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Israeli Travel Group Offers First Ever Gay Tour of Auschwitz: VIDEO


To mark the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation, Hebro Travel, a new Israeli tour company serving “gay Jews and those who love us,” is to offer the first ever gay tour of Auschwitz, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

10616057_10152689450860552_4292009992408762534_nThe August Poland & Prague Pride Trip - which includes a Jewish heritage tour of the Schindler’s List route, visits to historic synagogues and stops at Auschwitz and Theresienstadt - will end with Prague’s Gay Pride festival.

Jayson Littman (right), the founder of Hebro Travel, says he has been asked “how can you go from touring concentration camps to celebrating Pride?”

The grandchild of Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz, Littman explains:

“I look at it the same way as Jewish trips that go from the camps to Israel to celebrate continuity.

“I knew I was touching on uncharted territory. I kept hearing, ‘Who wants to go on a trip like that?’ But many more people said it’s a wonderful idea. And surprisingly few people realize how many gay people were murdered in the Holocaust.”

With the trip still at the planning stage, he added:

“We’re working out details on the actual visits to the camps. It’ll probably involve laying a wreath, having a rabbi there from the local community, and inviting someone from the local LGBT population to speak as well.

“What’s been interesting is that every tour operator, Jewish or not, knows the Jewish stuff in these destinations. We’re having to fill in the blanks ourselves on some of the gay stuff.

“We’re showcasing how, after 70 years, Jewish life has blossomed, and gay life has gone through so many changes. An important part of this tour is appreciating the evolution of both communities, their contributions to society, and how governments around the world now welcome both minorities. Going to those places helps make that happen.”

Watch a video documenting Hebro's Israel and Tel Aviv Pride Trip 2014, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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. 


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.” 


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.)


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.)

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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