Last week, during London’s Pride parade, members of Britain’s Council of Ex-Muslims were asked by police to lower signs that read “Allah is gay” while completely ignoring signs saying “Jesus is gay”.
CNS News reports that in addition, signs that read “God is Gay”, “Jesus had two fathers” and numerous others mocking the church attracted no complaints by police. Yet, police attempted to remove signs saying “Allah is gay” for cause offense.
Maryam Namazie, the spokeswoman for CEMB wrote on her Facebook page, “Had some back and forth about 'Allah is Gay' placard at the start. Police said many complaints about it being 'offensive' (though no one offended by 'Jesus is Gay') before we even headed out but eventually we managed to march with all our banners intact.”
The backlash was swift from the religion of peace. One angry commented by someone named Amir Siddiqui's read, “Homosexuals will go to Hell. They will be punished not just in the hereafter but their punishment will start from the very day they supported or accepted homosexuality.”
Ironically, the East London Mosque had the audacity to file a formal complaint against Britain’s Council of Ex-Muslims for “inciting hatred towards Muslims”. As CNSNews reports, some banners read “ex-Muslim and proud,” “f--k Islamic homophobia,” and “Islamophobia is an oxymoron.”
Salman Farsi, a spokesman for the East London Mosque said his mosque's decision to file a complaint against CEMB was based on the belief the sign constituted a threat.
“We’ve raised a complaint with the co-chairs of the event [London Pride] that the group [CEMB] was inciting hatred against Muslims, and in particular to our good name, based on absolutely groundless reasons,” he told the Evening Standard.
“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,” he added.
Namazie countered the Imam's comments with a post on the ex-Muslim website saying, “...the East London mosque is merely using double-speak. Their supposed “track record for challenging homophobia” only seems to extend to white gay men in East London and never to Muslim and ex-Muslim LGBT or LGBT persecuted outside of Britain in countries under Sharia.”
She went on to explain that “the mosque is part and parcel of the Islamist movement. The East London Mosque (and its affiliate, the London Muslim Centre) share the ideology of the Jamaat-e-Islami – the Salafis of South Asia so their promotion of an Islamist worldview that imposes the death penalty for homosexuality, apostasy and blasphemy is business as usual.
Why are we inciting hatred by exposing their incitement to murder?”
A spokesman for London Pride commented on the issue stating, “While our parade has always been a home to protest, which often means conflicting points of view, Pride must always be a movement of acceptance, diversity and unity. We will not tolerate Islamophobia.”
Because heaven forbid Islam be fair game, just like Christianity is. The double standards are appalling.