Thursday, June 29, 2006

Should a gay parade be allowed in Jerusalem?

Jerusalem is perhaps one of the holiest places in the world, as jews, christians and muslims (the three bigger monotheist religions) have reasons to glorify and defend such city's religious importance. A city to show our devotion and faith (I mean, for any who follows any of the religions mentioned above).
However, the city council authorized the performance of a gay parade that will take place from August 6 to 10. And this has brought sour consequences among the city's residents. The most angry are the orthodox jews, as they consider this event as an aberration that insults the Holy City. They are actually thinking of causing a boicott in the parade, speaking about perverts, sodomy and abomination while the march develops. However, here they find another dilemma: How will they speak to their children about forbidden issues like homosexuality? How will they explain why are they so angry about a such parade in Jerusalem, the Holy City? Well, maybe they could find their answer if they read the Bible, where it states that "You must not have sexual intercourse with a male as one has sexual intercourse with a woman; it is a detestable act" [Leviticus, 18:22].
The situation is really tense, and orthodox jews are as well. They will obviously think of a manner to avoid that march of being allowed in the city.
Well, I think that this is a very controversial topic to write about, and whatever opinion I could have about it, could cause anger to any of you reading these lines. But what I think about this controversy is that somehow, those orthodox jews in Jerusalem are right. I consider myself a devote person and therefore I find inadequate that a parade of this nature is allowed in a holy place as Jerusalem.
With this I'm not implying that I'm against, or for, homosexuality. What I consider is that homosexuality should not be shown in gay pride parades that obviously show those sexual preferences in a very grotesque and disgusting way, but it should be kept as a personal issue for homosexuals. Who would need to see people marching in the streets, waving rainbow flags, yelling strange (and sometimes offensive) slogans, and from time to time marching almost naked? This is not a good example for children, who will eventually have the freedom of choosing whatever preference satisfies them most. Besides, this kind of demonstrations only cause more repulsion against homosexuals.
After this thought, I finish by telling that I'm also against such parade taking place in Jerusalem. But it's something that is out of my reach indeed. So let's wait to see what measures will the city authorities take.
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