Allow us to introduce our informal initiative The Voice of Reason – Initiative for Secular Croatia.We are a group of individuals and associated organizations that, under the name Coordination for Secular Croatia, organized the Reason Rally in Zagreb in mid- Januray 2013 in order to support thesecular values and the Government’s implementation of health education into the educational system. We have received a great deal of support from the public, the rally was very well-visited and the message reached a wide audience both in Croatia and the wider region. At the same time the Split Reason Rally was organized by the initiative Young Citizens of Split for Health Education. With the new structure, as a group of aware citizens, and under the a name, The Voice of Reason – Initiative for Secular Croatia, our intention is to continue our work in protecting secular values and human rights. Our purpose is an actual separation of religious institutions from the state- as stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia- in article 41.
We would like to inform you that Ms. Judith Reisman, a professor of law at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virgina has just visited Croatia. She arrived with Timothy Tate, a British investigative journalist. Ms. Reisman, who holds degrees in Communications, came to Croatia to defame the health education curriculum as a product of a „criminal homosexual-pedophiliac“ work of Alfred Kinsey.Ms. Reisman claims that consuming pornography provokes the formation of „erototoxines“ which she has yet to provide scientific evidence for. It is also known that in 1991 she sued the Kinsey Institute of the University of Indiana, but the case was dismissed with prejudice in 1994 which means Ms. Reisman was prohibited from refiling the suit. Her work has not been published in any peer-reviewed scientific journal and she is the person who wrote a review of the book Pink Swastika, which promotes completely false and extremely dangerous claims about the connection between homosexuals and the Nazi movement. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has recently stated that Judith Reisman undermined the historical truth of the Holocaust.
Ms. Reisman was invited to Croatia by the Vigilare association and the Croatian Centre for the Renewal of Culture to give some lectures and to participate in public discussions. The president of the Croatian Centre for the Renewal of Culture, Stjepan Bartulica, is the advisor to the President of Croatia which we find very disturbing. The administrative board of the same organization consists ofthe student chaplain Damir Stojić and the professor at Yale University and the member of the Croatian Helsinki Committee Ivo Banac. The visit of Ms. Reisman was closely monitored by Krešimir Miletić, a spokesman for Vigilare, and Vice John Batarelo, the Executive Director of the Office for Family Life at the Archdiocese of Zagreb. Ms. Reisman was asked to deliver a speech in the Croatian Parliament on sex education and the experiences in the USA by the Croatian Democratic Union, the second largest parliamentary party.
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