A New York priest is protesting the naming of a street after George Carlin because of the language the late commedian used. The priest stated such an action dishonors the Church.
Some who knew Carlin growing up feel it is fitting to rename the part of 121st street, between Amsterdam and Broadway, in honor of him. Both the priest and the school Carlin attended disagree.
Rafferty does not want the schoolchildren to see Carlin’s name and become exposed to the language Carlin used in his comedy acts.
“Certainly he made his early work a mockery of this particular place — certainly a lot of people by name,” said Pastor Raymond Rafferty of Corpus Christi Church.
“He also was an extremely vulgar person,” Rafferty said.
However, many residents believe Carlin deserves the honor of having a street named after him.
“If overall he did more good than not good, then I see no harm in having a street named after him,” education administrator Fred Schnur said.
Rafferty’s response was, “My response to that? It would be fine, but not on this street.” Adding it would be a slap in the face to the Church.
The community board has made no final decision concerning renaming the street.
In honour of George Carlin: