posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 05:12 AM
Now, a number of leaders of the three faiths -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam -- are making a rare show of unity to try to stop the festival. They
say the event would desecrate the city and convey the erroneous impression that homosexuality is acceptable.
"They are creating a deep and terrible sorrow that is unbearable," said Shlomo Amar, Israel's chief Sephardic rabbi, at a news conference in
Jerusalem Wednesday attended by Israel's two chief rabbis, the Jerusalem leaders of the Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches, and three
Muslim sheikhs. "It hurts all of the religions. We are all against it."
"We can't permit anybody to come and make the holy city dirty," added Abdel Aziz Bukhari, a Sufi sheikh in Jerusalem. "This is very ugly and very
nasty to have these people come to Jerusalem."
Israeli authorities have not yet given any indication of what action, if any, they might take to limit the events. Banning the festival would appear
to be unlikely, though the government could withhold the required permits for specific events, such as the parade.
Interfaith agreement between leaders of these three religions is unusual, especially in Israel. Their opposition was initially sparked by the Rev. Leo
Giovinetti, a little-known evangelical pastor from San Diego who is both a veteran of the American culture war over homosexuality and a frequent
visitor to Israel, where he has formed relationships in recent years with rabbis and politicians."
This is a formula for destruction.