Skip to comments.French bishop decries prison sentence for man protesting gay unions
Posted on 07/10/2013 3:52:41 PM PDT by markomalley
Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayona, France, has criticized recent charges against a 23-year-old man detained for protesting the countrys new law allowing homosexual unions.
Nicolas Bernard was detained on June 16 when police cracked down on demonstrators protesting the new law at the Champs-Elysees. The law was passed by Frances Socialist government despite overwhelming opposition.
Bernard took refuge in a nearby restaurant as police moved through the area, but he was forcibly detained and accused of resisting arrest and producing a false ID. He has been sentenced to two months in jail.
The charges seem surreal and the punishment disproportionate in relation to the acts, Bishop Aillet said in a statement responding to reports that Bernard is being held in isolation and not allowed to speak to his family members.
Bernard is one of the founders of the Veilleurs, a peaceful movement that holds demonstrations in which poems and songs are sung and candles are lit in defense of marriage and the family. He is from Angers and studies Political Science, History and Engineering.
After his detention, the movement Manif pour Tous, which has organized several demonstrations against Frances law allowing homosexual unions, issued an alert calling for the immediate release of Bernard. Some 60,000 have already signed the petition.
However, Bernard is not the only one who was detained, as an estimated 150 demonstrators against the law have been arrested in recent weeks.
In his statement, Bishop Aillet said that what happened to Bernard is manifestly a political form of police and judicial repression that marks a turning point in the arbitrary treatment against those opposed to marriage and adoption by couples of the same sex.
He expressed appreciation for the commitment of young Nicolas and of those like him who resolutely and without violence work to defend the right of children to grow up with a father and a mother
They are the pride and hope of our society.
Cardinal Francis said his successor sould be IMPRISONED and that His successor would be MARTYRED!!! Looks like what’s coming to GODLESS, DEMOCRAT AMERICA!! Thank you STUPID, EVIL, VILE VOTERS.....may your children and grandchildren STEW in this SATANIC MESS.
The pro-traditional marriage protests in France surprised me. The media would have one believing France is a social liberal country.
I will add this young man to my prayers.
The world wide gay rights movement is as intolerant to freedom as the Islamists are.
i see the wussy french arrested a wussy french guy, instead of any protesting muslims.