Over the past few Feasts of St. Patrick, I’ve been keeping a mental log of the peculiar (and often insulting) American traditions that have virtually nothing to do with the good bishop, or even the Emerald Isle. (This article summarizes several.) But this new wrinkle takes the cake: three notable beer brands and big-time St. Paddy’s Day Parade sponsors — Guinness (Ireland’s long-time biggest and best known brewery), Boston Beer Company (brewer of Sam Adams ales in an notably Irish-American city), and Heineken (uh, green bottles?) — have pulled their sponsorships because parade organizers wouldn’t allow certain pro-homosexual groups to march openly in the parade. Organizers cite the Catholic origins of St. Patrick’s Day as the rationale for excluding these groups. While I admit I don’t understand the apparent affinity between the wearing o’ the rainbow and the wearing o’ the green, I think we’ve long ago lost the right (and hopefully, the desire) to pretend our current drunken debauchery has anything to do with Catholicism. What’s left but to celebrate this feast day at home with family, and think twice the next time I buy a six-pack?