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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Men in dresses and fancy hats oppose gay pride festival.

 Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders unite in opposition to gay pride festival in Jerusalem

This photo could just as easily be titled "Bigotry Brings Us Together, or How Homophobia Builds Interfaith Bridges" a bleak trend to witness. Here we have a meeting of religious leaders opposed to an international gay pride festival in Jerusalem: Sheik Abed es-Salem Menasra, deputy mufti of Jerusalem; the Rev. Michael Sabbagh, Latin patriarch; the Rev. Aris Shirvanian, Armenian patriarch; Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Sephardic chief rabbi. Of course, an American Evangelical brought them all together:

Interfaith agreement is unusual in Israel. The leaders' joint opposition was initially generated by the Rev. Leo Giovinetti, an evangelical pastor from San Diego who is both a veteran of the American culture war over homosexuality and a frequent visitor to Israel, where he has formed relationships with rabbis and politicians.

("Clerics of 3 Faiths Protest Gay Festival Planned for Jerusalem," Laurie Goodstein and Greg Myre, New York Times 3.31.05, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 31 March 2005 at 8:45 AM

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9 comments:

Peacebang:

March 31, 2005 09:13 AM | Permalink for this comment

I think that it would have been so funny if my obituary had read, "Minister Dead at 39; Chokes On Coffee at Computer." My question: was it a homo-cide?
Given the subject matter, I mean?

This reminds me of how that crazy hate-monger Fred Phelps (pardon me, the REVEREND Fred Phelps) shows up to protest gay love while wearing hot pants himself. Practically Speedos. Fellas, just embrace the fabulousness. I swear it's God's will.

roger:

March 31, 2005 09:41 AM | Permalink for this comment

best blog title of the day.
I'm beginning to think that evangelical and pastor are an oxymoron...

Timothy Holder:

March 31, 2005 10:23 AM | Permalink for this comment

Please put me on e-mail list. Thank you. TH

Tony:

March 31, 2005 12:27 PM | Permalink for this comment

And it looks like at least one of them has a working familiarity with sequins!

chutney:

March 31, 2005 02:03 PM | Permalink for this comment

As my grampy would say, that Phelps is queer as a hen's tooth. Or something like that anyhow.

Benjamin:

March 31, 2005 03:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

Though it's already been said, I have to agree -- your title is absolute comic genius. Thanks for the laugh.

Michelle:

March 31, 2005 04:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

Funny title indeed. Though I think it was more rueful chuckle for me rather than choking on my tea laughter.

It's hard when someone I've admired, like Michel Sabbah, who has written and spoken so eloquently on behalf of Palestinian liberation, continues to embrace oppression of homosexuals (including my gay half Arab Roman Catholic godfather) and ignores their need for liberation.

Lord have mercy. And I guess I can be thankful the Lord does have mercy, even when his people don't.

Paul:

April 2, 2005 07:14 AM | Permalink for this comment

Gay Pride ? Alright that's fine . Now I want one for "Southern Male Heterosexual Pride!" LOL

Philocrites:

April 2, 2005 10:44 AM | Permalink for this comment

Huh, Paul, I wouldn't have guessed that's a group that's exactly struggling for recognition. But if the already existing celebrations of straight Southern masculinity don't cut it for you, have a go at it. And do send a picture.



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