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NY Oath Keepers Overcome “Fake News” To March In St. Patrick’s Day Parade

by Chip Murray

After the failed attempt by the Leftist propagandists at the Chronicle “newspaper” to have Oath Keepers bounced from the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a dozen smiling pair of Oath Keeping eyes were back for the second year to represent the Orange County Chapter of Oath Keepers on a perfect sunny day in Goshen, NY this past Sunday.

Earlier in the week, Chapter Co-Leader Chip Murray had been contacted by a reporter from the Chronicle to do a story on the Oath Keepers. Murray realized the reporter’s motive seconds into the call after the reporter brought up the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Within minutes after the interview, Murray received another call…this time from a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Parade Committee who had just received a call from the same newspaper, threatening to disrupt the parade with demonstrations if Oath Keepers were allowed to march. Fortunately, the committeewoman was a longtime friend of Murray’s. Murray suggested that he and his Co-Leader and fellow Irishman Matt McDonnell would be delighted to meet with the committee to educate them on the nefarious background of the SPLC, and the history of the late John Wallace’s successful efforts to have NY Oath Keepers exonerated from their libelous and malicious smear attack last summer.

Chip and Matt met with the committee this past Tuesday. The committee voted unanimously in favor of keeping Oath Keepers in the parade after an FBI agent gave them his positive testimony in support of the organization…and then awarded Murray and McDonnell with a lovely pair of pints of Murphy’s Irish Stout.

Joining Murray and McDonnell on the Sunday March were Matt’s wife Kelly, Bret Hamilton, Bill Banuchi, David Green, Kenn and Cathy Sapeta, Kathy Zebzda, Ed Durfee, Jim Breheny, Angela Desmond, and videographer Mert Melfa. They were greeted by warm crowds with cheers, thumbs-up, and expressions of gratitude throughout the entire parade route, and invited back to the AOH Lodge to join in their post-parade festivities.


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  1. Lookin’ good, OK! I love the sound of bagpipes, makes the old spine straighten and chin go up. And you had such a perfect day for it–God was smiling on you!

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