholic KKK  and standing next to a burning cross while waving a Confederate flag.

The author, who could not be bothered to find a photo of the real KKK, claimed that the robes worn by the Catholic faithful celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ were “reminiscent of the Klu Klux Klan,” while fully acknowledging the religious, Catholic nature of the procession.

The author’s ignorant association of Catholics with the anti-Catholic KKK appears to try to connect Catholic’s celebration of Easter with white supremacy and bigotry.

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