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'Muslim Patrol' Vigilantes Harass Gays in East London: VIDEO


London's LGBT community has expressed concern about a couple of incidents in which self-appointed "Muslim Patrols" have harassed gays in East London. Last week two men were arrested in connection with the incidents but a new video posted to YouTube is doing little to alleviate concerns, the BBC reports:

In the latest video, a man is approached in Whitechapel and asked: "Don't you know this is a Muslim area? What's wrong with your face? Why are you dressed like that for? You're walking through a Muslim area dressed like a fag, mate. You need to get out of here quicker. You're dirty mate. Look at your shoes. Get out of here you fag... Don't stay around here any more."

Stonewall said: "YouGov polling for Stonewall shows that every year one in eight lesbian and gay people are the victim of crimes or harassment simply because they are gay. We urge victims of all homophobic crimes and incidents to report them to the police and for the police to take action to protect gay people from these disturbing crimes."

Scotland Yard responded to the original footage posted saying: "We are aware of incidents over the weekend of 12/13 January where a small group of people had harassed members of the public, and of YouTube videos showing this. "In response to this incident officers on duty are being briefed as to what has occurred and what to be on the look out for."

Watch the clip, AFTER THE JUMP...

In 2011, arrests were made in East London over stickers declaring the area a "gay free zone" and warning that "Allah is severe in punishment".

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  1. Islam IS an intolerant religion full of violence toward anyone different, and I say this as an Arab gay. I love white Manhatten liberal gays. They live in this fantasy of tip toeing around everything. My entire family and our family friends growing up were muslim.... If you could hear some of the things they said about gays, you'd not only be disturbed, you'd be frightened. And my families not even THAT heavily muslim. Those who are truly believe gays are the devil and must be destroyed. That may not sound so peachy and rose colored glasses, but sometimes you gotta know who your enemies are. 90% of my family doesn't know I'm gay because they would literally violently hurt me if they knew. Yes, islam and many muslims DO hate gays.

    Posted by: Amir | Jan 23, 2013 6:19:45 AM

  2. Amir brings up a good point. We're not allowed to judge religious people, even though the religions they practice is a belief they chose. Not an innate trait. So if someone chooses to align themselves with a belief that supports many negative aspects- we're not allowed to look unfavorably on them?

    There may be a few good things that come out of organized religion, but there's also many bad things and this notion of agreeing with everyone's religious views, because somehow as a society we decided to treat religion as sacred, is so flawed to me.

    Religion is a choice. And when you act in a militant manner in the name of your religion, both you and your religion are fair game for criticism.

    Posted by: Duration & Conexity | Jan 23, 2013 6:24:09 AM

  3. Wait, hold up............... We judge Mormons all the time on here (rightfully so, often) why are Muslims immune to detractors?
    Because Islam is so tolerant toward gays?

    Posted by: USC Trojans Fan | Jan 23, 2013 6:26:25 AM

  4. In some parts of Europe, unlike the states where you all are witnessing a gradual mental shift in attitudes in favor of gay rights, it's kind of going backward here. There's less and less tolerance of LGBT and a lot of it is due to immigration from very religious parts of the middle east and Northern Africa. And for those saying they were all born here. That just says you're not living in Europe. No, many immigrated. No one's against all immigration, but if the migration we witness is at the cost of the safety of an entire demographic like LGBT, that community has a right- if not duty- to respond to it. And say that if you do move here, learn to aculturate with the tolerant views.

    Posted by: BritishGayBay | Jan 23, 2013 6:31:28 AM

  5. This is going on in Holland as well. Sadly as most feel, send them BACK where they have NO FREEDOM! Most of the clowns born out of their native element have no idea how good they have it! There are as many Gay muslims as there are non-muslims, they need to get over themselves!

    Posted by: billmiller | Jan 23, 2013 7:28:16 AM

  6. Religion is evil, and Islam is the worst of them all. These apes have been arrested now.

    Posted by: danswon | Jan 23, 2013 7:33:55 AM

  7. The English Defence League were not responsible for the "Gay Free Zone" stickers. An Asian man was arrested and prosecuted for posting those stickers.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Jan 23, 2013 7:44:55 AM

  8. I live in London. It's bad. Not 'we'll just have to deal' kind of bad, but a culture war with people immigrating here and demanding we change our openness in our culture based on their refusal to adjust with the culture of the country they moved to. It's going to take the gay community making a collective statement and loudly so, for this to change. As it stands, people can hide behind their religion an background and think they can pull the race card. Well, guess what? We'll pull the gay card and call you out for your bigotry. And push is coming to shove here.

