What’s more, in asking the UK Home Office to ban members of the loony Phelps family from Topeka, Kansas, from protesting at a production of The Laramie Project in Basingstoke tomorrow, LGBT Labour actually cites the banning of the Dutch politician Geert Wilders last week, when he had been invited by members of the House of Lords to show his anti-Koran film Fitna.
Well, I can’t speak for my fellow bloggers, but I for one say let the bloody nutjob Phelpses come and protest. If they look like breaking the law and actually causing a public nuisance, that is the time for the authorities – in the form of the police – to pounce. And what is an LGBT organisation – which ought to know better – doing seeming to applaud the banning of Wilders, who has been showing up with his film some of the atrocious things Muslims are told to get up to by their Dark Ages scriptures?
As I and many others have said many times, once you begin to curb free speech just because you don't like what's being said, it's only a matter of time before someone's curbing yours. So grow up, LGBT Labour!
Pink News tells us:
In a letter to Immigration Minister Phil Woolas, LGBT Labour co-chair Simon Wright referred to the Home Office decision to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam from entering the UK because he would harm community relations.
"As the government refused entry to the UK to Geert Wilders last week, it is hoped that the same laws can also be used to prevent this family from entering the UK to spread their hated of homosexuality," said Mr Wright.
The fact that the nutjobs are unlikely to show up, anyway – having threatened to picket in Australia, Canada and Sweden in the past and been nowhere in sight – is neither here nor there.
Shame on LGBT Labour. But, then, they are New Labour.
Meanwhile, best of luck to the actors at that school theatre who are putting on this play. Or, as they say, break a leg!