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Serbian Gays Ask Church To Condemn Anti-Gay Violence

Jim Burroway

July 16th, 2010

According to the AP:

Serbian gay group has asked to meet with the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, to seek his help in curbing anti-gay violence. The Gay-Lesbian Info Center says in a statement posted on the group’s website that gay people “are suffering violence on a daily basis” and that many assailants justify attacks with religious beliefs.

The church has not responded to the request. Serbia is predominantly Orthodox, and the church holds considerable influence in the country. Last year’s planned Pride was canceled over threats from extremists.



Paul in Canada
July 16th, 2010 | LINK

Having worked in Serbia for a number of years (UNAIDS), I can tell you to “not hold your breath” on this one. The Church, often accused of supporting the hatred and even ethnic cleansing in Bosnia (at least shielding some of the military on the run and inciting fundamentalism), is no less hateful to the LBGTQ community. In fact, AP reported (don’t have the links anymore) that it was the Serbian orthodox church behind much of the anti-gay, anti-pride rhetoric last year.


July 19th, 2010 | LINK

Wow – shame, shame. So eager to stick to dogma, they are not willing to help out people in need. Sounds distinctly anti-christian to me.

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