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    Derby Pride Protest

    by earwicga on 12th July, 2010 at 2:23 pm    

    Derby celebrated Pride on Saturday.  The day was a success with the only blip being a protest by:

    a group of 14 protesters claiming to be from the Islamic community waved placards bearing anti-homosexual messages.

    These were largely ignored by the those in the parade and the public, but upset an unnamed woman who explained that:

    My 18-year-old grandson is gay. He is who he is. Who are these people to tell others how to live? It’s totally wrong – I’m glad they were drowned out.”

    What impressed me most about this article from This is Derbyshire is they went further than simply reporting the protest and sought a statement from the police and the local Mosque:

    A police spokeswoman said that the views of the protesters did not represent the Muslim majority.

    “They do not represent the 14,000 majority Muslim community living in Derby. The mainstream community did not support the counter demonstration and have no issues or concerns about the parade or the wider gay community.”

    Gulfraz Nawaz, secretary of Derby’s Jamia Mosque, said last night: “The views of the protesters do not represent all the Muslim community – they are a very small minority and they give the majority of Muslims a bad name.

    “I think we should live and let live.”

    Wouldn’t find that reported in the Daily Hate would you?

    Whilst Derby was celebrating Pride I was in protest free Manchester at Sparkle: The National Transgender Festival, where I had the opportunity to hear Natacha Kennedy give a talk about her research into transgender children and young people which was excellent and well worth catching if you have the chance.

    H/T ILGA Europe

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    1. platinum786 — on 12th July, 2010 at 2:37 pm  

      Yeah, these retards are the typical HT, Ex Al-muhajiroun types.

      Everyone knows the Muslim faith doesn’t consider homosexuality an acceptable lifestyle choice. That doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against homosexuals.

    2. Sunny — on 12th July, 2010 at 3:14 pm  

      Sensible local journalism? I’m shocked.

    3. Bill — on 12th July, 2010 at 10:44 pm  

      I’m not sure the local police are the best authority for determining who is and who is not representative of the Muslim community, given the entirely-plausible complaints that ethnic minorities have made of the honesty of the British constabulary, and the widespread perception amongst many that the police are fatally compromised by top-down “political correctness”. It’s good to see local imans putting some clear green water between the extremists and the decent majority, though.

    4. platinum786 — on 13th July, 2010 at 10:07 am  

      ^^^ What about the secretary of one of the largest mosques in Britain? Or do his words not fit adequately with your stereotype either?

    5. Bill — on 13th July, 2010 at 5:22 pm  

      Which stereotype would that be? If you re-read my post it does say “It’s good to see local imams putting some clear green water between the extremists and the decent majority”. Not sure why you have a problem with that, it seems your knee jerked and hit the Post button.

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