Damian Thompson

Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble

Swedish nationalists plan a gay pride march through a Muslim area, hoping for trouble
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I haven't seen this reported in the press anywhere, but in Sweden the right-wing nationalist Sweden Democrats are staging a gay pride march featuring men kissing each other. Why?

Simple: the July 29 march will pass through areas of northern Stockholm where Muslims make up a majority of the population – 75 per cent, according to some accounts. So there will be trouble.

Which is the whole point of the exercise. The Sweden Democrats won 13 per cent of the vote in the 2014 general election and have 49 per seats in parliament on an anti-Muslim manifesto. The Guardian calls them 'far-Right', though the party claims to have moved away from its fascist roots. The SD are still opponents of the 'homosex lobby' but have now decided gay rights are threatened by Swedish Muslims.

That happens to be true. This is from the anti-Muslim website Blazing Cat Fur:

Gay pride parades in Europe generally don’t go anywhere near Muslim areas, for obvious reasons. In Nørrebro, Copenhagen (where only 30% of the population are Muslim, as opposed to the more than 75% in the Swedish areas), gay pride parades learned the hard way not to tread within Islamic strongholds. Formerly, there was a large gay pride parade that went through Nørrebrogade (the main high street of the area). Gays would take stones to the head every year from Muslims, so they re-routed. If gays are attacked in an area that’s only 30% Muslim, just imagine what will happen in an area that’s over 75% Muslim. There is a 100% chance that the gays marching through Tensta and Husby will be attacked, maybe even fatally – and, when they’re attacked, feminists and gay rights activists will be siding with the Muslims who are attacking them.

So the gays are siding with members of a religion that despises them, while the nationalists are pretending to celebrate a 'lifestyle' they abhor.

All of which goes to show that in international politics, as in religion, homosexuality is now the most divisive single issue of all. Much to the dismay of liberals, non-Western people, however globalised, show no signs of modifying their distaste for same-sex practices. Indeed, in many countries Islam is persecuting gay people with renewed vigour. (Read about what's happening in Malaysia.) The West, by contrast, has changed its mind on the topic with bewildering speed.

The Sweden Democrats think they've struck gold with marches designed to provoke Muslims into throwing stones at homosexuals and force Left-wing gays into defending their oppressors. It's an ingeniously cynical stunt. But I'll be interested to see how many gay people are prepared to take part in it.