Although Israel's first international celebration of homosexuality will still take place as scheduled to begin August 6, organizers of the Jerusalem WorldPride 2006 have cancelled a planned parade through the streets of Jerusalem.
The celebrations, designed for lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, & transgenders (LGBT), is expected to draw tens of thousands of LGBTs to the city. The government informed organizers this week that they could not insure a safe environment for the parade given the war & security issues in play right now. "We feel it would be neither responsible nor appropraite to hold the march until such time that circumstances allow for a safe & peaceful gathering for all," said Hagai El-Ad, WorldPride executive director. He continued, "This is not the time for celebrations, & the march, which would require extensive security, . . . will be held when the improvement of the security situation in the country" takes place.
This year's celebration was postponed entirely from last year amid tensions as Israel pulled out from the Gaza Strip.
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26