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Serbia bans gay pride march again; EU criticizes decision
Reuters - via Yahoo ^ | September 27, 2013 | Aleksandar Vasovic

Posted on 09/27/2013 7:56:14 PM PDT by don-o

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia's government banned a weekend gay pride march for the third consecutive year on Friday, citing the threat of violence from right-wing hooligans, in a move that sparked protests by gay activists and criticism from the European Union.

Denying that the government had given in to right-wing threats, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on state television that the ban on Saturday's event was a public safety matter. The last gay pride march in 2010 triggered a day of rioting and arson by nationalists in the capital Belgrade.

"After a long discussion on whether the march would pass without severe consequences, the security assessments indicated severe threats to public safety," Dacic said after a three-hour meeting with security chiefs.

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Western ambassadors had pressured Serbia to allow this year's event to go ahead, as a litmus test of the Balkan country's commitment to tolerance and diversity.

The United States embassy issued a statement saying it was "very disappointed" by the ban and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said it marked "a missed opportunity to show respect for fundamental human rights."

(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda
Maybe if we can throw off communism here.....someday.....
1 posted on 09/27/2013 7:56:14 PM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

good


2 posted on 09/27/2013 7:57:06 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: don-o

So it seems like the US and Western Europe nations and Canada are pretty much the sole countries on earth where homosexual agenda activists feel empowered enough to coerce the public into approving of them, doesn’t it? Nowehre else do you find this, not in Latin America, not in Central or Eastern Europe, not in Africa, Russia, India, China, South East Asia, the Middle East, nowhere.


3 posted on 09/27/2013 8:01:40 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o

Good for them! These degenerates need to learn their sick perversion is not normal, nor will it ever be normal!

I will never consider the behavior of sodomy normal!


4 posted on 09/27/2013 8:02:27 PM PDT by Artcore
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To: don-o

And for the record, I do believe in freedom of speech for everyone and for any kind of cause you can think of. But this shows that anytime Western civilization shows kindness and tolerance for a special interest group, it is often all for nothing, taken completely for granted and treat as something the special interest group is entitled to. I don’t doubt that tons of Americans are getting truly fed up with it and just don’t feel comfortable saying it aloud.


5 posted on 09/27/2013 8:04:06 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: freedom462
And for the record, I do believe in freedom of speech for everyone and for any kind of cause you can think of.

I believed that as well along with all kinds of stupid stuff - when I was 16.

The mainstreaming of sexual perversion does not contribute to the general welfare of society.

I see you are new here. Tread lightly.

6 posted on 09/27/2013 8:12:47 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: freedom462

I so agree with you.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 8:13:58 PM PDT by make no mistake
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To: don-o

I am so depressed about what is happening to America right now. The Militant Homo Agenda is taking over Calif. and it is sickening. I realize God hates the sin and not the sinner but what is happening here is bs. and I hate it.


8 posted on 09/27/2013 8:19:24 PM PDT by make no mistake
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To: don-o

I just meant that in my personal view, speech like this should first and foremost be countered with good speech. I am not for mainstreaming of sexual perversion at all, I believe that positive speech, rather than banning speech, is by and large the best way to counter these things. When gay activists start parades in the US, I would advocate first and foremost to fight them by countering with demonstrations and marches of our own. And making sure we fight for our own right to have demonstrations and marches to counter them.

One thing I will agree with you 100 % on is that they should never under any circumstances be allowed to target children.


9 posted on 09/27/2013 8:21:13 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o

I have seen the debates on whether or not Lady gaga, for example, should be allowed to say what she says under freedom of speech. And I noticed that then also, on FR people are rather divided between those who say she should and those who say she should not. I would say, in that example, that Lady gaga should be legally allowed to say what she says, because conservative Christians should be able to organize and get involved on grassroots levels and fight her negative influences on their own by taking the initiative themselves. And I definitely say that as someone who does not, at all, in any way, endorse or condone what she says about morality.


