Photo: Facebook/Queer Space Belfast
The ever forward march of equality has it's opponents. Take Paul Givan of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland. He's got the hump over a bakery being ordered to pay compensation for discriminating against a gay couple who simply wanted a cake baked for their marriage. He says it's "bullying".
Givan wants to exempt religious people from "equality legislation":
“We now are heading towards a community where it’s not just about live and let live – people are now saying, ‘you need to affirm my particular lifestyle and if that goes against your conscience, you have to do that’.
“That’s not equality; that’s intolerance.”
In other words, bigots are entitled to remain bigots and exclude those they do not approve of from their public businesses.
Givan thinks this would be "equality" by "pandering to individual consciences".
So those little notices that used to appear in lodging houses with the words "No Blacks, No Irish, No dogs" will re-appear with "No poofta's" one assumes.
I don't think he understands the concept of equality at all.
Neither does Medhi Hassan.
He wants to establish what in effect becomes a "Muslim Censorship Board" since he doesn't like or approve of the "demonising" of the "religion of peace" or some of it's more charming aspects and supporters that get negative press coverage.
According to the PC brigades paper of choice he says of press coverage that it is:
“dangerous and counter-productive [...] because it increases alienation, [...] and it also confirms the extremist narrative, the Islamist narrative that there is some kind of inevitable clash between the West and all of the Muslims living in the West, that there can never be any kind of reconciliation, that there is always going to be some kind of war between Muslims and non-Muslims.”
Somehow I think he needs to have a word in the ear of members of his community that seem to loudly proclaim "Islam will Rule the World" and support the establishment of a Caliphate even in the UK. Was that a placard saying "Non-Muslims can go to hell" we saw the supporters of Anjem Choudary carry on a demo?
If the "barriers and alienation" he refers to are to be broken down it's not going to be by suppressing free speech (though he denied this in a later statement) it is only going to happen if the Muslim community starts integrating in wider society.
The infiltration of schools by extremists has gone on for years until finally it was exposed this year. Political correctness helped cover up child abuse in Rotherham by men of what particular community was it again.
Of course the majority of abusers in this country are not Muslim, but the point is the establishment was afraid to deal with it because of their fear of being labelled "racist".
Islam is NOT a race. Like all religions it is a made up theology of superstitious nonsense.
Not that I'm even supposed to say that.
Islamophobia would be the cry.
There are plenty of laws already in place to deal with unfair press coverage. We don't need more legislation.
No religion, philosophical or political viewpoint can be exempt from criticism.