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Russian People Back Charging Gay-Hate Grand Mufti ::

Reported by Trackitdown TID on May 4, 2006

A new opinion poll of Russians has revealed that 49% think authorities should prosecute Russian Muslim leader Talgat Tadjuddin after the Grand Mufti complained about Gay Pride celebrations and talked of ‘killing homosexuals’.


“The parade should not be allowed, and if they still come out into the streets, then they should be bashed,” the influential Mufti told Interfax news agency in February, “Sexual minorities have no rights, because they have crossed the line. Alternative sexuality is a crime against God,” he decreed.


The poll findings emerged as Pride organisers vowed to go ahead with the Parade despite not having permission from city authorities.


“We plan to hold our procession on Saturday, May 27, roughly at 3:00pm” said coordinator Nikolai Alexeyev this week, “Right after the end of a conference to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, which will take place at Moscow’s Swiss Hotel.”


The poll of 1,600 Russians revealed that majorities of all religious groups except Muslims condemned the cleric’s remarks though 42% of Muslims also thought he should be prosecuted, a fact that reflected the experiences of Skrufff’s man in New York Larry Tee, who’s also a frequent visitor to Moscow.


“Cruising zones are quite common for Muslim men but it is always dangerous for foreigners to visit these spots because even if the rules are overlooked for the locals who need release, foreigners have often gotten caught and persecuted,” said Larry.


“In Moscow, the gay clubs seem to be very much in line with the feeling of the rest of the city: capitalism with the face of Lenin. Outrageous gay-ness is very rare and seems to be avoided just in case communism or fascism returns,” he added.


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