10 posted on 09/27/2013 8:24:24 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o

Having said all that, I will also say that I will not be losing even a second of sleep over the Serbians’ decision to ban the parades and I am perfectly fine with their decision to do so and would never try and tell them how to run their own nation.


11 posted on 09/27/2013 8:30:09 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o; freedom462
[freedom462:] "And for the record, I do believe in freedom of speech for everyone and for any kind of cause you can think of."

[don-o:] I believed that as well along with all kinds of stupid stuff - when I was 16. The mainstreaming of sexual perversion does not contribute to the general welfare of society.

[Me:] If we don't have freedom of speech we don't agree with, we don't have freedom of speech.

You don't need a First Amendment to protect speech you wouldn't ban anyway. But if you want to ban speech that you think "does not contribute to the general welfare of society," you have no basis to complain if a majority of the legislature decides that Christianity and conservatism "don't contribute to the general welfare of society."

[don-o:] I see you are new here. Tread lightly.

[me:] Who died and left you guardian of the newbies?

[sarcasm] Absolutely, we want people to "tread lightly" on FR if they dare post such heretical thoughts as freedom of speech. We wouldn't want that in a "Free Republic," now would we? [/sarcasm]

12 posted on 09/27/2013 8:34:54 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

That explains fairly well what I was saying. Look, again I say I am shedding zero tears over Serbians’ decision to do this. But when it comes to the US, I fear about dangerous precedents that banning speech for any reason sets.

As it is, we have fellow conservative, American patriots who are stuck in statist sinkholes like Maryland, New York, Mass and California, places where any day the state gov’ts could decide that conservative, Christian values don’t contribute to their society and so they are gonna ban them. And we know full well we cannot in any way, shape or form count on our federal gov’t to have the morality and the backbone needed to do the right things if these state gov’ts tried that. That is why I feel the precedents should be to fight bad, amoral speech with conservative Christian speech. And to be honest, I think conservative Christians could stand to do that a lot more than they currently do.


13 posted on 09/27/2013 8:39:59 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o
The United States embassy issued a statement saying it was "very disappointed"

Why does the US issue these kind of stupid statements?

14 posted on 09/27/2013 8:40:58 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: don-o
I believed that as well along with all kinds of stupid stuff - when I was 16.

A few years ago I was reading FR and some poster declared, with great drama, that he would defend the "rights" of satanists to build temples and worship as they please, with his dying breath. And that this made him a true American and a true patriot and moreover a true Christian (of some libertarian sort). This guy wasn't 16 though, he was an adult.

15 posted on 09/27/2013 8:50:05 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: freedom462
And for the record, I do believe in freedom of speech for everyone and for any kind of cause you can think of.

It appears that freedom of speech is like a live grenade in hands of a monkey. It can be easily abused - and it is abused daily. It will work as intended only in an enlightened society, like within a group of scientists. Unfortunately, such societies don't exist on large scale on this Earth - and they can't appear, per our laws and our morals. Therefore, a genius and an idiot have equal rights to free speech. We know well how that works; just look at the results of recent elections. Universal suffrage sounds good on paper, but it produces horrible results in practice.

16 posted on 09/27/2013 8:51:18 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Lurking Libertarian
But if you want to ban speech that you think "does not contribute to the general welfare of society," you have no basis to complain if a majority of the legislature decides that Christianity and conservatism "don't contribute to the general welfare of society."

In your view then, the Serbians did the wrong thing. And you would not want homo rallies banned in America.

17 posted on 09/27/2013 8:54:28 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: freedom462
Look, again I say I am shedding zero tears over Serbians’ decision to do this. But when it comes to the US, I fear about dangerous precedents that banning speech for any reason sets.

Well now you know how it came to pass that homos run America and not Serbia.

18 posted on 09/27/2013 8:58:21 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Greysard

But it seems like having someone else arbitrarily determine what is allowed speech is just as dangerous.

