Hate to Love
What does it take to get the three major religions that claim Jeruselem as a spiritual center to agree about something?
A goodly dose of intolerance and hate.
International gay leaders are planning a 10-day WorldPride festival and parade in Jerusalem this August, saying they want to make a statement about tolerance and diversity in the Holy City, home to three great religious traditions.
Now a number of leaders of the three faiths, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, are making a rare show of unity to try to stop the festival. They say it would desecrate the city and convey the erroneous impression that homosexuality is acceptable.
Christian and Muslim alike fear this event will call down God's wrath.
Muslim Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari voiced concern that the festival could draw down divine wrath akin to that which destroyed the biblical city of Sodom.
"God destroyed the city and we don't want this to happen to us. God will punish us if we allow this to happen," he said.
...California pastor Leo Giovinetti said hosting the 10-day World Pride event could bring divine retribution upon Jerusalem, citing the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorra as a precedent.
Mr Giovinetti is not speaking against the World Pride event out of intolerance.
He said, "I haven't come because I have hate for the homosexuals, I've come because I have love for the Jews…And I believe this is one of those moments where the Jews and the Christians can come together and truly be people of the Book, and make a united stand for what has always been known historically as a sin."
Mr Giovinetti seems to have left out his fellow fundamentalist homophobes, the Islamic monotheists. Go figure.
The aims of the event:
Jerusalem WorldPride 2005 will…
* Jerusalem WorldPride 2005 will make history in one of the world’s most historic cities. With the eyes of the world on them, the international LGBT community will bring a message of unity and reconciliation to people troubled by conflict.
* Jerusalem WorldPride 2005 will bring a message of dignity and acceptance to a city holy to three of the world’s great religious faiths.
* Jerusalem WorldPride 2005 will claim the rightful place of lesbians and gays in world history and culture.