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Gay Group Organizes Gay Christmas in Gay Country

Monday, December 8, 2008 • 12:06 pm

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.

What can’t you do as a homosexual that you can do as a hetersexual during Christmas? Am I missing something here?

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The Netherlands isn’t exactly gay country.  There is a lot of rather extreme gay activism, but then on the other side some of their media don’t mind hurling insults at gays (i.e., not legitimate critique, but rather simply name calling and cheap wisecracks) that American media would never do.  So it’s a very different situation - a lot more toleration for things like cruising in parks in some places like Amsterdam, but also a lot more toleration for expressions of dislike.

[1] Posted by j.m.c. on 12-08-2008 at 01:30 PM • top

They want to portray same-sex marriages between two Marys and two Josephs with real actors at the nativity scene. It seems ludicrous and I can’t help laughing. But it is a tragedy.

[2] Posted by perpetuaofcarthage on 12-08-2008 at 01:48 PM • top

If they tried to defile and distort the story of Islam in this way, it would not be permitted even in the Netherlands. 
I’m not sure how long God will tolerate the inferences that His son and John or that Jonathan and David were ‘gay.’

I’m still angry that they are trying to ‘recruit’ Emily Dickinson for their cause - but angrier about the ‘gay’ lense reading of Scripture.

[3] Posted by Theodora on 12-08-2008 at 01:54 PM • top

I think we should make a heterosexual version of “Bokeback Mountain”, see how they like it.

[4] Posted by Fidela on 12-08-2008 at 02:00 PM • top

Maybe we could really shock the gay establishment and sneak through an openly heterosexual bishop in TEC.

[5] Posted by Jeffersonian on 12-08-2008 at 02:50 PM • top

Sorry, Jefferson, that’s really a bit of a stretch.

[6] Posted by Fidela on 12-08-2008 at 02:53 PM • top

Children!  Throwing a Dutch Tantrum. 

So sad….KTF!...mrb

[7] Posted by Mike Bertaut on 12-08-2008 at 05:20 PM • top

Greg, in the category:
“What can’t you do as a homosexual that you can do as a hetersexual during Christmas? Am I missing something here?”

I’d like to answer ANATOMY for $1000.00, Greg.
Properly use the natural equipment, as that would make you bisexual if not heterosexual? 

And, hopefully, that would be a DAILY DOUBLE, so I can give 2000.00 to my favorite charity!

[8] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 12-08-2008 at 06:10 PM • top

If they tried to defile and distort the story of Islam in this way, it would not be permitted even in the Netherlands.

Given what happened with a cartoon, I’m guessing that this would be a one day display if directed against Islam, and, unfortunately, it’s not the government they would be worried about.

[9] Posted by Edwin on 12-08-2008 at 06:29 PM • top

#2—beyond the incredible, isn’t it?  If it were me, I would not even report such a thing.  There is no reason to spread the knowledge of their behavior.  If gays were to act like straight people, no one would know they were gay, would they?

[10] Posted by GB on 12-08-2008 at 08:12 PM • top

This might encourage All Saints in Pasadena ...

[11] Posted by martin5 on 12-08-2008 at 09:30 PM • top

Protest, protest, foul, foul…..what about the bisexuals, the bicurious, the transexuals, the asexuals, monosexuals, uni-sexuals, unsexuals?

[12] Posted by The Templar on 12-08-2008 at 10:34 PM • top

The part about “weekly attacks on gay men:”  How frequent would that be if the “attacks” which came from “I said leave me alone!” were factored out?  Rather like that attack from behind old Lot’s door when those lads just couldn’t comprehend “No?”  Either that, or the holy angels are “homophobic?”

[13] Posted by Robert Easter on 12-09-2008 at 09:50 AM • top

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