‘Stop homophobic Islamophobic preacher from entering Britain’

Donald Trump and Franklin Graham

This photo shows United States President Donald Trump with one of his fundamentalist right-wing religious supporters, the preacher Franklin Graham, son of preacher Billy Graham.

By Katharine Swindells in Britain:

MPs are trying to ban anti-gay preacher Franklin Graham from entering the country

10th December 2017, 3:50 PM

An invitation to evangelical preacher Franklin Graham to speak at an event in Blackpool has sparked huge backlash.

A number of MPs, including a [Conservative] government minister, are pushing the home secretary to refuse Graham UK entry.

They argue that his anti-gay and Islamophobic remarks constitute hate speech, breaking British law.

A petition against him being granted a visa has already collected over 6,500 signatures.

Graham, who spoke at Trump’s inauguration, has previously said that gay people are causing a “moral 9/11”.

He has also said that gay people are the enemy and should be thrown out of church, and that LGBT activists help ‘sexual predators and perverts’.

“As a Christian and as a leader of a church that particularly welcomes LGBT people, I’m horrified that other local churches are inviting someone with this record of hate speech,” Nina Parker, petition organiser and pastor at Liberty church in Blackpool, told the Guardian.

In addition to homophobia, Graham has called Islam “an evil and very wicked religion,” linking all Muslims to extremist groups such as ISIS.

Parker says there was an “enormous amount of protest from Christians in the north-west,” against Graham’s planned appearance at the Lancashire Festival of Hope, at Blackpool Winter Gardens next September.

Paul Maynard, Conservative Blackpool MP and a minister at the Department of Transport, has been among those calling on Amber Rudd to stop Graham’s entrance into the country.

Gordon Marsden, Labour MP for Blackpool South has joined him, saying Graham’s views are “incompatible with what Jesus said in the Bible”.

“I think frankly the evidence is piling up that his visit to the UK … would not be a good thing and not probably in my view a very Christian thing”, he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Afzal Khan, a Labour MP who has worked for the Home Office on race relations and preventing extremism, expressed concerns to the Guardian about Graham sowing division.

“His views are not welcome, and I will make representation to the home secretary if it looks like he is intent on coming.”

The Blackpool festival is organised by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA), of which Franklin Graham is president and CEO and is being supported by a number of Anglican clergy and churches in the Blackpool area.

Blackpool vicars Andrew Sage and Tracy Charnock are calling on the bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson to condemn Graham’s views.

I have good relations with Muslims and gay people in my parish, and everyone is welcome at the church where I’m the parish priest”, Sage said.

“This is not in my name, and I’d like the bishop to distance himself from it.”

A Tory MP invited an Islamophobic extremist to Parliament. Anti-racism groups are outraged: here.

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court denied a request to hear the case of a female security guard, Jameka Evans, who alleges employment discrimination because of her homosexuality. The high court’s refusal to hear the case leaves the ruling from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, against Evans, in place: here.


Dutch Cold War homophobia history

This 5 August 2017 video is about the Canal Parade during the Amsterdam Pride.

During the 1950s, there was Cold War homophobia in Britain, in Canada and also in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio:

The municipality of Amsterdam refused to employ gay people in the nineteen fifties

Today, 11:42

The municipality of Amsterdam investigated in the nineteen fifties whether applicants were gay. This is evident from so-called ‘homo lists’ found in the city archives. If it was decided by civil servants that someone was homosexual, then that person did not get a job at the municipality.

A committee of five municipal officials examined a person’s moral behavior at the time. Whether a job applicant was homosexual was examined, among other things, by interrogating neighbors and friends. Applicants were also asked questions about their orientation.


“When you look back, you wonder what those people were doing”, said researcher Eric Heijselaar of the Amsterdam City Archives in the NOS Radio 1 News. He found the lists by chance. “They go deeply into people’s privacy and that is shameful.”

The lists were found last year. …

Not only LGBTQ people were barred by the municipality of Amsterdam. Family members or friends could also be refused. “They asked whether the mother of a man who went to homosexual environments was still suitable for a job at the municipality,” says Heijselaar.

The City Archives suspects that other municipal archives also have such lists. The association for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people COC wants an investigation into the treatment of homosexuals by the municipality of Amsterdam.

Especially police driving force of Amsterdam 1950s homophobia: here.
In 1962, ‘liberal’ Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland still wrote sympathetically about ‘curing’ gay people by torturing them.

Canadian Cold War homophobia, apology at last

This video says about itself:

Homophobia remains pervasive in Canadian sports

9 May 2015

New study suggests anti-gay attitudes are deterring young people from being active in some athletic fields.

Click here for the full story.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Canadian apologies for homophobia in Cold War years

Today, 10:57

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has apologized to the LGBT community in his country for the hostile treatment of homosexuals in the government during the Cold War.

