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Thursday, 12 February 2009

Pink Triangle Trust speaks out on Wilders ban scandal

The gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) – under whose name this blog and its sister publication G&LH are published – had declared its strong opposition to the ban imposed by the UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith on the Dutch MP Geert Wilders entering Britain. In his film Fitna, Mr Wilders is highly critical of Islam. In a news release, the Trust says:

The PTT’s secretary George Broadhead said: “We maintain that in a free society anyone should have the right to criticise religion without being banned, dubbed racist or, even worse, threatened with death as the humanist author Salman Rushdie was over his book The Satanic Verses. As gay activist Peter Tatchell has been at pains to point out, Mr Wilders has never threatened violence towards Muslims.

“There can be no doubt from reading its holy books, the Qur’an and the Hadith, that Islam is a homophobic religion, which at worst has lead to the barbaric torture and murder of LGBT people in Islamic theocracies like Iran and Saudi Arabia. But it also oppresses women and is vehemently hostile to apostates and unbelievers like humanists.

“As the website the Skeptic’s Annotated Qur’an indicates, virtually every page is a manifesto for intolerance. It is chock-full of the dire punishments in store for those who don’t adhere to its beliefs.

“Those politicians who bend over backwards to portray Islam as a religion or tolerance and peace are either abysmally ignorant or deliberately ignoring the facts.

“Moreover, Jacqui Smith’s decision to ban Mr Wilders is in blatant contrast to her decision to allow Ibrahim Mousawi, chief spokesman of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, a militant Islamicist if ever there was one, to enter Britain last May – a clear example of double standards.”

Meanwhile, if you search on key words, you’ll find a lot happening. This ambassador is not happy, that politician is critical of Jacqui Smith, and so it goes on. This won’t go away in a hurry.

See our previous recent posts here, here, here and here.

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