There’s some unsurprising trouble brewing in Latvia.
Roman Catholic Cardinal JÃ¢nis PujÃ¢ts and 26 priests penned a letter demanding the government cancel this weekend’s gay pride event. Rather than focusing on the sin of gay ways, the pious busy-bodies are taking a constitutional argument, claiming that the government has a duty to “protect the rights of other people, a democratic system of state, the safety of society, and welfare and morals.”
The homos, they say, are making an erroneous argument for minority status:
A minority is made up of those who are different from the majority of people because of nationality, language, race, skin color and other neutral characterizations, but not of moral evaluation,” the letter continues.
That means that there can be no minority of alcoholics, homosexuals, drug addicts or any other people if the minority is based on immoral inclinations. Otherwise this would be direct promotion of immorality.
Members of European Parliament aren’t amused by these antics and MEP Michael Cashman, who is gay, wrote a scathing review of PujÃ¢ts and company:
The signatories to the letter show a blatant disregard for human rights as expressed in the European Convention of Human Rights. They also show an appalling and worrying ignorance of EU treaties and legislation. They should not interfere in a democratic state which abides by the rule of law.
For it’s part, the Latvian government already agreed to let gays gather in the nation’s capital, Riga, but must remain within a strictly defined area.
Remember when we called out the European Union for not doing enough to ensure gay rights in member countries? Well, Latvia’s a perfect example.