The prime minister focused mainly on civil servants, soldiers and police officers who were harassed or sacked between the end of the Second World War and the early 90s because of their sexual orientation. …

So, the governmental homophobia continued even when the Soviet Union did not exist any more.

From 1950, government employees who were thought to be gay were monitored and questioned on the orders of the Canadian government. In 40 years, thousands of them have been fired or intimidated so that they left themselves. The witch hunt – in the words of Trudeau – followed from the assumption that gays were more sensitive than others for blackmail by the enemies of Canada. …

Interest groups for LGBT rights have long requested rehabilitation of those involved and have now responded with relief to Trudeau’s apologies.

Unfortunately, quite some of the victims are dead by now.

Turkish regime bans all LGBTQ expressions

2016 LGBTQ protest in Istanbul, Turkey, against ban on a Transgender Pride the day before. EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

All LGBT events in Ankara are banned

Today, 14:02

In Ankara, all LGBT events have been banned indefinitely. The governor of the city says that many residents of the Turkish capital are disturbed by expressions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.

How many residents exactly, Mr Governor? I suspect mainly just one resident: right-wing President Erdogan, who had his expensive presidential palace built in Ankara illegally.

The ban also includes theater performances, film screenings, exhibitions and panel discussions. On Wednesday, a gay film festival in Ankara had already been banned …

Homosexuality is not punishable in Turkey … However, homosexuals are often faced with hostility and discrimination.

Homophobia, racism in Dutch army

This video from the USA says about itself:

Invisible Wounds: Life after military sexual assault and PTSD | Veterans Coming Home

15 June 2016

Stacey Thompson was proud to be a woman in the Marines. But after she reported being sexually assaulted by her sergeant she was given an “other than honorable” discharge that left her without military benefits. Struggling with PTSD, Stacey waged a decade-long battle to regain her health and military honors. The military eventually acknowledged its mistake and upgraded her discharge. Mosaic art and writing help Stacey work through her PTSD and share her experience with civilians.

De Telegraaf is a right-wing Dutch daily. Usually, they are pro-militarist.

Eg, on today’s front page they are happy that the new right-wing Dutch government plans to spend even more on wars … sorry, I should use the euphemism ‘defence’ … than they already intended. Obedience to the United States Trump administration and NATO.

However, on page 3 of that same Telegraaf of today is an article which makes one doubt whether so much should be spent on wars and armed forces fighting them.

It says (translated):

Homosexual Royal Military Academy cadet victim of sexist harassment

By Olof van Joolen

Updated Today, 12:15

After the abuse and harassment affair at the Airmobile Brigade, another army unit is again discredited because of misconduct during hazing. At the Royal Military Academy where the future defense culture is determined, a homosexual cadet sounds the alarm.

In the interview that cadet tells that during hazing at that school for army officers in Breda, he was humiliated much more harshly than white heterosexual colleagues, as he was gay and looked Asian. Eg, he was forced to wear a ‘funny’ ‘Chinese’ hat. Then, he was ordered to speak Chinese. ‘I do not speak that language’. ‘Of course you do! Ching chong Chinaman! Ching chong Chinaman!’

Breda daily De Stem writes today (translated):

He had to walk with a pillow under his shirt like he had female breasts, was forced to simulate in the Great Hall that he had an orgasm and had to wear a pink beret.

Azerbaijan dictatorship’s mass persecution of LGBTQ people

This video from Germany says about itself:

20 January 2017

22 January is National Day against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in Azerbaijan. After the suicide of LGBT activist Isa Shahmarli on the 22nd of January in 2014, the LGBT community commemorates this day to remember all LGBT people who became victims of homophobia, biphobiaa, and transphobia.

President of Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance Javid Nabiyev organized a demo in front of the Azerbaijani embassy in Berlin and presented to both the Azerbaijan president and parliament our demands regarding adoption of hate crime, hate speech, and anti-discrimination laws in the Azerbaijan parliament.

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Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘Razzias against homosexual and transgender people in Azerbaijan

The authorities in Azerbaijan have raids against homosexual and transgender people in the capital Baku. That say arrested persons from the LGBTQ community, their lawyer and activists to newspaper The Guardian. Dozens of members of the LGBTQ community are said to have been arrested in what their lawyer calls “systematic and widespread raids.”

Homosexuality is not illegal in Azerbaijan, but it is not accepted at all. In no other country in Europe, things are worse for gay rights, according to research by the international LGBTQ organization ILGA.

The dictatorship in Azerbaijan violates not only LGBTQ rights, but many other human rights as well.

This dictatorship is buddies with NATO countries’ fossil fuel corporations and their political associates, because of oil and gas.

This dictatorship is buddies with NATO countries’ hawkish generals and hawkish chickenhawks, because of plans for war on Russia and/or on Iran.