Double standards abound. Neither the anti-gay violence nor even the placard shown above would be tolerated of any other group in Britain. Denunciations would be swift and unequivocal. It would be a top news story. But even in the British media, this story has not been a high priority.
As noted in a prior report on Muslim vigilantism against gay Britons in Tower Hamlets, the fear of Islamophobia sets up an odd game of “rock, paper, scissors” among fashionable left-wing causes. We know the Islamic agenda trumps feminism, and apparently “Islamophobia-phobia” also outweighs actual acts of violence by Muslims against homosexuals in Tower Hamlets, even among the gay community.
That’s the idea, of course. All non-Muslim groups are expected to prefer collective suicide over the flimsy, inflated construct known as “Islamophobia,” whereby professional victims imply that all criticism of Islam is an act of hatred and is itself incitement to hate crimes.
Never mind that Muhammad called for the execution of homosexuals, and Sharia has prescribed some highly creative ways of carrying that out:
“Gay people should be thrown head first off high buildings and if not killed on hitting the ground, they should be then stoned to death.” – Minhaj al-Muslim (The Way of the Muslim)
When Muslims — the Ã¼ber-victims according to the “Islamophobia” sob story — are the ones committing the hate crimes, bewilderment ensues. And so does inaction. “Islamophobia or homophobia?” by Paul Burston for TimeOut, March 8:
“Homophobic violence is on the increase in Tower Hamlets. Why are people afraid to discuss it? […]
In the last few years there have been more and more reports of homophobic incidents in Tower Hamlets, often involving attacks on gay men by gangs of young Bangladeshis. In one case, a gay man was stabbed seven times and is now paralysed. When his Bangladeshi attacker was jailed, a gang stormed the George and Dragon pub, a popular haunt for the gay community. […]
Officially, the East London Mosque is opposed to homophobia. In a recent press release, Dilowar Khan, the mosque’s director, said: ‘We stand together with our fellow citizens against all forms of hatred, including homophobia.’ Yet the mosque has a history of hosting talks by homophobic preachers. The East London mosque told TO: ‘In the past there may have been lapses where a third party organiser who hired our facilities allowed their guest speakers to make comments that were not in line with the mosque’s own view. We have condemned such views that propagate hatred and intolerance. We now vet any speakers wishing to speak publicly at our venue.’
Despite fears of an increase in Islamophobia, there have been no reports anywhere of angry gays storming mosques or attacking Muslims. Instead, next month, there will be an East End Gay Pride event in the King Edward VII Memorial Park. In the meantime, it would be nice if we could all agree that the only people responsible for homophobic attacks are the perpetrators themselves, irrespective of their colour or religious beliefs. Sorry if that offends anyone.