UK: Muslim leaders make formal complaint over “Islamophobic” banners at London Pride

The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain is a group of revolting hypocrites who denounce me as a “right-wing extremist” even though they denounce “Islamophobia” here, and even though I have never said and would never say the hateful things they say in their slogans at this festival. And Maryam Namazie, quoted in a section of the article below that I did not include in the excerpt here, is a Communist anti-Semite.

But that’s beside the point. In this case, they’re on the side of the freedom of speech. The telling aspect of this news item is that the Muslim groups are filing a complaint against criticism of Islam. There were people openly displaying Hizballah banners at London’s al-Quds Day rally, and these Muslim groups didn’t say a word. That fact and this complaint indicate that these groups don’t oppose jihad terror, and want to impose Sharia norms forbidding criticism of Islam upon Britain.

“Muslim leaders make formal complaint over ‘Islamophobic’ banners at London Pride,” by Eleanor Rose, Evening Standard, July 14, 2017:

Muslim leaders have lodged a formal complaint with the organisers of London’s Pride festival after placards allegedly bearing Islamophobic messages were spotted at the event.

A secularist group of former Muslims were seen carrying a series of controversial signs during the march through the capital last weekend.

Banners bearing slogans such as “Allah is gay”, “F*** Islamic homophobia” and “East London Mosque incites murder of LGBTs” were carried at the event by members of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), who were a participating group listed on Pride’s website.

But leaders from the Muslim community wrote to the event’s organisers to raise concerns the messages incited hatred.

East London Mosque spokesman Salman Farsi told the Standard: “We’ve raised a complaint with the co-chairs of the event that the group was inciting hatred against Muslims, and in particular [in relation] to our good name, based on absolutely groundless reasons.

“Our track record for challenging homophobia in East London is quite well known,” he added, citing campaigns to condemn “gay-hate” stickers that sprung up around Tower Hamlets several years ago and the mosque’s public condemnations of attacks on LGBT people.

“For us to see such a mainstream event that is supposed to celebrate tolerance and love used as a hate platform was really quite shocking.

“One of the signs said ‘Islamophobia is an oxymoron’.

“Our religion doesn’t promote hatred or homophobia. Yes, there might be theological topics dealing with homosexuality in Islam, but that’s clearly very separate from promoting hatred and homophobia,” said Mr Farsi….

Right. Kill ’em, just don’t hate ’em.

Pride has also written to East London Mosque to say it has referred the complaint to its community advisory board, which assesses every parade entry after each year’s march, and “decide on whether CEMB will be allowed to march again in the years ahead.”


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