    Posted by: Collin | Jan 23, 2013 7:59:03 AM

  9. To Michael, who said "Go Back to Your Own Country...???' Sorry, but it's THEIR Country once enough of them move in."

    If that's true for Muslims in England, is it also true for Jews in the West Bank?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Jan 23, 2013 8:00:38 AM

  10. @ Paul R

    I'd be more willing to find your argument credible and objective if in an earlier thread, coincidentally also involving religious intolerance toward gays, you didn't seem completely flippant toward the firing of a gay ally by a religious entity.

    Your response to a man getting fired by a religious based company because of his support for our LGBT was essentially: "why would someone non religious work for a religious based company?" THAT was your initial reaction to a story so emotionally rooted. You all but excused discrimination when it involves a gay ally, and actually question the motives of the gay ally, and give a free pass to the religious narrative. Moreover, ignoring the fact that many people in this sensitive economy don't have the luxury to work anywhere they desire and have to take any job made available to them. As for not working in a faith based company, move to the south! Most companies are vocally faith based.

    For someone trying to paint yourself as a fair voice of reason for everyone to respect one another, you sure were dismissive of the gay angle of a recent story and chose to only see things from the lens of a religious entity. That spoke volumes about where you yourself come from.

    And that couple with your commentary here, and I think you're just resentful to LGBT and their allies expressing their convictions and being reactionary at all.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jan 23, 2013 8:07:05 AM

  11. If a group of gay people created a "gay patrol" attacking (insert) segment of population, every single last comment on here would bash the entire gay community, rip apart every gay person, and make all kinds of blanket statements against gay people. Seen it more times than I can count.

    Posted by: 2 Dads | Jan 23, 2013 8:12:54 AM

  12. 99% of religions are a Cancer on EVOLVING into the 21st century.......amazinig aint it, that these Muslum Thugs...go around doin this crap...Im sure they wouldn't like it - IF a Group of Anti-Muslums went around threaening them......they make me sick

    Posted by: disgusted american | Jan 23, 2013 8:16:30 AM

  13. @ 2 Dads
    your post was brutally honest and incredibly accurate. The double standard observed on this site is so dang amusing.

    Posted by: Duration & Convexity | Jan 23, 2013 8:16:46 AM

  14. 2 Dads:
    Amen!!! Someone said it!!!

    observe any old post on here with a gay individual who done something wrong and 80% of the comments will be about making negative sweeping generalizations about allllll gays, with ignorant comments to back them up. and aint no on stepping in those times and saying said posters shouldn't be throwing us all under the bus based on the actions of a few. people let it slide or join in on the gay bashfest. now any other minority group doing shady things and we're told to treat each people as individuals, and how they don't represent the entire community. Oh really? so then next time there's a story about a gay porn star catching AIDS remember that when y'all go and bash the crap out of all gays. the self loathers are only capable to sympathize for other groups.

    Posted by: M.J | Jan 23, 2013 8:23:11 AM

  15. My Dad is from Lebanon and Muslim, my Mom is Puerto Rican and Catholic. I can't comment on everyone in those backgrounds, but based on my experiences, there's a good deal of homophobia in both religions. At the end of the day, it's religion at the problem of so much ignorance. But to say there isn't a correlation between some religions and intense homophobia is just silly. I'm the biggest democrat you'll ever meet (I'm a gay multicultural mutt- how could I not be) but I'm also a realist and refuse to stiffle change because of a silly desire for political correctness. It's via acknowledging where there needs to be room for improvement and by whom, before you can make change happen. Pretending things don't exist for fear of offending or burrying head in the sand is lame. I know I made the changes in my family by acknowledging there was a problem with ignorance and lack of free thinking with my Catholic and muslim relatives, and it was through starting an honest convo about that with them that we could have an open dialogue. Glossing over it doesn't help no one.

    Posted by: NYer | Jan 23, 2013 8:30:35 AM

  16. The worst religion is the religion that others try to press you into believing. When they think what is right for them is right for you. When they think their religion is an absolute truth rather than a guide for self-development.

    It never works and it has left deep, deep scars on innocent people and through the pages of history.

