Kent mum and son, 4, get revenge after church poster saying 'We don't celebrate Pride'

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The poster appeared on a noticeboard outside Halling Baptist Church in Vicarage Road, Halling, Kent, on Saturday (August 27), leading outraged locals to criticise the message as bigoted. It read: “We don’t celebrate Pride, we preach Christ crucified.”

Elizabeth Kitchener, who lives in the same street, created her own “Be Kind” poster, which was decorated in rainbow colours by her son Alfred before she pasted it over the one stuck to the noticeboard.

She told KentOnline: “I was shocked and disgusted to have a bigoted message being publicly shown.

“I decided to have a chat with my kids about it and my eldest Alfred said he wanted to colour a rainbow with ‘Be Kind’ on it.

“I think it’s clear a lot of people in the village were not happy with the message shown. I had neighbours smiling with big thumbs up as I was walking back home.”

Both Manchester and Cardiff’s Pride parades made a comeback after two years due to the Covid pandemic.

Meanwhile, thousands of religious and right-wing opponents of a European gay Pride event to be hosted by Belgrade protested through the Serbian capital today in spite of the Government saying it would scrap or delay the event.

Belgrade is due to host the EuroPride march on September 17. The event is staged in a different European city each year.

But President Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday (August 27) it would be cancelled or postponed, citing reasons such as threats from right-wing activists.

Today’s protest against the EuroPride event, held during a procession to mark a religious holiday, was led by clergy from the Serbian Orthodox Church, some of whose bishops say the Pride event threatens traditional family values and should be banned.

Others who joined the march chanted slogans in support of far-right or nationalist causes.

Some waved Russian flags in a show of support for Moscow, Serbia’s traditional ally, as Government in Belgrade tries to balance its ambition to join the European Union with its longstanding ties to Russia and China.

Former Serbian governments have banned Pride parades in the past, drawing fire from human rights groups.

Some Pride marches in the early 2000s met with fierce opposition and were marred by violence.

Recent Pride marches in Serbia have passed off peacefully, a change cited by EuroPride organisers as one reason why Belgrade was chosen as the 2022 host. Copenhagen was the host last year.

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