Someone should alert Gary Bauer and others who seek an end to gay pride parades. Gay activists in the UK want to cancel a march because it might offend members of a particular religious group. So, maybe ol’ Gary should just follow their lead claim offense; gay groups on this side of the pond will surely capitulate.
Fearing that a gay pride parade in London’s East End “will cause tensions between gay people and Muslims“, some activists want to cancel a march scheduled in response to “to anti-gay stickers plastered around the East End“:
An open letter signed by Out East chair Thierry Schaffauser and Terry Stewart of the Hackney Community Engagement Board claims that the Pride march may “divide our communities” or be used “to oppress other marginalised groups”.
Out East organises Hackney Pride and the letter has also been signed by Denis Fernando of Unite Against Fascism and the Greater London Association of Trade Union Councils.
It says: “We believe that the most appropriate response to the stickers is to liaise with Muslim communities and others to create bridges and communicate with each other.
“We want both homophobia and Islamophobia addressed as a collective problem and not feed one against the other, we do not recognise these as distinct categories.
“We will refuse any attempt to divide our communities or take the risk that an LGBTQ event is used to oppress other marginalised groups, in particular LGBTQ Muslims who will be the most affected by this rising antagonism.”
That’s rich. These folks have the view that all victims are alike; if you’re an approved victim of Western straight white male hegemony, then we need address animosity (or perceived animosity”) as a “collective problem.” Wow, just wow. These guys are more concerned with offending Muslims than they are with speaking out against anti-gay bigotry.
If Muslim groups have a problem with a gay pride march, wouldn’t that indicate that they harbor, um, well, politically incorrect sentiments about gay people? It seems that some gay activists are so desperate to be part of this coalition of the oppressed that the ignore how many Islamist regimes oppress gays — while other Islamist organizations, even in Western countries, favor our marginalization if not persecution.
A group of gay lefty organizations who CLAIM they exist to work on behalf of gay people actually put out a press release on Friday attacking Rep. Peter King’s hearings on Islamic radicalization. Nevermind that radical Islam teaches that the penalty for being gay is DEATH. Honestly, the Onion couldn’t have written this release.
Signing on to this attack on the King hearings, a de facto defense of radical Islam, included the National Center for Lesbian Rights [NCLR], Equality California (who might as well just become the Communist Party of CA) and Lambda Legal.
Does seem these folks prefer participation in the Coalition of the Oppressed to speaking out for gay people who are truly oppressed.
Recall how Kate Kendell, Executive Director of NCLR, chose to commemorate 9/11 in 2009, by ignoring the radical Islamic ideology of the men who murdered thousands of Americans that day and focusing her ire instead on conservatives.
UPDATE: Thanks to some of our commenters for updating with information that one of the organizers had been involved with fascist English Defence League. So, skinheads involved with a gay pride march. I thought those folks hated gays. Politics do indeed make strange bedfellows.