ativan, do you live in Georgia? I'm curious as to hearing more about your thoughts regarding what went on in the protest.
Currently I live in US and will be going back to Georgia soon. But I do know in details what happened. Some preliminaries: 1) This gay pride thing had been tried in Georgia several times before which failed each time. It turned into another mildly violent clash last year. They have tried to hold this also in Batumi City 2-3 years back and again failed. Many people came out in the streets. 2) Country was mourning three dead Georgian soldiers who died in Afghanistan and these people were warned not to chose this time. 3) Besides, as I know they've been also told if they wanted to hold such a thing to choose another place since that particular place is also important for Georgians. In April 9 of 1989
20 Georgians died out of Russian's hand for freedom. Conducting such a dirty show in a sacred spot is very painful for Georgians. 4) Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II has warned them that it was not a good idea and would lead to opposition. 5) There's was a gathering the day prior at that particular area and people clearly expressed that such a thing should not be hold.
In short if they (organizer's of gay parade) really cared about democracy and if they really were rational beings they would've aborted the whole thing.
As Georgian's position against gay people is concerned it is such: they've lived in our country before these incidents and nobody was hurt because they were gay. We don't think we are any batter then them. Although we recognize that it is abominable sin we don't judge them. They can do whatever they want to do in their own homes (and this was clearly stated by many protesters), though as a human I don't wish them to be sunk in such a sin. Violence was not an effect of our hate against them (which we don't have to start with) but an act to curtail the spread of disease in the future generation, that's it. I totally support such a thing because future generation matters for me. I have 2 children on my own. If I don't wish anything like these to them I don't wish it to any child in the world and God knows it.
I should admit though that our Church is not perfect either and we too have totally unholy priests some of whom are even hidden gays themselves. Our church is not perfect; Our clergy may exhibit aggression or whatever, they are also humans. I definitely will not approve Priest's aggression (but they should be involved in such matters) against gays. Though as I've already mentioned I totally approve such a "prophylactic" on people's side. To me it also seems that this was "controlled" violence. If we really hated gays there would've been many dead bodies before and after. In reality nobody got hurt seriously. There were minor injuries only.