Perhaps our memory is playing tricks, but Scrapbook can’t recall seeing any pride flags at English Defence League events. Yesterday, however, saw EDL joint-leader Tommy Robinson (above) casting himself as an unlikely ally of the LGBT community.
Interviewed by Sky News about a prospective ban on the visit of Muslim-hating pastor Terry Jones to the UK, Robinson cited regular trips to Britain by homophobic Islamist preachers and asked “is free speech only for muslims?”
We have preachers of hate flying into thie country regularly – week in, week out – promoting homophobia, homophobic views, anti-democratic views, just promoting hatred.
One problem: you can’t criticise others for being anti-gay when the person you’ve invited to these shores is, erm, a massive homphobe:
In March, Jones’ so-called Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Florida posted a YouTube video which decried the possibility of an openly-gay mayor and a lawn sign saying, “No Homo Mayor”. A month later, his congregation participated in a joint protest against homosexuality with the Westboro Baptist Church, a group known for disrupting the funerals of American soldiers.
Perhaps Pastor Jones can join the other nutters by protesting at Wootton Bassett?