Dutch Gay Group Plans 'Pink Christmas' With Two Josephs, Two Marys

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Dutch gay group said Monday it has planned a “Pink Christmas” festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.

Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25.

ProGay group chairman Frank van Dalen said Monday the event is intended to increase the choices for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week.

“Right now, there’s not much to do,” he said.

The festival will also encourage people to think about homosexuality and religion, Van Dalen added.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Dutch gay group said Monday it has planned a “Pink Christmas” festival for the first time in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.

Why pink?

Other attractions in the 10-day festival include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Dec. 25.

ProGay group chairman Frank van Dalen said Monday the event is intended to increase the choices for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week.

What does that mean? What sort of choices? Why is it just for gay people?

“Right now, there’s not much to do,” he said.

The festival will also encourage people to think about homosexuality and religion, Van Dalen added.

He wants to encourage us to think about homosexuality and religion some more? Why? In hopes that we will change the Bible,maybe?

Some Christian groups protested. The organization Christians for Truth said the idea “mocks the core concepts of Evangelism.”

“By putting Joseph and Mary down as homosexuals, a cracked human fantasy is being tacked on to history from the Bible,” the organization said in a statement urging the city and organizers to cancel the event.

The manger, with actors playing the parts of Joseph and Mary, goes on display Dec. 21.

Van Dalen said it was not intended to be offensive, but was meant as a “wink” at heterosexual assumptions.

Not offensive? How is it not offensive? Does the “wink” make it less offensive?

“Christmas is about more than religion, it’s also about love and families, not to mention shopping,” he said. “Two men or two women can form a family too these days, even one with a child.”

The Mass of Christ! Christ Mass! It is all about religion.

Gay marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001, and adoption rules are the same here for gay or straight couples.

Van Dalen said the Pink Christmas initiative was also intended to help promote Amsterdam as a gay capital after a decline in its reputation in recent years.

A study last month found that homophobia is an ingrained problem in the city despite the Dutch reputation for tolerance, and physical attacks on gay men are a weekly affair.

Does anyone know if there is a Religious Christmas Festival any where? As a religious heterosexual I am begining to feel alittle left out. How about you? Is anyone organizing a “heterosexual” festival? I just don’t get it. If you want to be treated as an equal why would you segregate yourself? If you don’t want to be treated different why would you go through so much trouble to stand out?

Just ignore them.

I’m GUESSING because that’s the colour Hitler used on the triangles to label the homosexuals in his camps and his country. The Pink Triangle is to the Homosexuals what the Cross is to the Christian.

Mm, they’re trying to get our attention by shocking us, so if we react, they’ve won.

This is a classic example of the need for clear thinking.

It is true that there’s a wide latitude, under free speech, for what people can say and proclaim.

There is, however, a wider latitude for what people are required to listen to, or be an audience for.

In the words of the cop on the beat, “Move along, move along. Nothing to see here.”

Chuckling, shaking my head, and moving on,

Gerry

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