Cardinal Jānis Pujāts - and with Pope. The Cardinal
has defined homosexuality as
“an unnatural form of prostitution”
RIGA, May 10, 2007 – With less
than four weeks to go before the start of Riga Pride and Friendship Days,
Cardinal Jānis Pujāts, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Latvia, has
defined homosexuality as a “total corruption in the sexual arena” an
“unnatural form of prostitution” and calls on the government to protect “the
values of the traditional family against the licentiousness of homosexuals”
in a letter published by a Latvian newspaper.
“We cannot keep quiet,” he says in
his letter, ‘Defending Family Values’, to Rītdiena. “One month from
now, there will once again be the issue of tolerance towards homosexuality
in the context of yet another attempt to organise a Pride march on June 3.”
Cardinal Pujāts says that the
organisers of the Pride event essentially are “essentially demanding that
people be tolerant toward this moral corruption”.
“Even more,” he thundered!
“They are demanding not just
tolerance, but also that sexual corruption be protected by law and
popularised on the basis of special programmes in schools and other
“There would be no opportunity to
object against legal events, because that would be seen as a manifestation
of hatred. That’s how corruption grows into dictatorship,” he suggested.
The Cardinal calls on the Latvia
Government to “put the reins” on what he calls “this foreign-inspired
action, in which a handful of people with questionable morals try to force
the institutions of government to accept their perverse views”.
He claims that there is a reason to
reject the “perverse views” of gays.
“No international human rights
document considers homosexuality to be a minority that should be protected,”
“It is important to make sure that
the cunning proposal from the Pride people – that “sexual orientation” be
counted among minorities so as to award it lawful status – not be included
Cardinal Pujāts says it must be
recognised that all Gay Pride marches are “just nonsense” when compared with
the “evil that would occur” if Latvian government or the Saeima
(Parliament) were to use the rule of law to “defend and propagandise” the
“That would be a true military
attack against the nation’s morality, religion and family values,” he
insisted. “That is exactly what Pride organisers are seeking to provoke by
returning to their complaints year after year.”
The Cardinal then reveals a plan
that would thwart the Pride organisers who want a parade.
“[They] will not survive without
their slogans or provocative activities, and it is unlikely that viewers on
the sidewalk will watch silently,” he wrote.
“That is a conflict situation. It
would be better, therefore, if the provocative demonstration were to occur
in a location that is closed and limited some way – a garden or square.
Security services will decide on this, but that is not a long-term
In the long term, the Cardinal
insists that there should be a referendum – even adding another question to
the scheduled referendum on national security laws, asking “Do you support
marriage between persons of the same gender?”
He than calls for a people’s
demonstration to reject the “moral corruption” of gay pride.
“If there are 1,000 sexually crazy
people acting foolishly [at the Pride march], then the people’s march in
Rīga should have at least 40,000 or 50,000. That proportion would give the
government and public thought enough reason to leave sexual perversion
outside the law.”
■ Amnesty International announced yesterday that
it would be taking part in Riga Pride on June 3. An appeal has gone
out to members in an attempt to get over 100 supporters from at least 11
different countries to Riga for the parade.
“Amnesty International is
taking this action as a demonstration of solidarity with Latvian LGBT
people,” yesterday's press statement said.
“We would like to take this
opportunity to thank Latvian LGBT organization Mozaika for their fantastic
work and to say that we look forward to meeting Latvian and European LGBT
activists alike in Riga in early June.”
Posted: 10 May 2007 at
01:00 (UK time)