And given that expressing ideas can be dangerous, what is the alternative? How do we decide who gets to vote and who gets freedom of speech? With voting, there are some very practical solutions, for example, no voting rights for welfare recipients ( though even getting that passed would be very difficult ) and with speech, we can draw the line at speech that poses an immediate danger to someone’s safety. But beyond that, where do we go?

Who do you think should have the right to vote? And do you think free speech in America should be given to activists like Lady gaga and to gay activist parades, provided these parades do not ever target children (which of course would be immediate grounds for banning them and arresting anyone who participates).


19 posted on 09/27/2013 8:58:53 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: don-o

Zero, the Serbs don’t like homos. Get over it.


20 posted on 09/27/2013 9:12:17 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

I agree with him. Free speech is absolute. Nothing to do with gay rights, I just do not think government should have the power to ban a demonstration or any other form of free speech. A government that has that power can easily turn it around against Christians.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 9:21:22 PM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: BurningOak

Serbs = Christians

You think you have to stand up for homos to protect Christians some day? That is the wrong way to go at it. See for yourself.

The hatred against the Serbs is inspired by much more than meets the eye. Clinton’s Sec State Maddy Albright let the cat out of the bag at a book signing.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=556_1351885225&comments=1


22 posted on 09/27/2013 10:04:06 PM PDT by SteelTrap
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To: BurningOak

direct link to youtube Mad Albright saying “disgusting Serbs”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FaPuBUY558


23 posted on 09/27/2013 10:11:54 PM PDT by SteelTrap
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To: SteelTrap

I never understood why America, during the Clinton years was defending Muslims who hated Americans were fighting against Christians Serbs. I wish I knew about Free Republic at that time.


24 posted on 09/28/2013 12:22:37 AM PDT by make no mistake
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To: don-o

Should we move to Serbia, now that our once fine country has gone ALL GAY?


25 posted on 09/28/2013 2:48:26 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: freedom462
And given that expressing ideas can be dangerous, what is the alternative? How do we decide who gets to vote and who gets freedom of speech?

It's indeed a very difficult question. I don't have a ready answer to that. Nobody does. If history tells us anything, the societies oscillate between absolutism and anarchy, going through every stage in between. The oscillations are caused by the fact that none of those stages are stable; none are acceptable; none are so good that people want to keep them.

Self-rule, of which pure anarchy and more organized forms, like democracy, are part of, is hard. You'd better be good with your gun, or your sword, or your club. Maybe the Sheriff will eventually come to save you - like in a few days, if he even knows about your predicament, but your personal survival depends on you. How many modern men can accept that lifestyle?

That's how authoritarianism finds its way into hearts and minds. It whispers softly "you don't need to worry about big bad Bill the Killer, we will take care of him for you - just let us!" - and people eventually agree. Authoritarian regimes do not ask you to think. They ask you nothing. These days they don't even ask you to work! All they want in return is your silent approval of their authority. The citizen doesn't even want to know what they do in his name. It's an easy life this way; with enough entertainment on TV what else is there to ask for?

But if we end up with a hypothesis that "none of social schemes known to man are stable in the long run and in a large, unsorted population" then what do we have left? Nothing.

Who do you think should have the right to vote?

That question is part of the discussion above. In truest democracies everyone votes, and everyone's vote counts. In strictest authoritarian societies you may or may not vote, but your vote decides nothing, just as Joseph Stalin pointed out. The USA is already firmly at that stage; while it is still possible to eject a few politicians over a few clearly wrong decisions, most of them are safe and sound.

Note also that voting is a complicated process on part of the voter. City-states of ancient Greece were mere villages by today's standards. Everyone knew everyone else personally, for many years. Today we can only vote for people who say who they are. But people will say anything that gets them elected. Honest people will be at disadvantage, and the science of statistics is merciless. A voter must see through the lies; but how many are mentally equipped to do that? How many are interested in truth? How many have access to the information? How many are flooded with misinformation and think they know the truth now? Modern systems of political engineering are very advanced, and they allow sufficient control of the crowd to get the necessary results. Careful selection of candidates that are Twiddledee and Twiddledum's long lost brothers further limits the damage if the people don't get the message. Like in a shell game, you cannot win.

