Slovenian Violence at Pride – Condemned by Church Justice & Peace Commission!

Two news items from Slovenia appear to be worth noting. Unfortunately, as they are both from the same subscription service, I cannot access more than just the headline and first paragraphs. From these it appears, however, that Slovenia’s Pride Parade was marred by anti-gay violence. The Church’s Peace and Justice arm has responded with a clear condemnation of violence on the grounds of religion,   – or sexual orientation.

This should not be a surprise: the Church teaching on social is clear, and even teaching on “homosexuality” insists that all people should be treated with “dignity, compassion and respect”, and that violence is to be condemned. In practice, however, it is seldom that this theoretical stance against homophobic violence is given public expression. This statement is therefore to be warmly welcomed.

From Slovenian Press Agency (28 June, 2010)

Popular Gay Bar in Ljubljana Attacked (adds)

Ljubljana, 28 June (STA) – Unknown perpetrators attacked last week a Ljubljana bar popular with the gay community with Molotov cocktails. The bar as well as the house of a judge who sentenced in March three men to prison for a 2009 assault on a gay activist were also sprayed with homophobic graffiti.

and 29 June 2010:

Church Condemns Violence Based on Religious Affiliation, Sexual Orientation

Ljubljana, 29 June (STA) – The Justice and Peace Commission at the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference condemned on Tuesday in the wake of an attack targeting the gay community in Ljubljana violence and intolerance based on religious, political affiliation or sexual orientation.

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