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More attempts to stop Pride in Jerusalem

The zealots are relentless, pressuring officials to cancel an international gay pride slated to be held in the Holy Land.

Jewish, Christian and Moslem groups and conservative politicians have joined to denounce the festival in almost daily press conferences and media statements.

Jerusalem City Council member Mina Fenton has collected a petition with 100,000 signatures calling for the parade and festival to be cancelled.

“To hold [World Pride] in Jerusalem is a provocation and a declared mockery of all that is precious and sacred in the Holy city of Jerusalem in the eyes of the entire world,” the petition says.

The funny thing is, these bigots pull out the same old hoary quotes from last year’s protests against a Pride celebration in the Holy Land. Take this loser Rabbi Yehuda Levin, of the Orthodox Rabbinical Alliance of America and Jews for Morality. (365gay):

At a weekend news conference he called the gay parade the “spiritual rape of Jerusalem.” “This is not the homo-land, this is the Holy Land,” he declared.

He apparently is recycling this golden oldie from 2005, bleated by fundie Rev. Leo Giovinetti of San Diego’s Mission Valley Christian Fellowship on the same topic.

[It’s] “the spiritual rape of the Holy City. This is not the homo land, this is the Holy Land.”

Hey, if they can do it, I can too. Here’s the band of bigots, united last year at a press conference to oppose the Pride march in Jerusalem:

“We can’t permit anybody to come and make the Holy City dirty. This is very ugly and very nasty to have these people come to Jerusalem.”

— Abdel Aziz Bukhari, a Sufi sheik (2005)

“They are creating a deep and terrible sorrow that is unbearable. It hurts all of the religions. We are all against it.”

— Shlomo Amar, Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi (2005)

“We ask your Excellency to issue an emotional, strong, and unequivocal call against this horrible phenomenon, in the hope that the amalgamation of protests being voiced by religious leaders… will prevent the willful wrongdoers to damage and corrupt the ways of humanity.”

— wrote Rabbi Amar in a letter to Papa Ratzi this week
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