Little Green Footballs

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Galloway anti-gay?

It certainly looks that way:

Grassroots members of George Galloway's left-wing Respect party have condemned as “unacceptable” the decision of the party leadership to exclude lesbian and gay rights from their manifesto for the general election earlier this year.

Respect MP George Galloway is now being asked to explain why his party dumped gay rights from its manifesto. Allegations abound that Respect's right-wing Islamist backers demanded the axing of gay rights as a condition of their electoral support for the party.

At Respect's annual conference on Sunday (20 November), delegates rebelled against party leaders who vetoed the inclusion of gay equality in the party's manifesto for the 2005 general election.

The victorious conference resolution 47 stated: “Conference regards it as unacceptable that our manifesto for the general election did not contain any reference to the defence of LGBT rights.”

From the conference platform, Respect leader Lindsay German, who is also a senior leader of the Socialist Workers Party, disparaged the resolution, claiming it had a "hidden agenda" and was moved in "bad faith."

According to veteran human-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell,
“Respect is in alliance with the right-wing, anti-gay Islamist group, the Muslim Association of Britain. Respect does not ally with liberal and left-wing Muslims.

“The MAB endorses the recreation of an Islamic Caliphate where Muslims would be subjected to the barbarism of Sharia law, which includes the execution of unchaste women, apostates and gay people.

“Respect has betrayed progressive Muslims, in favour of an alliance with Islamist conservatives and fundamentalists whose policies on gay and women's rights are even more reactionary than those of the despicable neo-Nazi BNP."

Some observers will undoubtedly point to the "Respect" fiasco as further evidence of collusion between anti-war leftists and Islamo-fascists.

Except for one thing: Tatchell is an anti-war leftist. But he refuses to be bound by any preconceived notions about what leftists, or gay people, or war opponents are "supposed" to believe. And his characterization of ultra-religious Muslims as "right-wing" is bound to make many "anti-idiotarians" uncomfortable, if not apoplectic. But as far as we're concerned, it's spot-on.

Keep digging:
Doug Ireland


adultmalebluegrouse said...

OT here, but I just Visited OSMorg and I noticed there hasnt been a new post in the errors/corrections page in over two whole days.
Thats really odd. They usually have retractions at least twice a day.

Are they on vacation or something or is the site down?

Just askin.

Ed M. said...

It's nothing but a clumsy smear.