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Stabbings at Jerusalem Pride


_41252943_stab_afp203body_1Differing reports say that either two or three people have been stabbed at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish protester.

Dozens of protesters did their best to impede the parade by setting stink bombs and shouting verbal slurs. The parade went on. Participant: "It took many years for Jerusalem to have the Gay Pride parade, but once it happens, it makes no difference if the ultra-Orthodox come here and try to stop it."

Stabbings Mar Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade [ap]
Stabbings at Jerusalem Gay March [bbc]

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  1. Hate knows not borders, religion, ethnicity or ignorance it is everywhere. We must continue to let are candles light the way in the dark.

    Posted by: Donald | Jul 1, 2005 3:13:22 PM

  2. You know, we may complain about how things are going here in the US, but these kind of reports really show us how bad it can really be. While we see boys in skimpy thongs dancing with loud, brashy drag queens in our parades, in other countries they have to fend off stink bombs. I doubt people at San Francisco and New York Pride worried about getting stabbed!

    Those brave individuals in Jerusalem are truly proud of who they are, and they risk their lives to show it. Good for them.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 1, 2005 3:51:46 PM

  3. Well said, Mike.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 1, 2005 3:55:58 PM

  4. In the words of Gore Vidal:

    "The great unmentionable evil at the center of our culture is monotheism. From a barbaric Bronze Age text known as the Old Testament, three anti-human religions have evolved--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These are sky-god religions. They are, literally, patriarchal--God is the Omnipotent Father--hence the loathing of women for 2,000 years in those countries afflicted by the sky-god and his earthly male delegates. The sky-god is a jealous god, of course. He requires total obedience from everyone on earth, as he is not just in place for one tribe, but for all creation. Those who would reject him must be converted or killed for their own good. Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and those of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home."

    Posted by: Pierre | Jul 1, 2005 4:33:36 PM

  5. Pierre, where exactly did you pull that quote from? It's fantastic.

    Posted by: CriticalRN | Jul 2, 2005 8:06:11 AM

  6. I was actually searching for a different quote by Gore Vidal about monotheism, but came across this one instead. Here's a link to the essay:

    Posted by: Pierre | Jul 5, 2005 1:06:36 PM

  7. I was actually searching for a different quote by Gore Vidal about monotheism to put in here, but came across the one above instead. I found it by searching for 'monotheism gore vidal' on google.

    Posted by: Pierre | Jul 5, 2005 1:18:05 PM

  8. I was at Jerusalem Pride and saw one of the women stabbed. To use the events that happened at Pride as a call for the end of Judaism, Christianity and Islam is just as reactionary and fundamentalist as the orthodox protestors hurling slurs and bottles of urine. The answer to fundamentalism lies in acknowledging the gray areas of life, accepting that religion is both harmful and deeply important for many people.

    Posted by: Ari | Aug 1, 2005 10:11:51 AM

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