Activist Julio Severo Flees Brazil to Escape Charges of “Homophobia”
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
April 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Julio Severo, one of Brazil’s most prominent pro-life and pro-family activists, has fled Brazil to escape federal prosecutors who sought him following a complaint of “homophobia” filed against him for his unfavorable coverage of the nation’s Gay Parade in 2006, according to Severo.
Severo states on his blog that federal prosecutors were seeking to obtain his address from the man responsible for his internet domain www.juliosevero.com.br, who hired an attorney to defend its claim that it was not obligated to turn over the information. However, their arguments were rejected.
“Therefore, faced with this absurdity, I was forced to leave the country with my family: a wife in the advanced stages of pregnancy and two little children,” Severo writes on his blog. “We are now in a place that is completely foreign to us. What choice did we have?” (see blog entry in English at http://lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com/2009/03/julio-severo-away-from-brazil.html).
“If they wish to continue with their absurd acts against me for ‘homophobia,’ I state that I am no longer in Brazil. Leave my friends in peace,” adds Severo.
“At the same time, I am making another statement. I will not be silenced. The voice that God gave me will continue to be used to alert Brazil, whether I am in India, Kenya, Nicaragua, or any other country in the world.”
The term “homophobia” is used by homosexualist ideologues to refer to those who reject sodomy and other unhealthy practices common among homosexuals. Although the term itself is meant to imply that the critic of homosexual behavior has an irrational fear of homosexuals, it is now treated as a crime in some nations, including Brazil.
Although Brazil has no “homophobia” law on the books, its courts have repeatedly convicted individuals and groups of the phantom crime, even going so far as to prohibit an entire pro-family campaign by the Evangelical Protestant group VINACC (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/nov/07112805.html).
The article for which Severo was being sought observes that homosexual behavior is immoral, and urges those who are involved in the sin to convert to Christianity. It also notes the link between many homosexualist organizations and pedophilia, and notes that while Brazil’s annual homosexual parades receive heavy media coverage, its large “March for Jesus” is hardly mentioned (see original article in Portuguese at http://juliosevero.blogspot.com/2006/06/marcha-para-jesus-ou-parada-gay-quem.html).
Severo was given help to escape Brazil after the Brazilian philosopher Olavo de Carvalho made a public appeal for him on his internet radio program.
Carvalho, who is living in the United States, says that he regards Brazil as dangerous for conservatives, and has called Severo “the most discriminated against and persecuted of Brazilians.”
Severo is asking for help for himself and his family during this difficult time.
To contact Julio Severo: firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate: https://www.paypal.com/uk/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=vHojzprXFq4bCKsimo2xwow9KXWMNFM_poPEspXEn0p8VIJS8iguhcgW2oS&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f998ca054efbdf2c25fe4a05bcb33bff68dd55460de9003d5
Severo’s Blog in English: http://www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com
Severo’s Blog in Portuguese: http://juliosevero.blogspot.com
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Brazilian President: Opposition to Homosexuality is a “Perverse Disease”
Brazilian Government Punishes Dissenters of Pro-Homosexuality Policy
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