Why, Fr. Chris would have to be particularly scornful and mean-spirited to use mockingly that icon for himself if what you insinuated (that people are using the icon to show solidarity with said muted poster) is true. Thankfully, we know that can't possibly the case.
I have made no secret that I am of Irish ancestry; my grandmother is even from County Armagh, as I have stated elsewhere in this site. When I lived with her in my early years, she taught me many lessons in her accent and bright eyes about this wonderful saint. And she was a Protestant!
How many of you can say the same?
I have venerated the relics of this saint, and he has always interceded for me when I have asked him. In my icon corner, St Patrick is literally next to my own patron. How many of you can say the same?
On March 17, I have a Liturgy for St Patrick, Isoapostolon, Enlightener of Ireland, along with St Alexios the Man of God. How many of you can say the same?
On March 17, I even wear a green collar tab instead of the white one, because that was shown me by another priest of Irish descent I met while at seminary as another way to honor the Holy St Patrick. I even was in the Irish parade at the Greek seminary in Boston... helped to start that tradition, actually. How many of you can say that?