Russias top Catholic representative Archbishop Àntonio Mennini sided with fundamentalist Muslim and Jewish religious leaders this week to publicly back Mayor Luzhkovs decision to ban Moscows upcoming Gay Pride Parade.
I think it is a wise decision, Archbishop Mennini told Russian news agency Interfax.
I would like to point out what is essential and indisputable to any reasonable person: such a manifestation (demonstration) would certainly lead to an aggravated tension in Russian society and possibly even to violence, which is inadmissible in any case, he suggested.
His comments echoed those of Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexis II and chairman Rabbi Zinoviy Kogan who both previously described Pride as propaganda for sin and Grand Mufti Talgat Tajuddin, who urged Muslims and Orthodox believers to thrash any gays daring to take to the streets.
The Archbishops comments appeared as civil rights champion Peter Tatchell became actively involved in the issue, telling Russian portal GayRussia.ru there are only two options: run and hide or stand and fight.
Keeping our heads down is not an option, he advised, Hiding and compromising just gives homophobes encouragement. They think they can get away with bashing us. It is only when we are strong and defiant that the bigots will start giving us respect.
Yuri Luzhkovs bigoted attitudes towards gay people are closer to those of Islamist fundamentalists than to the humanitarian values of the European
Enlightenment, he continued, Osama bin Laden would no doubt approve of the Mayors hardline homophobia.
http://gayrussia.ru/en/visit/detail.php?ID=4481 (Peter Tatchell: Keeping our heads down is not an option. Hiding and compromising just gives homophobes encouragement. They think they can get away with bashing us. It is only when we are strong and defiant that the bigots will start giving us respect . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)