The first-ever gay pride festival in Bosnia is meeting with resistance from the country's Muslim majority.

Muslims are angry that the four-day gay festival opens in Sarajevo on Wednesday during Ramadan, a month-long religious observance where Muslims do not eat or drink anything from dawn to sunset.

Organizers say Muslims would have been offended no matter when the festival was held.

“It coincided with Ramadan unintentionally,” Q Association leader Svetlana Djurkovic told Reuters. “This is a festival of arts and culture and there are many believers in our population as well.”

Muslim leaders say the gay festival is an affront to Islam.

“I demand my right to religious freedom, my religion prohibits it,” Parliament member Amila Alikadic-Husovic told the Agence France-Press news agency. Husovic drew widespread criticism for her comments, including saying that being gay was an “illness” and should be “cured and not supported.”

“If my children were homosexuals, I would be as desperate as if they were kleptomaniac, schizophrenic or otherwise seriously ill,” Husovic said.

Such language from lawmakers has raised concerns over the safety of gay and lesbian participants attending the gay festival. Yet, the language remains mild when compared to others.

Columnist Ezher Beganovic of the Islamic magazine Saff has called on the government to cancel the gay festival or face the wrath of angry believers. And a campaign of anti-gay hate has also appeared in the capital with posters that read, “Death to Homos.”

Fears of violence erupting are not groundless in the Balkan state, where an ethnic civil war in the 90s killed tens of thousands and homophobia remains prevalent.