Jerusalem and 'gay pride'
The 'gay pride' demonstration that is scheduled, still, for Friday in Jerusalem, may be postponed until next Friday due to the continuing violence in Gaza, Haaretz reports. The Jerusalem Post, citing an Army Radio broadcast, reports that a 'march of beasts' is planned Thursday afternoon by "religious opponents" of the scheduled parade: the precise purpose of this parade of horses and cattle not being quite clear to me. A decision is expected Thursday morning--i.e., at any time.
In other developments anent this parade, the Holy See instructed the apostolic nuncio yesterday to convey its request that the demonstration be cancelled, as many of the radical Orthodox, who have been engaged in sometimes violent protests all week, and the Muslims and Christians have desired:
"The Holy See has reiterated on many occasions that the right to freedom of expression ... is subject to just limits, in particular when the exercise of this right would offend the religious sentiments of believers," the Vatican said.
"It is clear that the gay parade scheduled to take place in Jerusalem will prove offensive to the great majority of Jews, Muslims and Christians, given the sacred character of the city of Jerusalem," it said.