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Jan 23, 2013 9:11:24 AM

  17. Anti-gay attitudes is WORSE in non-western societies, almost without exception. I laugh when I hear 'progressives' complain about how bad western [North American, western European] are, especially of course the U.S., when it comes to being gay, how intolerant, and so-on. Then they need to follow the 'progressive' narrative and ALWAYS blame 'right-wing nationalist', 'white supremacist' or some other bogeyman [NEWSFLASH: IN no western country, U.S. included, is 'right-wing fascist nationalism' a major problem, neither is white supremacists, who're very small in numbers]but ALWAYS refuse to criticize ANY 'minority' group, who they like to portray as alway being oppressed by white [males], cowering in their homes at night for fear of being randomly beaten up by roving gangs of white guys. The truth is most non-westerners are in general very anti-gay, and many 'oppressed' so-called minority sub-cultures within the U.S. and other western countries are very anti-gay, even worse than the average southern evangelical Christian. But the truth doesn't fit the 'progressive' narrative.

    And Whitechaple is definitely a Muslim dominated neighborhood, in case anyone was wondering.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 23, 2013 9:38:24 AM

  18. 'The dirty secret is that the British are horrible at controlling street crime. There may be no guns but there's plenty of disorderly conduct, petty theft and assault, mostly because they have few police in many areas and there are gangs, organized crime and lots of poverty. They also don't jail a lot of the petty criminals, since that's too expensive, either.'

    --------Very well said. Yes, England and the UK do have A LOT of 'petty' street crime, including assaults. In my opinion from experience it's actually worse there than it is even in the average U.S. city. There's a huge amount of generalized anti-social 'hooliganism' type of behavior, people harassed , beaten up. It's especially bad on weekends, and like I said it's actually worse comparably than the U.S. But their government and police keep a tight lid on real crime statistics, they low ball figures, don't report accurately on things like assaults, even intimidate citizens from reporting crime. But yes, as we all known, they have few murders with *guns*. It's pretty clever fudging of crime statistics: murder rates really can't be fudged, they are the most accurate of all crime statistics...but every other crime statistic is easy to fudge, low ball and alter to make yourself look good, or to lower over-all crime rates on paper. British police do have their murder rate under control, especially their 'gun crime' rate, but everything else is out of control.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 23, 2013 9:46:47 AM

  19. NYER,

    thanks for you thoughtful comment. The problem that those of us who are labeled "politically correct" or "knee jerk liberals" have with those who criticize whole groups of people (Muslims, Arabs, Africans, etc) is that they tend to have this attitude about their own superiority. They think they are better and intellectually superior than those "not like them". Often they are nothing but a bunch of bigots--no better than the people they are criticizing. The only thing that stops them from committing acts of violent bigotry are laws enacted by the very "liberals" they despise.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 23, 2013 10:01:37 AM

  20. I'm heartened to read such thoughtful comments (Francis, Dan B, Joe, etc.) in the midst of the racist drivel I've sadly come to expect from commenters on this site.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Jan 23, 2013 10:27:55 AM

  21. @Gwynethcornrow,

    'Racist Drivel'? Do you mean anybody who says anything negative about SOME members of an 'oppressed' so-called minority group? But I bet it's OK in your book to make sweeping generalizations and talk smack about, oh I don't know, white males, about 'Irish' people, or 'Germans', or WASP, etc.? Because as we all know those 'Nordic' people are all racist and bigots and are oppressing 'brown' people. At least that's what hardcoew 'progressives' say.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 23, 2013 10:36:47 AM

  22. Wow! The racists have totally taken over Towleroad today. Many of the comments here are absolutely disgusting.

    Posted by: Nick Name | Jan 23, 2013 10:37:14 AM

  23. @ Bill Of course the Muslim officials denounce this sort of thing. That's the game. They denounce it and claim that Islam is "a religion of peace" while all but the blind and deaf clearly take in what is actually happening. It's rather like CAIR claiming to be hard working Americans and students (exactly how old must you be to stop identifying as a student?) while sending money to the jihad groups which ultimately supports killing Americans and Israelis.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 10:56:15 AM

  24. @ Nick Name

    "Wow! The racists have totally taken over Towleroad today. Many of the comments here are absolutely disgusting."

    Islam is a religious, economic, and political philosophy as well as a symbol of worldwide oppression. It's not a race.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jan 23, 2013 11:15:20 AM

  25. My UK patrol area is anywhere where the smelly, unwashed MUSSERS follow these rules: No stupid looking beards, wash before you leave the house of 500 relatives, oh.....and if you don't like it jog on and take that fat f**k Qatada with you!!!

    Posted by: Minky | Jan 23, 2013 11:33:04 AM

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