Freedom of speech is also exploited. Everyone is free to voice his opinion from a soap box. But not everyone is invited into TV studios to do the same to millions of viewers. Everyone can form a non-profit to do political work; but some of them get persecuted while others are allowed to function. Do we have freedom of speech then? Not the right to climb onto a soap box, but the right to be heard just as loudly as your opponent is heard?

This is exactly why celebrities can use their position in the society to be heard, whereas private persons cannot. Want to have a gay parade? The city rubberstamps your request. Want to have an anti-gay parade? No, you can't do that - it's hate speech, you raysis! Officer, arrest him!

Artificial attempts to fix the free speech by inverting the abuse are doomed to failure. The free speech is already conditionalized by powers that be. You don't want gays to parade in front of your home on Sundays? Too bad, they have that right, the street is public. Now you want to reverse that rule legally; but you cannot because laws don't allow that. The attempt to fix the injustice would be even more unjust. The only thing you can do is to say "I'm done with this freedom of speech, take it away from everyone" - and the government does just that, per your request... a nice move, isn't it?

We know that democracy requires an educated voter base. The voters must be also generally willing to cooperate. If that rule is not met then you have polarization of the society - exactly what we have today. I'd say democracy in the USA is already dead, just because the voters are unwilling to do their part. People are still going through the motions, but they matter less and less. The same old faces are in Congress, for decades. No new thinking, no new policies, no contact with the people. If the democracy is lost then what's the value of even having freedom of speech? Nobody will hear you; but even if you manage to speak, your words won't affect anything. Voting rights and the freedom of speech are quickly becoming relics of the past. In today's world only selected groups have those freedoms - and only as long as they say what their betters want to hear. That's a very sad state of affairs.

26 posted on 09/28/2013 3:02:45 AM PDT by Greysard
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To: Lurking Libertarian; Jim Robinson
Who died and left you guardian of the newbies?

It was simple a helpful hint and an fyi. The site owner is well known to take a very dim view of speech on his site that even hints at advocating the homosexual agenda.

To the question of free speech: Our current understanding is light years from what it would have been to Madison, Franklin et al, because the society has degenerated.

The "republic, if you can keep it" that we were given presumed a common morality that universally outlawed buggery in reflection of the received Judeo-Christian tradition. When buggery is legalized, that relation is broken.

The facile interpretation of what the Constitution actually intended in order to promote agendas has taken us to a Lewis Carrol Wonderland - up is down and inside is outside.

27 posted on 09/28/2013 4:16:33 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: BurningOak; Lurking Libertarian; Greysard

Jihad Watch’s Robert Spencer had a rather interesting take on this very concept back when Indonesia was banning Lady gaga from entering, which addresses the exact same issues that have been discussed here. And to my understanding, Robert Spencer has traditionally been rather popular around here.

This might be worth reading too: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/05/robert-spencer-is-freedom-worth-defending.html

On the difference between Christian vs Islamic Shariah notions of fighting sin, in particular he notes:

” While many of us might deplore the depravity of today’s pop culture, we should not let Islamic moral critique put us on the defensive. In reality, the freedom at which the jihadists sneer is an essential component of any genuine morality. “Australian law guarantees freedoms up to a crazy level,” remarked the controversial former Australian mufti Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali—but without freedom, even “up to a crazy level,” morality is hollow. The secular West, with all its irreligion and debauchery, provides the only authentic framework for genuine virtue. Without the freedom to choose evil, choosing good is not a virtue. It’s nothing more than submitting to coercion. Islam’s moral critique likewise founders on the divine sanction given to violence in the Qur’an and Islamic tradition.”


28 posted on 09/28/2013 1:23:48 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: freedom462

I note - this has nothing to do with being pro gay agenda. I am as opposed to the gay agenda as anyone on FR. Especially since being in favor of free speech by nature makes you anti gay agenda, since we all know that the gay agenda is all about snuffing out free speech whenever it can.


