I posted a while back on the "battle of the designated victims" between the Muslim community and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), whose magazine called Islam a 'barmy doctrine' and accused its adherents of 'unrestrained and irresponsible breeding', the sort of thing people used to say about Catholics not so long ago. Not the first ding-dong between Pink and Green, either.
I noted that Islam wasn't big on turning the other cheek and suggested that Christians might make a safer target.
Judging by their home page, GALHA have taken my advice to heart. And so have the Gaye Police Association.
"The Gay Police Association (GPA) is being investigated after it claimed a rise in homophobic attacks was due to religious belief.
An advert, showing a Bible next to a pool of blood under the heading "in the name of the father", appeared in a national newspaper's supplement.
Scotland Yard said the inquiry "centres on whether the advert constitutes a faith crime."
The GPA refused to comment while the matter was still under investigation.
The advert appeared in the Diversity supplement of the Independent newspaper on 29 June, two days ahead of the Europride gay and lesbian parade in London.
It stated: "In the last 12 months, the GPA has recorded a 74% increase in homophobic incidents, where the sole or primary motivating factor was the religious belief of the perpetrator.""
Alas I couldn't find the figures on their website - there's a surprise. But we are all well aware of the huge number of homophobic attacks carried out by Christians. Why, Rasputin himself has blamed his flock for provoking such assaults.
As a citizen, it's good to see that the police are so aware of the communities from which such crimes are most likely to spring. I'm sure that, whichever religion it was preaching hate against the GLBT community, they would not hesitate to picture the relevant holy book next to a pool of blood, complete with quote.
And as a Christian, it's good to see that they recognise that the practice of Christianity is not compatible with the practice of homosexuality. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for your belief. These guys certainly did.
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