Peter Tatchell invites people to join vigil for Orlando victims

Peter Tatchell invites people to join vigil for Orlando victims June 13, 2016

Londoners have organised a vigil tonight, beginning at 7pm, in honour of the victims of the horrific mass shooting at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida.
The vigil will take place on Old Compton Street, when bars will stop serving and invite people to take to the streets to hold hands and pay tribute to those who’ve been affected by the attack.
Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, will join tonight’s vigil. In a statement just emailed to me, he said:

There was always a possibility that Islamist extremists would target gay communities in the West, whether as lone attackers or via organised terrorist cells. They have a pathological hatred of LGBT people, and also of Jews, secularists and liberal Muslims.
This attack is a wake-up call to LGBT organisations and venues in the US, Britain and other Western countries to strengthen their vigilance. There is no room for the complacent and naïve belief that Islamist fanatics will confine their killing of gay people to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the light of this attack, security needs to be increased at the London LGBT Pride parade on 25 June, and at other events that could be targeted in the UK, such as those involving the Jewish community, secularists and ex-Muslims.

He added:

The Orlando attack is an extreme example of the violence that happens on a daily basis to LGBT people all over the world. Thousands are killed, maimed and hospitalised every year by violent homophobic assailants, ranging from individuals, gangs and mobs, to organised political and religious zealots. Millions of LGBT people – especially in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia – live in daily fear of being beaten and even killed.

George Broadhead, Secretary of the gay humanist charity, the Pink Triangle Trust, also sent me a short statement, saying that:

The religious motivation for the gay club gunman cannot be ignored as seems to be the case.
The attack is clearly another ghastly example of Islamic homophobia. Islamic holy texts, the Koran and the Haddith, clearly condemn homosexual practices and its sharia law provides for the most barbaric penalties. These are put into practice in Islamic theocracies like Iran and Saudi Arabia where gays are publicly beheaded, hanged and stoned. Five other Muslim countries also have the death penalty on their books. It seems that these indisputable facts are being ignored by those like the US President and the media for fear of offending Muslim sensibilities. 

Writing for The Spectator, Douglas Murray supports Broadhead’s insistence that the religion of the Orlando killer cannot be ignored.
One man who won’t be attending this or any other vigil for those affected by the tragedy is a US pastor called Steven Anderson, above.
According to this report, in a video message posted yesterday, Anderson reacted to the terrorist attack by happily announcing that:

There’s fifty less paedophiles in this world. These homosexuals are a bunch of perverts and paedophiles, that’s who was a victim here, a bunch of disgusting homosexuals at a gay bar.

The loon later added:

The good news is that at least fifty of these paedophiles are not going to be harming children anymore. The bad news is that a lot of the homos in the bar are still alive, so they’re going to continue to molest children and recruit people into their filthy homosexual lifestyle.

Anderson explained that he didn’t approve of the shooter’s actions … but only because he thinks the victims should have been put to death by the government.

These people all should have been killed anyway, but they should have been killed through the proper channels, as in, they should’ve been executed by a righteous government.

He said that gun owners and pastors are the real victims of the tragedy, predicting that the government will use the massacre as an opportunity to confiscate firearms, demonise Christians and outlaw hateful speech.

At the end of the day, Anderson said, the victims were on their way to an early death from AIDS and syphilis anyway.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Anderson report)

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  • Cali Ron

    Let’s all stand in solidarity against crimes against LGBT people as well as against Islamic terrorism and religion in general.
    As for Douglas Murray, what an incredibly stupid and hateful person he is. He is, of course a christian pastor and competing with Westboro Baptist Church for craziest christian leader. I don’t know where to begin responding to his comments since every single point he made was incorrect and ignorant. His knowledge of AIDs and sexual diseases is apparently 35 years old. Can he not see the irony on calling for the murder of LGBT people as being contrary to many christian teachings or the constitution. All LGBT are pedophiles? Has he not heard of the RCC? Gun owners and christians are the real victims? How many of them were killed or wounded? How would this event be used to demonize christians? What would outlawing hate speech have to do with it? Confiscate firearms in America? Islam is more likely to embrace gays than America is likely to confiscate weapons. He is clearly delusional. America, still number one in christian religious loons.

  • barriejohn

    Cali Ron: You mean Steven Anderson!

  • Broga

    Steve Anderson is not sane but he has a special kind of insanity. It is not the insanity that gets you sectioned although he fits some of the criteria for that. It is the insanity that is induced by religious belief which enables belief in the incredible and, in its extreme version, then goes on to savour the suffering and death of any sane person who disagrees.
    Some of that insanity infects anyone who genuinely believes what is in the bible and is taught by priests. Many, indeed most, priests and other religious people who purport to believe do not. How could they? If they did, and acted on their supposed beliefs, they could not survive in modern society. They cope by not thinking about what they claim to believe.

