In the name of Voice of Reason – the movement for secular Croatia, I call upon all you people of good will to join us on a march of solidarity and to vote on Sunday against a homophobic clerical initiative.I would specifically like to address the believers in whose name the militant order Opus Dei, under the cloak of the association known as “In the Name of Family”, financially and logistically aided by the Catholic church, initiated this discriminatory referendum. I am urging you not to give in to their lies and intimidation equating gay people with pedophiles, who will, if to them not ban marriage, seize their children and destroy this society in all possible satanic ways.On Sunday, you will not be voting FOR or AGAINST the institution of family. You will be asked if you support the idea that the least protected members of our society be allowed to enjoy the same rights as we do on a long term basis. If you think that contrary to the teachings of Jesus, you, not God, have the right to pass judgement on anyone, vote FOR. If you cherish those pure messages from the Bible that you embraced as children and not the hate propaganda disseminated by the clergy and members of Opus Dei, vote AGAINST.
Certain rich individuals, presenting themselves as the keepers of Croatian tradition through various business relations with the church, wish to convert Croatia into a church-run state that according to the plans of the Vatican should be the one to reevangelize Europe. We are still not certain what their leader pope Francis will do regarding this issue, but as citizens of this country, with secularity as one of its core constitutional values, we must not allow the state to interfere with our religious freedom, just as we must not allow ourselves to be used by the church as a means of assimilating political power in this country. At the time of the first Yugoslav state, the church and the king reached an agreement to share power between the state and the church. The most prominent fighter against this agreement was Stjepan Radić, who paid for this cause with his life.
These days you will hear nothing about him from the mouths of the clergy. Today’s politicians adorn themselves with name of Stjepan Radić’s party, but even they don’t mention him, as they are faithfully harnessed to the clerical carriage. What Croatian tradition are they talking about? Are we really that short sighted? The current desperate economic and social state is the legacy of the administrations that have been in power until now, not the fault of the minorities like the LGBT community, Serbs, Roma people, disabled children or the blind… The church receives around one billion kuna from the state every year, thanks to Vatican agreements. The clergy are not accountable to anybody in this state regarding what they do with this money and even though they engage in profitable activities, they do not pay any taxes to the state.
Rich individuals from Opus Dei do not wish to reveal the names of their donors, allegedly fearing for their safety. What danger could possibly threaten these rich donors – believers living in a society which the Church likes to boast is 84 percent Catholic? Does that not sound shady? Would you not find it suspicious if a party received hefty donations and kept quiet about the donors? Wouldn’t money laundering or corruption come to mind? For this reason, once again, I call upon all the believers and good willed people not to fall for the deception and intimidation of the clergy. Join us on the march of solidarity on Saturday and vote AGAINST at the ballot on Sunday. This will be a step towards Croatia becoming a society with true equity for its citizens, where their rights and religious freedom will be respected, with zero tolerance for discrimination against citizens belonging to any minority.