120 pro-family leaders outraged after U.S. ambassador participates in Czech ‘gay pride’
PRAGUE, August 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-family leaders around the world have condemned an endorsement by the U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic of a Czech homosexual festival held over the weekend.
The World Congress of Families (WCF) issued an open letter signed by more than 120 pro-family and pro-life leaders from 11 countries, after U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen addressed the opening of the Prague Pride Festival on August 13.
“I am truly honored to be here today representing the United States and President Obama in the effort to ensure the rights of the global LGBT community,” Eisen said, adding that he spoke on behalf of ambassadors from Belgium, Britain, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, and the charge d’affaires of the Danish and Dutch embassies, who signed a letter of support for the homosexual event.
Signers of the WCF letter include Martin Luther King’s niece Alveda King, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former majority leader in the House of Representatives Tom DeLay, Rabbi Yehuda Levin, who represents more than 1,200 Orthodox rabbis, and representatives of dozens of pro-family organizations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
The signatories of the WCF letter note that the Obama administration has made promoting homosexual “rights” – including same-sex “marriage” – a foreign policy priority. However, they say, “The Obama’s administration’s embrace of ‘same-sex marriage’ has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American people.”
The letter also argues that it is ironical that those who complain about “cultural imperialism” are trying to force the worldviews of the American left on societies with traditional values.
“The United Nations has never affirmed homosexual marriage or rights,” while the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights specifically says that “men and women…have a right to marry and found a family,” the letter observes.
The letter concludes with a commendation of Michal Semin, chairman of Akce DOST (Action ENOUGH), and other Czech pro-life and pro-family leaders for their stalwart defense of the natural family.
Akce DOST, which organized pro-life and pro-family counter-demonstrations to take place at the same time as the “Prague Pride 2012” event, delivered a letter of protest to the mayor of Prague and the U.S. Embassy stating, “The festival mostly represents a week-long party of homoeroticism and [the] pornographic industry.”
Descriptions and photos of the DOST counter-demonstrations in Prague are available on the group’s website (in Czech) here.
The full text of the “Letter by pro-family leaders worldwide protesting participation of the US Embassy in Prague “Gay Pride” parade” is available here.
Norman L. Eisen
Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic
118 01 Praha 1 - Malá Strana
Phone: (+420) 257 022 000
Fax: (+420) 257 022 809
Email: [email protected]
Mrs. Valerie Raymond
Ambassador to the Embassy of Canada in Prague
160 00 Prague 6
Phone: (+420) 27210 1800
Fax: (+420) 27210 1890
Email: [email protected]