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. [I have an idea: go to Church! Last I checked, homosexuals weren't banned from celebrating Christmas. It is not religion that marginalizes them, they marginalize themselves. If they choose not to participate, why should we feel sorry?]
The festival will also encourage people to think about homosexuality and religion, Van Dalen added.
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.
I wonder what would happen if Christians decided to make a public display that attacked and ridiculed homosexuality, oh wait, that's a hate crime. Perhaps this isn't so bad, maybe it's a show of faith since an act of Divine Intervention like the Nativity is really the only way these bigots could possibly procreate. What more do you expect from the San Francisco of Europe?