New York Pastor Slams Petition to Rename Uptown Street in George Carlin's Honor
More than 6,500 people have thrown their support behind a movement to immortalize the late comic’s name with a street sign.
Three years after his death, comedian George Carlin is still stirring controversy in his former Morningside Heights neighborhood.
While more than 6,500 people have signed a petition requesting to re-name a stretch of road after the late comic, Rev. Raymond Rafferty hopes to prevent the request from being approved. Rafferty serves as the principal of Carlin’s Catholic alma mater – Corpus Christi School – and the church’s pastor.
“Certainly he made his early work a mockery of this particular place – certainly a lot of people by name,” Rafferty said, according to CBS News. “He was also an extremely vulgar person.”
If approved, the street sign bearing Carlin’s name would sit directly across from the Corpus Christi School.
The petition was presented at a Community Board 9 meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6 in front of a standing-room-only audience. Among supporters, education administrator Fred Schnur said that Carlin was only exercising his rights.
“If overall he did more good than not good, then I see no harm in having a street named after him,” Schnur said.
“My response to that? It would be fine, but not on this street,” Rafferty countered.
A decision on the street name will not be made until the church’s position is officially stated in a public meeting.