  • barriejohn

    This story appears on several sites now:
    Gays must die. That was the message that seemed to come from Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, an Iranian-born Muslim cleric and medical doctor in Britain who spoke in 2013 at Sanford’s Husseini Islamic Center — located just outside of Orlando, Florida. Now he says his words are being misconstrued.
    In a video of his speech that is recirculating now after the shootings the Pulse nightclub, Sekaleshfar said LGBT people should be “compassionately” put to death. “Death is the sentence,” Sekaleshfar said. “We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this. Death is the sentence. … We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it’s the same — out of compassion. Let’s get rid of them now.”
    The Islamic scholar was reportedly invited back to speak again this March.
    “I never gave the call to a death sentence,” he said.“I was explaining what Islamic law — in a country whose people democratically desired Islamic law to be exercised — states in relation to not homosexuals [sic], but rather in relation to when the act of anal copulation is executed in such an aforementioned public.”

  • Paul

    Understanding of difference.
    Be as to people as you would want them to
    be to you. It seems that all these are lacking in all religions.
    Let people think freely what they want to be within the confines of a civilised world where each of us is different but each of us are warmed by the same sun and wet by the same rains.
    And homosexuals don’t generally have sex with little boys or girls. As an example I don’t believe that when he was prosecuted Paul Gadd – Gary Glitter – was/is homosexual.

  • Cali Ron

    barriejohn: Thanks for that correction, I seem to have cut and pasted the wrong name.

  • Cali Ron

    “With homosexuals, it’s the same — out of compassion. ” What utter and complete rubbish. The only time killing somebody can be compassionate is when they are already dying and suffering severely. True compassion would be to rid the world of religion. Think of the lives saved.

  • barriejohn

    The Pope evidently couldn’t bring himself to use the word “gay” when referring to the attack:
    These people gradually become parodies of themselves.

  • Hardy

    If you want to see how the muslim mind is a convoluted constipated mess of perversions discriminations dogma and superstition the follow this link …
    Yes this is the stuff from the evil Farrokh Sekaleshfar published in a “reputable?”publication. That this kind of poison is transmitted in the uk is an absolute abdication of the responsibility to get the rabid pernicious evil of islam eradicated from the civilised world.

  • David Anderson

    Thankfully the bag of stinking puss that is Steven Anderson is no relation of mine.
    barriejohn; Sekaleshfar, a British medical doctor. I can’t even think of anything to say.

  • Badger

    David Anderson … I can think of something to say about Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, an Iranian-born Muslim cleric and medical doctor in Britain.

  • Badger

    I like mathematics – it does not enable people to use words to smarm and lie and deceive. So to the pious bigot who equate homosexuality with peadophilia I refer them to these two expressions
    Homosexual =\Peadophile
    Roman Catholic Priest =Peadophile
    Note =\ means DOES NOT EQUAL

  • barriejohn

    I think you’re all being a bit unkind about the learned cleric (Dr Farrokh Sekaleshfar). He only wants to see homosexuals executed “in a country whose people democratically desired Islamic law to be exercised”. How could anyone possibly object to that?
    Please take a close look at the photo of him here, and note especially the sign on the door!

  • Laura Roberts

    It sickens me that people try to distance religion from tragedies such as this one. Religions — especially the Abrahamic religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism– are behind homophobia at every level, from juvenile jokes up to this despicable massacre. There are plenty of passages in religious texts that condemn homosexuality implicitly or explicitly, and religious leaders need to own up to it and denounce those aspects of their religions.
    But they won’t, and therein lies their complicity in these vicious attacks.

  • Badger

    David Anderson … I can think of something else to say about Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, an Iranian-born Muslim cleric and medical doctor in Britain.
    This verminous toxic shitehawk is a British Citizen – we have laws against hate speech. So this horrid piece of excrement should be brought to trial and feel the weight of the law.
    Send him back to Iran without his British passport.

  • barriejohn

    If you’re wondering how an intelligent person can study science to the level necessary to obtain medical qualifications and still believe in primitive bullshit, then you need to take a look at this article which I came across recently:
    It starts out quite promisingly, and soon descends into pure farce!

  • Badger

    And watch this too … this is islam. Time to stop making excuses for religion. Say it as it is … Islam is a clear and present danger to civilisation.

  • Badger

    BJ – depressing beyond my ability to express how depressing. You have ruined my day by exposing me to that shite … thank you.

  • Broga

    Using God as an explanation or first cause solves nothing. It merely complicates because the question has to be answered, “Who or what created God?” and so on ad infinitum

  • Badger

    Ever flown Ryanair? I did once and will never again. But if you think Ryanair is bad then check this …

  • It takes one man to be Steve Anderson. It takes a congregation to keep him in the pulpit. It takes thousands more Christians in that city, millions more in the state and billions more in the world to do nothing, say not one word of disapproval, to let him and his congregation slide. This is why I criticize the ‘good Christians’ as well as the bigmouths and jerks. The bigmouths and jerks get replaced. Shame and reason their funding away and they are gone.
    But for Mr. Anderson a request: that he fly immediately to a nation that executes homosexuals and learn how they treat Christians too. Go on, brave man. Show us your powerful God protecting you. Please.

  • I don’t like any of this ‘shrine, candle and group-hugs’ business. I find it futile and kinda creepy. (It all began in 1997 with the death of The Princess of Tarts, didn’t it?) Better by far to round up all suspected Islamists and either deport them, intern them, or execute them for treason. Finally, I recommend that homosexuals need to man up and get a bit violent. It was violence after all that saved the survivors in the nightclub in Florida–the police shot the murderer.