Dispatches from the Creation Wars

I’ve written many times about the problems the radical Muslims and the ultra-orthodox Jews have with an annual gay pride parade in Jerusalem. Now the Catholics are joining their hateful little tirade:

The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride march on Thursday (July 29) through the streets of Jerusalem.

In a statement issued Friday following the city’s 8th Annual Gay Pride Parade, which attracted 3,000 marchers, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal said the event seeks to “defy family and marriage.”

Sorry Fouad, but you don’t own the word “family.” Gay people have families too, you know. They also have marriages now, in many civilized and tolerant nations.

Twal said the parade, “its organizers and the authorities who allow it, care neither for the feelings of families nor the holiness of this city.”

The patriarch said homosexuals can “have their parade wherever they want,” as long as it is not in Jerusalem, a city considered holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews.

“Leave Jerusalem to her pilgrims and faithful,” Twal urged. “This city has suffered enough wounds and humiliation.”…

Twal said his views were shared by many Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze leaders “based upon our responsibility for guarding the holiness and sanctity of this city.

“Expressing our profound respect for each human being, we proclaim the truth of the Ten Commandments, which are the basis of happiness according to the Lord’s word: `If you wish to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments.'”

Oh, of course. You’re only “expressing your profound respect for each human being” by declaring that gay human beings are so terrible that their mere presence in a city defiles it. How terribly profound your respect for them is.