October 4th, 2012
For the second year in a row, Serbian authorities banned all gatherings planned for gay pride in Belgrade in Saturday. The announcement followed demands made earlier in the day by Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej that the parade and an associated exhibit, “Ecce Hommo” be shut down by authorities. According to Belgrade radio B92:
Goran MiletiÄ‡, one of the organizers, told B92 that they had received an explanation from the MUP (The Interior Ministry) “which said absolutely nothing except to quote a legal article which stated that it had been appraised that security could be jeopardized during the gathering”.
“If the state capitulated last year, this is an open coalition with hooligans considering that representatives of the executive branch of government completely adopted the arguments of extremist organizations, and even their demands,” said MiletiÄ‡.
The order places Serbia in a clearly awkward position in regard to its relationship with the European Union, which Serbia has been seeking to join. Serbian authorities took great pains to paint the decision in terms of public safety rather than an infringement human rights. Prime Minister Ivica DaÄiÄ‡ told B92:
:First of all, this decision was made in order to protect the lives of citizens, including members of the police,” DaÄiÄ‡ said and added that only for securing today’s exhibition, “which causes great distress to the public because in it Jesus Christ is mentioned in a provocative context”, at least 2,000 policemen must be engaged.
The prime minister added that at this moment, “the last thing Serbia needs are clashes and victims”, and concluded:
“It is very important for the credibility of Serbia to show the strength of the state. And this does not amount to any kind of capitulation before some who think they can use their paramilitary or any other threats to endanger the holding of public gatherings – it means that it has been assessed that, at this time, serious violations of public peace and order could occur, which would seriously jeopardize interests of the citizens and the state as a whole.”
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Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
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