In response to Caroline Farrow: Orlando horror demonstrates that radical Islam and LGBT rights are diametrically opposed, Stuart Beaker wrote:
In the wake of Orlando, the leaders of the LGBT communities had an opportunity to give back to mainstream society something of the acceptance and solidarity that they have spent the last three decades in battering out of it. They could have said they stood solidly for all victims of terrorism, whatever part of society they came from.
They rejected that opportunity.
Instead, they used the horror and outrage of that attack as a platform to grandstand a spurious attack on the rest of the society that now, by and large, accepts them. They consciously chose to mainline a hysterical rant against homophobia when they should have known from bitter experience that plain honesty demanded a complaint against the Islamic extremism that probably engendered the slaughter; not an endlessly nurtured grievance against the soft target of an endlessly permissive host society.
They have betrayed their friends at the crucial moment – no, not their LGBT ‘community’, but the vastly greater society which, with no shared leanings whatsoever, is indeed prepared to lean over backwards to include them in that dispensation of tolerance by right, and respect where earned.
Shame on them, those leaders, activists and speakers. They divide their society yet again, and they are a disappointment. They should start to earn respect, not demonstrate mere pride. Like the rest of us.