Legendary comedian George Carlin, who grew up on 121 St. in Morningside Heights between Amsterdam and Broadway, may soon have his childhood block renamed in his honor. It’s proposed the street be called “George Carlin Way.”
Comedian Kevin Bartini has been leading the campaign on Carlin’s behalf, but has unfortunately been met with opposition from a Catholic school called Corpus Christi. It’s priest, Father Rafferty, isn’t comfortable with the sometimes foul mouthed, outspoken Carlin having his name on the same street their school is located. In fact, Carlin was a well known and articulate atheist who once said, “I would never want to be a member of a group whose symbol was a guy nailed to two pieces of wood.” As such, the plan for the street to be named George Carlin Way isn’t going so smoothly.
After a meeting between Bartini, Rafferty and community board chair Cynthia Thompson, no compromises were reached. Thompson decided the best thing to do was to move forward with the proposal and put the renaming of the street to a district community board vote, which will take place April 19. Thompson said that the proposal will get the votes it needs and then be put in a bill to be voted on by the City Council, where it’s also expected to pass.
“You are all diseased. I don’t have any beliefs or allegiances. I don’t believe in this country,” Carlin said back in 2001. ” I don’t believe in religion, or a god, and I don’t believe in all these man-made institutional ideas.”
Stay tuned for the final result of this controversy, and watch Carlin’s take on religion below, courtesy of YouTube:
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