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International Gayhaters Vs. Prague Pride And Friends

Prague-pride2012Tomorrow, Czechs will celebrate Pride in Prague, and the US State Department's helping. Exactly what the State Department's up to is difficult to know without reading Czech, but the US Embassy is, at the very least, promoting Pride like mad on its website

The embassy is very clear on why it's gotten involved:

Prague Pride Festival will focus on the topic of minorities within the LGBT community. The main goal of this Festival is to address discriminatory behavior based on sexual orientation and to promote a tolerant civil society and equal opportunities in the Czech Republic.

Tolerance! Equal opportunities! The embassy doesn't even mention "marriage"! 

Still, some Americans are upset. Elite homophobes of the United States and elsewhere have come together to protest with a very angry letter:

We the undersigned pro-family and pro-life leaders vigorously protest the participation of the United States Embassy in the Czech Republic in a so-called gay-pride parade which will take place on August 18.

As representatives of the international pro-family movement, we note the following:

The full list of complaints is tediously long, but includes:

At the directive of the president of the United States, Washington is aggressively promoting the “gay’’ agenda internationally, including same-sex “marriage” and the stigmatization and marginalization of any who object to the same. 

And:

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948) provides that “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.” 

And: 

The Madrid Declaration of World Congress of Families VI (May 25-27, 2012) -- which was unanimously adopted by more than 3,200 delegates from 72 countries -- provides, in part: “We affirm the natural family to be the union of a man and a woman through marriage for the purposes of sharing love and joy, propagating children, providing their moral education, building a vital home economy, offering security in times of trouble, and binding the generations.” 

(This is an odd thing to mention, because the World Congress of Families, an international collection of anti-science, hyper-religious wackadoos, has no authority over anything but itself.)

And:

We can not imagine a worse form of cultural imperialism than Washington trying to force approval of the “gay” agenda on societies with traditional values. 

The letter also includes a shout-out to Czech gayhater Michal Semin, who asserts on his webpage that the site of the first-ever Pride celebration was ancient Sodom.

Signatories of note include Scott Lively, Linda Harvey, Peter LaBarbera, Tom Wildmon, Tom DeLay, and, most troublingly, Nigeria's Theresa Okafor, who runs the anti-gay Foundation For African Cultural Heritage

(HT: RightWingWatch.)

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  1. Inflammatory rhetoric from The World Congress of Families, an organization that might not get much publicity here, but is a very big deal overseas in the more conservative, evangelical-influenced, Orthodox and Catholic countries. Hate knows no national boundaries. The question is, what do people of good will do about something like this?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 12, 2012 12:53:33 PM


  2. Since the Czech Republic is the LEAST religious country in the world it's very disappointing that it is becoming more and more homophobic. A recent survey showed that it is one of only two or three countries in the world that are becoming MORE homophobic. Very strange for a country that prides itself in being the most secular country on earth.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Aug 12, 2012 1:02:26 PM


  3. Ah the homophobe international! Since their messages of intolerance now fall on deaf ears in the West, they have to export their hate to Central & Eastern Europe and Africa.

    I don't think they'll get much traction in Prague.

    Tampazeke: I think that survey was overblown, and "more homophobic" when you're not very homophobic to begin with is (I hope) not a very serious problem.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 12, 2012 1:42:20 PM


  4. Yes, American imperialism is bad. Like "the Family" going to Africa to encourage homophobia to the point of Uganda drafting a "kill the Gays" bill. Funny how when they are pushing their own agenda, it's fine and dandy, but when a country is supporting tolerance and peace, that's somehow suspect. Damn, these right wing nuts really, really hate us, and have no shame being liars and hypocrites to get their own way.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Aug 12, 2012 1:46:26 PM


  5. Since religion is declining in Europe, zealots and bigots desperately try to portray themselves as relevant.

    Posted by: ezam | Aug 12, 2012 2:05:30 PM


  6. I filmed the very first Prague Pride last year and the controversy that surrounded it was pretty amped leading up to the parade, but as it turned out the uproar made the crowd 4-5 times larger than they predicted initially and it actually turned out to be an amazing parade. You can watch the video here if you want:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0arAH83rbl4

    -Kev

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 12, 2012 9:07:09 PM


  7. Hate is anything that doesn't agree with you. Of course they will have the pride day, after all the work some gay graphic artist put into that logo? It's such a relief to know that the beginning of the end of all this sort of misuse of our government started yesterday. Prepare for a shock in November.

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 12, 2012 11:57:05 PM


  8. I'm amused that the overly self-important World Congress of Families is pushing the term "natural marriage". Of course, this implies that marriage equality is approval for "unnatural marriages". I think this is called begging the question. On the other hand, I suppose "natural marriage" produces only "natural children" -- this used to mean illegitimate children. Maybe it still does.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 13, 2012 9:07:14 AM


  9. "The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948) provides that 'Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family.'”

    Interesting. That wording is not very specific. It does not actually say "...have the right to marry someone of the opposite sex." So one could interpret that statement to mean that any man has the right to get married, and any woman has the right to get married. It doesn't say to whom. It could also be interpreted to show support for polygamous and polyandrous marriages. So it's kind of funny that the "one man + one woman" proponents have trotted out that quote.

    Posted by: B. Snow | Aug 13, 2012 6:24:07 PM


  10. were doing exactly what broke the back of the hate in W. Europe its requiring that the EU countries support all minority rights

    BTW I've read that chech is still quite religious catholic.

    with a pope who UNexcommunicated a holocaust denier

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/erbe/2009/02/05/pope-should-excommunicate-holocaust-denying-bishop-williamson?msg=1 - comments

    Posted by: billyWingartenson | Aug 24, 2012 6:27:15 PM


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