Philly’s New Mayor Embraces the City’s Muslim Constituency~Will Islamic pride bury its LGBT predecessor?

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Mayor Cherelle Parker recently announced the creation of Muslim City Hall Day 2024. "Advertisements went out encouraging Muslim residents to join CAIR Philadelphia and EMGAGE PA for a day of lobbying at City Hall  “Make your voice heard by meeting with Elected Officials to advocate for policy issues that are important to Muslim Philadelphians,” the notice read.

Muslim City Hall Day 2024 takes place on June 10th, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

In March of this year, Mayor Parker also announced the appointment of the city’s first Director of Muslim Engagement, Quaiser Abdullah.

“…Dr. Abdullah’s appointment reflects our commitment to inclusivity and community-driven governance. "His expertise and dedication will play a crucial role in ensuring that the voices and concerns of Philadelphia’s Muslim residents are heard and valued,” Mayor Parker said in a statement.

As director of the Master of Science in Communication Management program at Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication, Abdullah, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, who resides in West Philadelphia, has been associated with Temple University since 2000.

As a member of the Muslim Students Association, he published a letter to Temple News in October 2009 condemning the appearance of Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, who had just produced a 15-minute film explaining why so many atrocities had been committed in the name of Islam.

Abdullah wrote that Wilders “touched on the concept of free speech, however, it came over as a mere ruse in an effort to spew his anti-Islam, anti-Muslim rhetoric." Free speech,” the then adjunct professor added, “is valued; however, free speech should not be used as an umbrella for hate speech."

“Muslims deplore when people who have political or social agendas use religion as an excuse for inflicting harm and pain on others,” he stated.

While Temple University refused to cancel Wilders’ speech as Muslim students demanded, during the Q and A he was heckled and berated severely by so many student activists that he chose to leave the stage.

The difference between 2009 and today is that Geert Wilders would never be invited to speak at Temple.

This is because Muslims are the city’s latest hot political concern. Keep in mind that for decades the city’s LGBT community fought for recognition—often to berating comments and heckles inside City Hall, yet when gay rights became de rigueur and mainstream and rainbow flags began to fly next to statues of William Penn, mayors couldn’t do enough to go one step further in proving to the formerly “underclass” citizens that it couldn’t do enough to affirm their rights.

Even as woke theories of “systemic racism,” the transgender and gender movements kept changing the rainbow flag—the multiple incarnations of the flag has turned it into an ugly kitchen table cloth—Islam as the next underclass to be venerated was gaining fast traction in the woke political mind.

A little show indicating this ballsy change occurred at Philadelphia’s June 2024 pride parade.

For years—decades even—the only protesters at pride parades in Philadelphia were evangelicals with Bibles on a mission to evangelize. But after the legalization of same-sex marriage and the mainstreaming of all things LGBT, those protests eroded. Yet on June 2, the date of the Philadelphia 2024 parade, Queers4Palestine executed a ‘coitus interruptus’ march that literally stopped the pride parade in its tracks.

Queers4Palestine and their cohorts, some in keffiyehs, leather straps and vests, shouted “PPD! KKK! IOF!” (Israel Occupation Force) while carrying the usual banners and slogans: “From the River to the Sea,” “Long live the Intifada!” and “No Pride, no genocide!”

Some international news reports cited the irony of left-wing intersectional politics having a physical blowout at a real intersection in downtown Philadelphia. Progressive news outlets were quick to lambaste the right for turning the incident into “a right wing meme,” as in, “Here’s another case of the left eating the left.”

The Philadelphia Gay News, while spelling out the obvious and perverse contradictions in a Queers4Palestine group– and rightfully praising Israel– nevertheless went on to say that LGBTQ+ rights were under attack in America.

“Currently, the LGBTQ+ community is fighting a backlash that wants to make us once again invisible,” the editorial stated. “In Florida and other states, they have passed the so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws. This is intended to keep us invisible. Pride keeps us visible. Your [Queers4Palestine] tactics do exactly what Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump want: "To make us invisible again at a time when our trans community — especially our trans people of color — are literally being killed.”

No mention of course that Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ laws apply to the teaching of sexual orientation and gender until the 12th grade, but not the teaching of LGBT history. Many have argued that Florida’s law came about because of abuses by gender activists who were trying to convince gay children that they were really transgender. Furthermore, so-called anti-trans laws do not involve restrictions or discrimination against adults who opt for transgender transition, but children and the rights of parents when it comes to this issue.

Unfortunately, since the transgender and gender ideology movements have hijacked the gay movement, “anti-LGBTQ+” has come to mean a lot of things that have nothing to do with being gay, such as the participation of biological men in women’s sports.

And yet according to LGBTQ+ “leaders,” to raise questions about these things—the use of pronouns, or the rights of parents when it comes to so called trans children—is tantamount to supporting the “hate” and backlash mentioned in the PGN editorial.

A new book addressing this issue, ‘Gay Shame; The Rise of Gender Ideology and the New Homophobia,’ by Gareth Roberts, makes the case for the reemergence of homophobia under the guise of gender ideology.

Publicity for the book states,

“The enforcers of this new creed insist that attraction to people of the same sex is hateful. They argue that effeminate men and butch women can’t just be gay, but must really be trans. Worse, this ideology has colonised the gay rights movement, capturing institutions like Stonewall and the gay press completely. Anyone who disagrees risks professional suicide.”

Although Queers4Palestine members would be ideal candidates for the psychiatrist’s couch, the PGN editorial goes further in the credibility-losing department when it states that Queers4Palestine “actually have something in common with Log Cabin Republicans.”

Yes, what you’ve just read is true: Log Cabin Republicans are just as bad as LGBTQ+ activists supporting Islamic terrorists who show their thanks by throwing gays off rooftops.

This is a tired, old PGN trope that supports the myth that gays who object to the various cultural manifestations of gender ideology, such as biological men in women’s sports, and the trans mutilation of children, are “self hating” individuals.

Which brings us back to the arguments presented in the book, “Gay Shame,” which calls for the birth of a new gay liberation movement, but one thoroughly divorced from gender and trans issues.

Regarding Philadelphia Pride 2025, by then the rainbow flag may be reconfigured yet again to include some sort of Palestinian motif; or the flags flying in June at City Hall will be Islamic and not rainbow, especially since the institution of Muslim Day, which is likely to grow like Gay Pride into a 30-day holiday, with both factions, LGBTQ and Muslim, competing—but the latter in a not-so-quiet Christian fundamentalist way– for intersectional dominance.

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