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Extremists, Church Officials Call For Violence At Pride In Sofia, Bulgaria

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By:           Dan Avery
On:           Jun 27, 2012
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    • Daez

      It is about time that the United States cuts all ties and foreign aide to countries that do not demonstrate respect for all minorities. I am sick of our tax dollars going to aide countries like this one.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Houston Bill
      Houston Bill

      Exactly how is the Bulgarian Orthodox Church not acting like a terrorist group? Seriously, an official of that organization is, without correction from the remainder of the organization, making a direct call for physical VIOLENCE against peaceful protesters operating fully within their rights under international human rights norms (as well as Bulgaria’s Constitution – for whatever that is worth).

      I say, treat the Bulgarian Orthodox Church like Hamas. Jail anyone in this country that funnels money to them. Bar their members from travelling to the USA.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Petar

      @Daez: Do not worry Daez, your “tax dollars” are NOT going to Bulgaria, as the country is part of the EU and it is one of the few growing and stable economies in Europe at the moment.

      As for the Sofia annual Gay Pride, this year it is shaping up to be the biggest and most popular to date. Many mainstream Bulgarian singers and entertainers are officially taking part in it, and so are many visitors from neighbouring countries where there are still no gay parades.

      The Bulgarian Church have always been opposed to the event, and their statement this year is not something new. Each year however, there are fewer and fewer incidents reported at the annual Sofia Gay Parade, as it becomes one of the biggest in the region. There was one reported scuffle last year, which took place in the evening after the event had taken place.

      I am not saying that everything is perfect, but for a country which for a long time has been subjected to the most brutal and inhumane form of communism, things in Bulgaria are definitely looking up.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Justin

      @Daez: “It is about time that the United States cuts all ties and foreign aide to countries that do not demonstrate respect for all minorities. ”

      Its seems to me like the authorities are respectful to minorities. They let the Pride Parade take place and the protest. Its not the government saying those homophobic things, Its some idiots (who have the right to express their opinion as well).

      Jun 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Houston Bill
      Houston Bill

      @Petar: Bulgaria is a corrupt and weak state with a very weak economy. The vast majority of its highly educated leave as soon as they can. Yes, there are a few people that are trying to change things, but Bulgaria and Romania are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the EU in just about every metric imagineable, including rule of law.

      Jun 28, 2012 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Petar

      @Houston Bill: When was the last time you have been to Bulgaria? Or for that matter have you ever been outside of your country? Seeing that you are changing the topic of discussion from gay rights to corruption in Bulgaria, can you honestly say that there is no corruption in the form of lobbyism in the US? And if yes, are you really that naive?

      We are the “bottom of the barrel” because unlike you, dear Huston Bill, we didn’t buy and sell human beings from Africa as slaves, so that they could build our country. But that is a different topic altogether.

      You must be a very ignorant and insular person if you can so easily pass judgement on a whole nation which is still reeling from the terror and repressions of Communism, which you obviously know very little about. Otherwise if you did, you would have a lot more respect and admiration for these people who are trying to catch up with the rest of the free and civilized world under abnormal and difficult circumstances indeed. And on top of all that (if that isn’t enough) they have the Church to deal with.

      Jun 28, 2012 at 5:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joy

      @Daez: This statement was almost as ignorant as that priest’s. Bulgaria is in the EU. The US cannot cut ties with its most important partner. Besides there are chruch extremists EVERYWHERE.

      Jun 29, 2012 at 8:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Petar

      I am happy to report that the annual Sofia Gay Parade took place today without any news of intimidation by ring-wing groups. There was a rival conservative rally for the “preservation of family values” held earlier during the day which only managed to attract about 200 followers. I suppose however that in a free country, such as Bulgaria, everyone should be allowed to voice their opinion, as long as it is done in a peaceful way.

      Jun 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Amnesty International
      Amnesty International

      Sophia pride … a success : http://youtu.be/MBulJ31IGdE

      Jul 3, 2012 at 6:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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