An Israeli mayor lashed out at the local LGBTQ community on Monday, issuing a harshly worded homophobic statement where he expressed his opposition to a Pride event planned for Friday in his southern town of Mitzpeh Ramon.
In a lengthy open letter, Roni Marom laid out his thoughts on the LGBTQ community, arguing that LGBTQ activists have a "secret agenda" they are advancing by ways of politics, academia and public relations. He also asserted the overt goal of the LGBTQ movement is for there to be widespread acceptance and recognition of same-sex attraction and sexual orientation and the achievement of equal rights for all, but the hidden agenda entails “plans to destroy social solidarity by challenging the three unifying elements of human society – religion, nation and family.”
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“I don’t recognize the LGBTQ flag and I’m not prepared to call them a ‘community.’ I object to the shadow army that is marching in victory parades from Manhattan to Berlin,” Marom wrote, urging local residents not to serve as the “anonymous soldiers of the LGBTQ army.”
“It’s a mistake on their part to express their sexual orientation publicly. They should understand that they are the exception to the rule and it is on those terms that society can include them,” he added.
According to Marom, the LGBTQ community cannot be defined as a real community because its constituents don’t occupy a “geographical area.” Marom added that “one of the most frightening facts is that on the issue of LGBTQ today, there is seemingly ‘one truth’ shrouded in the guise of promoting humane and universal values. Such an irrefutable truth that anyone who dares to say anything that does not converge with this idea will be punished."
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In response to Marom’s letter, The Aguda-Israel’s LGBTQ Task Force said: “We are ashamed that the head of the local council is legitimizing hate and incitement against the town’s LGBTQ community. At a time when more and more local authority heads all over the country have been working this year to create a safe space for the LGBTQ community, the Mitzpeh Ramon Local Council chief is proudly engaging in LGBTQ-phobia. We will continue to fight for our rights everywhere, even in Mitzpeh Ramon.”