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Czech President Condemns 13 Western Countries for Defending Prague's Gay Pride Festival

Thirteen embassies seated in Prague, including Canada, Germany, Spain, United States, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland signed a joint statement supporting the Prague Gay Pride carnival to be held next week, following homophobic remarks last week from Petr Hajek, an aide of Czech President Vaclav Klaus (pictured), which were endorsed by his boss.

Klaus Said Hajek:

"The homosexuals' pressure action that will take place under the 'pretty Czech name' gay parade in Prague is not any innocent entertainment...It is a serious demonstration of a certain vision of the values in the world. It is a world in which traditional family plays no role...In this world, the monster of multiculturalism devours deep national traditions and cultural roots...It is a world in which sexual or any other deviation is elevated to a virtue, abnormality to a norm, the destruction of society to holy progress...A white man, heterosexual and Christian [is typically the endangered species in the world the participants in the event advocate]."

The British Embassy initiated the statement of support, according to Prague Monitor,  but claimed that it has no connection with the statements of Hajek and Klaus.

Said the statement: "We express our solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the Czech Republic, supporting their right to use this occasion to march together peacefully and lawfully, in order to raise awareness of the specific issues that affect them...Our governments seek to combat such discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by promoting the human rights of all people."

Klaus today condemned the 13 embassies for their support:

Klaus says he considers a joint statement by the diplomats based in Prague, including U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen, an “unprecedented step.” The president said Monday he could not imagine that any Czech ambassador would dare use a petition to influence a political discussion in any democratic country.

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  1. Oh, whine, whine, whine. Goddamn bigot!

    Posted by: justinw | Aug 8, 2011 11:06:22 AM


  2. Seeing as the gay clubs in prague openly get to promote what events they have, including Alcatraz's monthly fisting nights. I'm not too worried about the Klaus. the Czech republic has a long tradition of ignoring government officials.

    Posted by: D.B. | Aug 8, 2011 11:22:08 AM


  3. Klaus is from a right going on extreme right wing party. He has majority in the Parliament being allied with another extreme right party. His statement is not only homophobic, but also racist, sexist and xenophobe.
    The good part is that in general, in Eastern Europe people tend to ignore their government officials.

    Posted by: RandyN | Aug 8, 2011 11:42:40 AM


  4. The Czechs are one of the few countries that have seen an increase in homophobia the past five years. So whether they ignore what this bigot has to say or not, the reality is homophobia is an extreme issue in Central/Eastern Europe and these statements validate this reality.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 8, 2011 12:11:17 PM


  5. Kick them out of the UN and let them go back to being Czechoslovakia. Suits them better.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Aug 8, 2011 1:05:53 PM


  6. "The president said Monday he could not imagine that any Czech ambassador would dare use a petition to influence a political discussion in any democratic country." What a LIE! Replace the word "Czech" with any of the homophobic, racist words in the statement and expect the Czech Republic to recall its ambassadors. If the Czech voters ignore their politicians, maybe they should change their politicians... just saying.

    Posted by: Hue-Man | Aug 8, 2011 1:07:24 PM


  7. Hajek would have been great at warming up the crowd at the Nuremberg rallies.

    Posted by: Danny | Aug 8, 2011 2:16:52 PM


  8. So I guess the Communists didn't drive out all the Nazis?

    Posted by: Attmay | Aug 8, 2011 3:33:15 PM


  9. Suddenly it's 1968.

    Posted by: agcons | Aug 8, 2011 4:10:11 PM


  10. Oh no ... not the Czechs ... what will we do without their support ...

    Posted by: MDK | Aug 8, 2011 4:17:05 PM


  11. We've heard these words out of Czech mouths before, and their own nation paid the price. All that noise, if ignored in your own land, can become another Reich almost without your help. Or, with your tacit help.

    Posted by: Chevytexas | Aug 9, 2011 9:24:05 PM


  12. Petr Hajek, a mentor of President V. Klaus, today said the boulevard Flash:
    "As the Pope said in an interview - homosexuality is a disease. But it is a disease of the soul. I identify strongly with him. Every gay is exposed to terrible danger, what happens to his soul. Homosexuality is destroying the soul."


    More in the article Homosexuality destroys the soul.www.blesk.cz/clanek/zpravy-politika/157366/rozhovor-s-hajkem-homosexualita-nici-dusi.html

    Posted by: Bart | Aug 10, 2011 10:49:50 AM


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