29 posted on 09/28/2013 1:25:18 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
In your view then, the Serbians did the wrong thing.

Yes.

And you would not want homo rallies banned in America.

No, I would not want them banned. Otherwise, what argument could I make if the government wanted to ban my religion (Judaism)? If freedom of speech and religion are subject to majority vote, can I always count on being in the majority?

30 posted on 09/28/2013 2:12:19 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian; All
A right to protests or marches consist of two of our Bill of Rights recognized working together. These are the 1st Amendment rights to free speech (obviously) AND right to peaceably assemble.

Since marches or protests though, tend to block traffic and impend movement, and therefore the freedom to do business...there is no automatic right to march or take over streets at any given time. Therefore municipalities (including DC) will issue permits to protest or march--in order balance one groups rights to speak, and peaceably assemble, vs. other peoples rights to move and do business.

If sodomy is illegal in Serbia (like it was in most-all civilized countries until very recently) I do not believe a group glorifying in and pushing for illegal activities...really has a right to protest or march...at any time.

Practically every homosexual parade or march in the USA and Europe is at least R-rated....with open displays of sadomasochism, sex acts, kissing drag queens and partial and full nudity, all of which are against public decency laws most places, so OF COURSE a city has a right to ban such a disgusting parade of perversion.

I believe Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams et al.--even all the Founders, would agree with me.

31 posted on 09/29/2013 10:40:18 AM PDT by AnalogReigns ((Yes, Dr. Kruger was a professor of mine (and a hard professor at that!)))
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To: AnalogReigns
Since marches or protests though, tend to block traffic and impend movement, and therefore the freedom to do business...there is no automatic right to march or take over streets at any given time. Therefore municipalities (including DC) will issue permits to protest or march--in order balance one groups rights to speak, and peaceably assemble, vs. other peoples rights to move and do business.

Under well-settled First Amendment law, any laws regulating the times and places of demonstrations must be content-neutral. Otherwise, the City Council in D.C. could ban all anti-Obama demonstrations and permit only pro-Obama demonstrations.

If sodomy is illegal in Serbia (like it was in most-all civilized countries until very recently) I do not believe a group glorifying in and pushing for illegal activities...really has a right to protest or march...at any time.

How do laws ever change if people can't demonstrate to seek changes? When segregation was legal in Alabama, people demonstrated against it. Should those demonstrations have been banned?

Practically every homosexual parade or march in the USA and Europe is at least R-rated....with open displays of sadomasochism, sex acts, kissing drag queens and partial and full nudity, all of which are against public decency laws most places, so OF COURSE a city has a right to ban such a disgusting parade of perversion.

I doubt the gays in Serbia were planning any such activities, and the government could have banned them without prohibiting the march altogether. And as for what goes on at gay pride marches in the U.S., I haven't seen many posts on FR seeking to ban Spring Break in Florida or Mardis Gras in New Orleans, both of which feature at least as much open sexuality as gay pride marches.

32 posted on 09/29/2013 11:00:35 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode
A few years ago I was reading FR and some poster declared, with great drama, that he would defend the "rights" of satanists to build temples and worship as they please, with his dying breath. And that this made him a true American and a true patriot and moreover a true Christian (of some libertarian sort). This guy wasn't 16 though, he was an adult.

So your position is that freedom of religion applies only to religions approved by you?

33 posted on 09/29/2013 11:02:52 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
No, I would not want them banned. Otherwise, what argument could I make if the government wanted to ban my religion (Judaism)? If freedom of speech and religion are subject to majority vote, can I always count on being in the majority?

There are already powerful groups that want your religion wiped out, and you want to defend the "rights" of such people, lest something bad happen to you in the future.

One day you will be in the minority. Muslims, homos, satanists and communists will be the majority. Count on them to respect your rights.

34 posted on 09/30/2013 3:02:36 AM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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