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« on: February 17, 2006, 06:33:36 PM »

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Plans for Moscow gay pride parade hit roadblock http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid25771.asp



Plans for a first-ever gay pride parade in Moscow hit a major roadblock Thursday when the city administration announced that it would not consider an application to allow the parade, London's The Independent reports. A spokesperson for Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said the proposed event, which would be the first of its kind in the country, had "caused outrage in society, particularly among religious leaders."

As local gay and lesbian activists have worked to gain permission to stage the parade, scheduled for May 27, the 13th anniversary of Russia's decriminalization of homosexuality, various church leaders have publicly decried the idea. The bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church called the event a "cynical mockery" and compared homosexuality with leprosy, while a Muslim cleric threatened violent protests should the parade happen.

"If they come out on the streets anyway, they should be flogged," chief mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin said. "Any normal person would do that—Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike." He added that the protests "might be even more intense than protests abroad against those controversial cartoons."

Parade organizers said plans will still go forward and that a formal application to stage the event will be made in May. They were also considering taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights. (Advocate.com)




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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2006, 06:55:40 PM »

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Plans for Moscow gay pride parade hit roadblock http://www.advocate.com/news_detail_ektid25771.asp



Plans for a first-ever gay pride parade in Moscow hit a major roadblock Thursday when the city administration announced that it would not consider an application to allow the parade, London's The Independent reports. A spokesperson for Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said the proposed event, which would be the first of its kind in the country, had "caused outrage in society, particularly among religious leaders."

As local gay and lesbian activists have worked to gain permission to stage the parade, scheduled for May 27, the 13th anniversary of Russia's decriminalization of homosexuality, various church leaders have publicly decried the idea. The bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church called the event a "cynical mockery" and compared homosexuality with leprosy, while a Muslim cleric threatened violent protests should the parade happen.

"If they come out on the streets anyway, they should be flogged," chief mufti Talgat Tadzhuddin said. "Any normal person would do that—Muslims and Orthodox Christians alike." He added that the protests "might be even more intense than protests abroad against those controversial cartoons."

Parade organizers said plans will still go forward and that a formal application to stage the event will be made in May. They were also considering taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights. (Advocate.com)






Imagine that, I guess we can expect to hear from the sexually disfunctional before long.  Russian may be ahead of the curve on this in spite of what the useless European neighbors have to say.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2006, 07:29:46 PM »

It will be interesting to see the reaction to this in the next few weeks.  I'm sure it will be a lot of "Russia is still backwards" or things to that extent.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2006, 07:35:56 PM »

The bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church called the event a "cynical mockery" and compared homosexuality with leprosy

Personally I think this shows a lot of moral courage on the part of the unnamed bishop and the authorities and applaud their actions.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2006, 07:43:30 PM »

Absolutely; I can respect the right of free speech and assembly.  But this is grandstanding, and the bishop (and the Church) called them out on it. 
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2006, 03:25:29 AM »

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Russian may be ahead of the curve on this in spite of what the useless European neighbors have to say.

While Godless Western Europeans is a popular stereotype that the Fox News types especially love, it really isn't entirely true.  Even the most liberal EU nations have a much lower abortion rate than the US, for example.  And really few Russians have any moral authority to stand on issues like homosexuality when Russians are aborting themselves out of existence and in most other ways are like another other post communist void of atheism.  Hence I think it is proper to question whether this parade was banned because of homophobia or Christan love.  Eitherway one less gay celebration probably makes the world a better place - but I wouldn't call it a victory for Orthodoxy just yet.   
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