Riigikogu LGBT support group condemns Sunday's attack on Finnish pastor

  • 2023-06-12
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The LGBT+ community support group in the Estonian parliament said on Monday it deeply regrets the hate attack at the prayer of gay Christians on Sunday, which resulted in the hospitalization of three people who participated in the prayer, including a pastor from Finland. 

"Saturday's Baltic Pride parade passed so peacefully and without incidents that it felt like there had been a real turn towards openness and tolerance in our society. Unfortunately, Sunday's brutal attack proved that hatred and animosity towards the LGBT+ community has not disappeared from Estonia and continues to threaten people's safety, and thereby public order," said the chairman of the support group, Social Democrat MP Eduard Odinets.

"It is particularly sad that people gathered for prayer were attacked in the name of God, which runs counter to all Christian values and principles," he said.

The support group hopes that Sunday's attack was an attack by a lone fanatic, who was not encouraged by the negative attitudes of church circles towards the marriage equality bill being handled in the Riigikogu.

"There must be no room in Estonian society for religious attacks or views inciting hatred," Odinets said. 

The Riigikogu LGBT+ community support group includes Social Democrats Eduard Odinets, Jevgeni Ossinovski and Reili Rand, Hanah Lahe from the Reform Party group and Hendrik Terras and Liisa Pakosta from Estonia 200.