Civitas - November 18
Warning: Obscene photos further down.
The photos from Sunday's Civitas rally against gay marriage and adoption are very similar to those from Saturday. However, in Paris there was one incident that stood out for its vulgarity. Nude women, part of the "Femen" group disrupted the march and sprayed the demonstrators with tear gas. Their naked torsos were painted with blasphemous slogans such as "F… God", "F… Church" and "In gay we trust" (photos below).
These obscene paid "professionals" were supported and seconded by a well-known French "journalist" and militant lesbian named Caroline Fourest, who had already demonstrated in favor of gay marriage on Saturday and had been pushed back by the police. Theoretically, these counter-demonstrations are illegal because they were not announced. Alain Escada, president of Civitas sent a communiqué posted at Le Salon Beige:
"(…) During our march this Sunday, this woman (Fourest) accompanied the feminist and homosexual extremists who showed up completely nude in front of children (this is what she calls "humor"). Their counter-demonstration had not been announced. They approached our column screaming, in the presence of police. Note that all of these aggressive counter-demonstrators, including Caroline Fourest, were arrested. However, the police did not arrest a single one of our demonstrators who were able to continue their march calmly to the National Assembly. Permit me to thank the authorities for their professionalism in seeing to it that everyone was safe."
Escada also spoke in front of the National Assembly, the final destination of the demonstration:
"This marriage for everyone is an open door to all sorts of madness! To polygamy or to incest!" he proclaimed into the microphone, before uttering a Pater Noster and religious songs joined by the crowd. He sent a warning to François Hollande: "This is but a first step! We will call for more action."
Below, a familiar face - deputy Jacques Bompard, mayor of Orange, who was elected to the National Assembly last June to the great relief of nationalists and Catholics, with Mme Bompard, also an elected official.
Below, the banner they held when they reached the National Assembly.
Below, two obscenities. See more obscenities here.
More photos (not obscene) here.
Finally, there are calls to dissolve Civitas on grounds that it and other "extreme right-wing" groups engaged in violence against the Femen females and their accomplice Caroline Fourest. Fourest claims she was beaten several times. Le Point reports the words of radical leftist Eddie Aït who accuses a group called GUD:
"Those who don't know the true face of the French extreme right discovered it today with the shameful attacks that the militant feminists of Femen and some journalists, notably Caroline Fourest were victims of. The GUD, Groupe Union Défense, connected to the Front National and known for its ultra-violent actions does not hesitate to add physical brutality to the homophobia, intolerance and hatred of the fanatics of Civitas."
"The movement Civitas must be dissolved as the law authorizes," he stressed.
Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem reacted:
"There is no place for aggressions by the extreme right in our country. The government will have no tolerance for violence and the excesses that are associated with it. The freedom to inform is not a principle one can vacillate on."
Note: She seems to be referring to the "attack" on Fourest, who claims to be a "journalist". The Catholic websites are dubious about her credentials.
A Socialist deputy named Anne-Yvonne Le Dain proclaimed:
"Tomorrow I will ask Interior Minister Manuel Valls to dissolve Civitas. (…) I would like to point out that these people who claim to defend Christian values violated without shame a basic principle of human societies: a man does not strike a woman."
No more comments. Enough lunacy for one day. One last photo of the rally:
At the top you see demonstrators with a banner that reads as follows:
"In accordance with the Holy Scripture, that treats them as grave depravations, Tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered"
"Cathechism of the Catholic Church"