To many people Juris Calitis is a respected priest, theologian and charitable figure. Yet he has also raised feelings of animosity for his support of the recent gay parades and for helping seven homeless Somali immigrants. Last November, Calitis was expelled from the Latvian Lutheran Church for holding a sermon for participants in Riga's 2005 gay pride parade. The Church has recently taken an almost ultra-conservative turn in response to Latvia's changing environment 's both religious and political. Despite this, the Latvian expat, who has lived in Germany, England, Scotland, the U.S.A, the...
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