Gay Humianists call on London's Mayor

[english] GAY HUMANISTS CALL ON LONDON'S MAYOR TO REPUDIATE HIS
MOSCOW COUNTERPART'S BAN ON GAY PRIDE PARADE

The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has called on the Mayor of
London, Ken Livingstone, to appeal to his counterpart in Moscow to lift the
ban on a gay pride parade in the city.

The Mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, has said that all attempts to organise a
gay parade, in any form, open or disguised, will be „resolutely quashed”.
His press secretary, Sergey Tsoy, said that the reports about the proposed
parade „have evoked outrage in society, in particular among religious
leaders.”

GALHA' secretary, George Broadhead, said: „We are asking Ken Livingstone to
point out to the mayor of Moscow that a gay pride celebration is a
recognition of lesbian and gay human rights and should be welcomed. It is
not something to be disapproved of or banned. The GALHA letter praises Mr
Livingstone for his long-standing support for lesbian and gay rights -
notably inaugurating the first ever registration of their partnerships – and
his enthusiastic support for the London Pride events.

On Tuesday, Chief Russian Mufti Talgat Tajuddin said gays could be beaten if
they go ahead with pride celebrations in the capital. „Muslims' protests can
be even worse than these notorious rallies abroad over the scandalous
cartoons,” Tajuddin, of Russia's Central Spiritual Governance for Muslims,
told the Interfax news agency.

Russia's Chief Rabbi, Berl Lazar, said on Thursday said that anything
promoting what he called „sexual perversions” does not have the right to
exist. „I would like to assure you, that the parade of homosexuals it is not
less offensive to the feelings of believers than any caricatures in
newspapers,” Lazar said, linking the pride parade with the current furore
over the cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed published in Denmark.

George Broadhead commented: „The comments by these religious leaders are
crude, dangerous and totally abhorrent. Is it not an offence to incite
violence against people in Russia? Are gay people so unacceptable that the
authorities can give their approval to statements such as that of Talgat
Tajuddin that it is alright to attack them physically? T he aggression of
some Muslim extremists is such that it is quite likely that participants in
any parade will be killed or seriously injured. These men of God or Allah
are barbaric bigots.”

www.galha.org

1 komentarz do: Gay Humianists call on London's Mayor

  • pavle

    [Re: Gay Humianists call on London's Mayor]

    ho ho, jeszcze lepiej niż w Polszcze. ale miło słyszeć, że w matuszka Rasija też ma przywódców religijnych za najistotniejszy element społeczeństwa, a może raczej że przywódcy religijni sami mają się tam za najistotniejszy element.




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