By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)– Hungarian evangelical Christians have protested against a poster carried during last weekend’s annual Budapest Gay Pride Parade for more rights for homosexuals. The poster says: “Jesus had two fathers too.”
The text was apparently aimed at Hungarian legislation which currently forbids gay couples to adopt children. “We, living-faith Christians are deeply hurt in our faith by this poster,” said Reverend László Bánfi, the founder of the Hungary-based International Christian Internet Church.
Bánfi, who said he was persecuted by authorities for his Christian activities when Hungary was a Soviet satellite, suggested at least some gay-rights activists have misused his country’s new-found freedom. “We pray the Almighty God to give very honest repentance to those who prepared this poster and to those who agree with it,” he told BosNewsLife.
Christians believe that Jesus eventually proved himself to be Jesus Christ with only one Heavenly Father. At age 12, Jesus already suggested to His earthly parents that His real father was in Heaven, when they searched for Him and found Him speaking in the temple in Jerusalem, according to Biblical records.
“And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?”, Jesus said according to a translation of Luke 2:49 in the New American Standard Bible.
The European Union-backed Gay Pride Parade of September 5 saw some two thousand participants marching behind an open truck with colorful dancers on Budapest’s Road, the Hungarian capital’s answer to the Champs Elysees in Paris.
Among the marchers were politicians, including former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány who said that “All free citizens must defend human rights.” The marchers were surrounded by riot police as anti-gay protesters tried to interrupt the Gay Pride Parade.
Several people were injured during the skirmishes, including an English man who challenged anti-gay protesters and an elderly men who demonstrated against the event. Dozens of people were detained, including far right demonstrators, police said.
Hundreds of demonstrators, including neo-Nazis and skinheads, also rampaged in the nearby Budapest’s Jewish district, according to witnesses.
Increased surveillance prevented a recurrence of the mayhem that ended last year‘s parade, in which there were more than a dozen serious injuries, said police spokesperson Éva Tafferner in a statement.
Ahead of the gathering, American actress and activist Whoopi Goldberg had urged Hungarians to remain peaceful. She said not everyone needed to agree with the event, “But every citizen of democratic Hungary should agree to firmly reject violence against each other. ”
European Union embassies in Budapest also condemned violence and urged respect for the Gay Pride Parade. While this year’s skirmishes were less bloody than those in 2008, critics complained that the Gay Pride Parade still needs massive police protection in this country to succeed.
This year gay-couples received more legal rights, but they have no right to legally marry or to adopt children, although “registered partnerships” are allowed. Several conservative politicians and church leaders say it needs time before Hungary’s society is prepared for change and argue that “traditional marriage” between a man and a woman should be “protected.”