While blogging from the Santa Barbara retreat of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, I contended that:
the greatest enemies of gay people are not social conservatives in the West who may question (what they call) our lifestyle and oppose legislation benefiting us, but Islamic theocrats who execute gay people in jurisdictions where they predominate and seek to destroy the nations with political systems which allow us to live freely.
Well, it seems the threat in not just from such theocrats in nations where they hold sway, but also from angry followers of their anti-gay doctrine in Western lands. At that retreat, I met a nice and intelligent Dutch gay lesbian who told me about a gay-bashing on April 30 in the Netherlands. She has since translated articles from the Dutch press (included with links below the “jump”).
At a fashion show to promote tolerance of gay people on April 30, a national holiday in Holland, celebrating the birthday of the late Queen Juliana, a group of ten Muslim youths dragged gay model Mike Du Pree down from the catwalk, beating him up and breaking his nose. A second model who tried to help out was also attacked.
I could find no reference to this beating on any of the gay news web-sites I checked, including 365gay.com, the Advocate, the Washington Blade as well as sites of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). (I did searches on each of these sites for “Amsterdam.”) Why is it HRC is so eager to savage John McCain, yet reluctant to condemn real gay-bashing? And such gay-bashing (as our friend Chris Crain knows from first-hand experience) is a growing phenomenon in the Netherlands.
Martin Bosma, gay issues spokesman of the Dutch Party of Freedom (PVV), said as much:
This shows how strong the Islamic gaybashers feel they are. Even at daylight, on Queen’s Day, in the heart of Amsterdam, they strike . . . . The Dutch nationality of the gaybashers of Rembrandt Square should immediately be taken from them and they should be expelled from the country today. The Netherlands can show no mercy for these people who damage our society in this way. Either they will win, or we will win.
Let us hope that Dutch lawmakers show a similar tough attitude toward such thugs. And that gay Americans take notice of the threats our fellows face in nations run by governments officially tolerant of gay people.
UPDATE: Gateway Pundit provides a picture of Mike DuPree.
With appreciation to Glenn for alerting his readers to this important story, part, alas, of a growing trend in Europe.
Click on more to find links to articles in Dutch on this bashing and translations:
May 1, 2008
Amsterdam â€” On Queen’s Day [national holiday, birthday of the late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands], in a side street of Rembrandt Square, a gay fashion show was severely disrupted. The model was dragged down from the catwalk by ten young guys.
The homosexual model Mike du Pree was dragged down from the catwalk by ten young guys. When he wanted to defend himself he got hit several times. A bystander stood up for the victim and a fight evolved. The show was organized precisely to promote tolerance towards homosexuals.
Before things got out of hand, the atmosphere was already tense. The public made comments about the outfits and a couple of models were insulted. The attack on Du Pree was the worst moment. â€˜Mike got dragged down by his armâ€, says the organizer Jennifer Delano. â€˜They pinched him, he defended himself and then the guys of immigrant background started to hit himâ€. According to her it was a group of ten young guys of Muslim background. The fight didn’t last long, but the police was too late.
Delano doesn’t know yet whether she will organize a fashion show for tolerance ever again. â€˜I first need to recover from what happened’, the initiator says. According to her â€˜Amsterdam is no longer a tolerant city’. She will officially report the incident to the police and she considers to take legal action against the perpetrators. They are still free to roam.
May 1, 2008. Gay Krant [Gay Newspaper]
UPDATE â€” On Rembrandt Square in Amsterdam about ten young guys of immigrant background assaulted a participant of a gay fashion show on Queen’s Day. The victim got a broken nose.
The model participated in a fashion show that was precisely organized to promote tolerance towards homosexuals. When model Mike du Pree made his second round, he got dragged from the catwalk, indecently palpated and threatened with violence.
A second model, who came to help, got hit several times. The organization considers to officially report the incident to the police. The police has started an investigation.
Geert Wilders and Martin Bosma, Members of Parliament of PVV (Partij van de Vrijheid/Party of Freedom) have asked questions in Parliament to Secretary of Gay Emancipation Plasterk. PVV gay issues spokesman Martin Bosma: â€˜This shows how stong the Islamic gaybashers feel they are. Even at daylight, on Queen’s Day, in the heart of Amsterdam, they strike. Only the hardest measures could turn this sick trend. The words of Laborparty city council member Mahrach this week showed as well how normal it starts to be to see gays as second rate citizens. She argues that homosexual behavior is forbidden. I can’t understand that the Laborparty can sink so low and has these kind of people represent them in the city council. Ms. Mahrach doesn’t share our norms and values. It would be better if she would voluntarily leave our country. Now she is only contributing to a climate that is directed against gays. The Dutch nationality of the gaybashers of Rembrandt Square should immediately be taken from them and they should be expelled from the country today. The Netherlands can show no mercy for these people who damage our society in this way. Either they will win, or we will winâ€
Questions in Parliament of MP’s Wilders and Bosma to Secretary Plasterk of gay emancipation on the end of Amsterdam as a tolerant city for gays:
- 1) Have you noticed the article â€˜Gay model dragged from catwalk?â€
- 2) Do you agree that it should be seen as a sign of increasing hate of Muslims towards our gays that precisely on an event for gay tolerance, on Queen’s Day, Muslims use violence?
- 3) Do you agree with the initiators of the event that the incident shows that â€œAmsterdam isn’t a tolerant city anymoreâ€?
- 4) Do you agree with Amsterdam Labor City Council Member Yman Mahrach that homosexual behavior is forbidden according to the quran and that it is not up to the public to disagree with that?
- 5) Do you agree with Party of Freedom that it would be better if Ms. Mahrach and her gay-bashing fellow countrymen would return to their country of origin?