New York Pastor Slams Petition to Rename Uptown Street in George Carlin's Honor

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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