Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki is blaming Yiannis Boutaris for his attitude on the Gay Pride Festival.
Vehemently opposed to the scheduled homosexual festival on June 14 and 15, which will take place in Thessaloniki, the Bishop urged Thessalonians to keep their children away from the event.
The Bishop is asking the Mayor of Thessaloniki to proceed with the cancellation of the “carnival”, stating that the festival is being held after his decision. The Bishop noted that Boutaris has only made one concession, asking organizers not to present the parade near churches, but in Liberty Square.
Mr. Anthimos recalls the events that took place in Georgia in connection with the same event and the suicide of a person who resisted legalization of gay marriage in France, in the Notre Dame of Paris.
He also pointed out that the issue is serious, and recommends Orthodox Christian residents to avoid any manifestation of violence and conflict within the local community and respond by only stating their strong objection to the event.
He finally recalls that recently a delegation of citizens gave him 19,500 signatures of Thessalonians who react to the presence of homosexuals in the city and urges parents and their children to keep away from these “unholy and unnatural events.”