Court Allows Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade
Pay up, Uri.
Looks like the religious homo-bigots in the Holy Land that wanted to ban the annual Pride parade (that had been held peacefully in previous years) just to make a point get to eat it — AND the mayor gets to cough up cash for his bigotry, hahahahahaha.
An Israeli court ruled Sunday that Jerusalem’s gay pride parade could proceed as planned this week and ordered the city’s mayor to pay $6,500 out of his own pocket for trying to stop it.
In rare cooperation, the ultra Orthodox Jewish and Muslim communities in the holy city had tried to prevent the parade, scheduled for June 30, saying it would infringe on their religious sensitivities. Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, said he would not allow the events to take place on public property. The city said that it received many phone calls from local residents opposed to the public parade.
About half of Jerusalem’s majority Jewish residents are Orthodox or ultra-Orthodox, a much higher percentage than the national average. A third of the city’s 700,000 people are Muslims. Both Orthodox Judaism and Islam regard homosexuality as an abomination. Representatives of Jerusalem’s Muslim community have threatened to stage a protest opposing the parade, saying that it harms Muslim heritage and traditions.
The judge, however, ruled that the city had no right to prevent such public events based solely on the sexual orientation of its organizers. “The harming of the sensitivities of one community or another is not enough to prevent another community from fulfilling its rights to equality, respect and freedom of expression,” Jerusalem District Court Judge Musya Arad wrote.
The city must pay Jerusalem’s gay community $13,000, with half coming from the mayor’s own funds, the judge ruled.
“The court decision today is a victory not just for the lesbian and gay community in Jerusalem, but a triumph for freedom of speech,” said Hagai El-Ad, director of Open House for Pride and Tolerance, a gay rights group.
The poor Freepi, play a tiny violin for them, Actually, there are a few in Freeperland that actually agree with the ruling, if you can believe it…
“It looks like Israel is having to deal with thier own judicial activism.”
“They could have a little problem with the Islamists stone them.”
“Liberalism shows its corrosive, nihilistic face everywhere in the Western world, including Israel. If the jihadis had half a brain, they’d just quietly sit back, take advantage of liberal welfare and racial preferences, produce zillions of offspring, and bide their time. The west would fall into their hands like an over-ripe plum, courtesy of western liberals.”
“Oh, I dunno. I kind of like the idea of making an official responsible for the costs his abuse of office inflicts. We can quibble about the immediate case but the principle seems sound.”
“In this case the mayor was acting in the good faith of his constituency and is being punished by a special interest minority. This has nothing to do with making an elected official responsible for abuse of office, otherwise Sharon would be paying for the entire disengagement out of his own personal purse.”
“Apparently, from this article, the parade has been a yearly event for several years. The mayor tried to pull a last minute trick, when he thought the march organizers wouldn’t have enough time to respond. Sounds like the mayor tried to play a last-minute dirty trick and got his a$$ handed to him. Good for the court.”
“How do you say “this sucks” in Hebrew.”
“Nothing like the Mayor having to pay the queers for the screwing he got from the court.”
“Invite islamists to the parade.”
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have the exclusive stone concession for the parade route? That would be a rare case of Arab youths and orthodox Jews in the same line at the same time. The judges in the free world need to thoroughly examined on their ability to tell right from wrong.”
“There is no such thing as a “dirty trick” where this gang is concerned. This is something the residents of the city do not want, and which is being shoved down their throats by the queers and liberal-agenda activist court.”
“America’s judicial activism, although for the most part conducted by the Socialist Internationalist’s identical ideological clones — and whose ‘End Times’ are intended to be also identical — is but child’s play when compared to that under whose manifestation the Israelis “Labour!””
“In the U.S., the group would have a right to peacefully march within the guidelines set for groups in general, whether the people of the city approved of them or not. I don’t know how rights are protected in Israel with regard to political marches. In any case, the mayor knew this march was scheduled and waited for the last minute to do anything about it. I’d call it a dirty trick. At the very least, it was pretty stupid strategically.”
“Awful beyond intelligent comprehension. Relativism-Hell-on-Earth which, given its head, would absolutely abdicate Zionism and hand all of Israel and every Israeli Jew [And every Mid-East Christian] over to the islamofascists.”
“There is no precedent in the history of the civilized world of “celebrating” those who practice same sex sodomy. To force the Mayor to pay for this outrage out of his own pocket is such a miscarriage of justice that it is sickening. I hope the Mayor has a higher court to appeal to. And the (deleted adjective) judge who made this terrible decision will, at some point, have to plead her case before a higher court, and the decision will not be in her favor.”
Thanks to House Blender Cat for the pointer.