correspondents in Riga
RIGA, November 18, 2007 – A
Latvian government minister and the owner of a widely-circulated newspaper have both
praised the work of the New Generation Church and Watchmen on the Walls in
the campaign against gay men and women.
They were both speaking at the Watchmen on the Walls
conference which concluded today.
Stendzenieks Armand, who owns the
newspaper RitDiena, told the Watchmen conference, billed as a “human rights
conference”, that Latvia today “has a strategic place” in the confrontation
of the gay culture.
He went on to pledge that he – and
his newspaper – will do everything it can to stop what he called “the
immoral laws and propaganda of sin in Latvia”.
RitDiena, a tabloid that is
editorially on the extreme right, is a free-circulation paper which
currently claims a distribution of 143,771 copies for each issue.
Also praising the conference was
the Latvian government’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Einars
“We now stand at the precipice,”
Mr. Shlessers said tpld delegates. “We must decide what to do and what will
determine our future and the future of our countries.”
He went on to praise the New
Generation Church, saying it was “very good” that the church was holding
such a conference.
“We must fight for the family and
traditional values,” he said, predicting that if there was not a “spiritual
renewal” in Europe, there will soon be a major crisis.
It was not only gays who attracted
criticism at the conference.
California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger fell victim to Vlade Kusakin, the publisher of the anti-gay
American newspaper, The Speaker, and host of a radio show in Sacramento –
both in Russian – for signing pro-gay bills.
He screened a video which, he
claimed, showed that “children are taught homosexuality” in California.
Following Vlade Kusakin was Alexei
Ledyaev who founded the New Generation Church 18 years ago in Riga.
He continued the vendetta against
the Austrian-born Governor of California.
Pastor Ledyaev said that the
Governor had signed a whole string of California pro-gay and anti-family
laws, and the “spin” also included the accusation that the Governor had
actually signed the “gay marriage” bill (AB43: “Gender-Neutral Marriage
“All the press wrote that he did
not sign, but no one wrote that he had signed,” the pastor told his
■ Official California State
records show, of course, that the Governor formally vetoed AB43 on October
12. “I am returning Assembly Bill 43 without my signature,” Gov.
Schwarzenegger wrote to the California State Assembly. “As I stated in
vetoing similar legislation in 2005, I am proud California is a leader in
recognizing and respecting domestic partnerships. I believe that all
Californians are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be
discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation. I support
current domestic partnership rights and will continue to vigorously defend
and enforce these rights.
“In 2000, the voters approved
Proposition 22, a challenge to which is currently pending before the
California Supreme Court. I maintain my position that the appropriate
resolution to this issue is to allow the Court to rule on Proposition 22.”
Hate Gays, Says Anti-Gay Watchmen on the Walls.
From special correspondents in
Riga. Watchmen on the Walls is not a hate group, Scott Lively declared
during the group’s conference which opened yesterday in the Latvian capital.
The anti-gay American author of the notorious The Pink Swastika was
introduced to delegates as “the prominent human rights activist and public
figure”. (UK Gay News, November 15, 2007)
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Posted: 18 November 2007 at
17:30 (UK time)