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Embassy Row: Gay pride in Prague
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Pro-traditional family groups from 11 countries are outraged because the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic endorsed a homosexual celebration this week that will culminate with a gay pride parade Saturday in Prague.
“At the directive of the president of the United States, Washington is aggressively promoting the ‘gay’ agenda internationally, including same-sex ‘marriage’ and the stigmatization and marginalization of any who object,” said an open letter organized by the World Congress of Families. “We cannot imagine a worse form of cultural imperialism than Washington trying to force approval of the ‘gay’ agenda on societies with traditional values.”
The letter was signed by 120 leaders of pro-family and pro-life groups, including Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights; Alveda King, a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King; and Rabbi Yehuda Levin of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, which represents more than 1,200 Orthodox rabbis.
The signers include former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, now a Fox News host; Alan Keyes, a former U.S. ambassador to UNESCO; and Alberto Vollmer, a former Venezuelan ambassador to the Vatican.
The World Congress of Families began circulating the letter after U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen addressed the opening of the Prague Pride Festival on Monday.
“I am truly honored to be here today representing the United States and President Obama in the effort to ensure the rights of the global LGBT community,” he said, referring to the initials for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals.
Mr. Eisen, a former White House adviser and Washington lawyer, said he spoke on behalf of nine foreign ambassadors in Prague who signed a letter of support for the festival. More than 70 countries have embassies in the Czech capital.
In addition to Mr. Eisen, the ambassadors of Belgium, Britain, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland signed the letters. The charge d’affaires of the Danish and Dutch embassies also signed.
The gay pride festival is stirring some opposition among Czechs, although Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda and other political leaders support the celebration.
An organization called DOST, which news reports said means “enough” in the Czech language, delivered protest letters this week to the mayor and the U.S. Embassy.
“The festival mostly represents a week-long party of homoeroticism and [the] pornographic industry,” said DOST Chairman Michal Semin.
U.S. diplomats have been promoting gay celebrations in other countries since Mr. Obama took office in 2009, promising to appoint more openly homosexual ambassadors.
Mr. Obama, who recently endorsed same-sex marriage, even pushed the gay agenda where homosexuality is illegal by naming David Huebner, an openly homosexual lawyer, in 2009 to serve as ambassador to Samoa.
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