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Верховный муфтий Центрального управления мусульман России призвал к
погромам в связи с гей-парадом в Москве
Mufti Talgat Tajuddin: “This is neither a
democracy, nor an anarchy. This is the end of history. This is
abhorrent to God and man”.
MOSCOW, February 15, 2005 (GayRussia.ru) –
Russian Muslims could arrange serious protest actions if representatives of “sexual
minorities” try to stage a Gay Pride parade later in Moscow in May,
according to Interfax news agency following an outburst from an extremist
“Protests of Muslims can be even sharper than those
abroad against scandalous cartoons”, the Supreme Mufti of the Central
Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Russia, Talgat Tajuddin, told
Interfax on Tuesday.
“The parade should be allowed in no circumstances,” he
insisted. “If they go into the streets, they should be thrashed. All
normal people will do it, both Muslims and the Orthodox”, the mufti
He noted that representatives of sex minorities “could do
whatever they like at home or in any secluded place. However, if they go
into the streets and start campaigning, society should isolate them so that
young people do not follow them’.
Tajuddin is against gays’ idea to claim their rights by
public actions. “They have no rights whatsoever as they overstepped the
bounds of decency. Untraditional orientation is considered a crime against
God”, the mufti said.
He added that Prophet Muhammad had ordered to kill
homosexuals, as “their behaviour leads to the end of human race”.
“This is neither a democracy, nor an anarchy. This is the
end of history. This is abhorrent to God and man’, Tajuddin underscored.
According to the Russian independent radio station
Echo Moskvy such statements by mufti alarmed even normally very
conservative spiritual Muslim leaders. Nafigul Ashirov, head of Spiritual
Directorate of Muslims responsible for Asian part of the country said that
Muslims are categorically against the conduct of gay parades but no one will
He said that “gay parades should not have their place in
the lives of normal people. The patriarch of Orthodox Church said that
today goes the campaign to pervert Russian nation, we join this statement
and think that it is spiritual aggression”.
“But,” he added, “I don’t think we have the right to
thrash someone or kill, such things are not acceptable because it will be
outside the scope of law. We just express the non acceptance of such
Ashirov said that “we are categorically against the gay
parade; but if Moscow authorities allow it then we will have nothing than to
feel sorry for that. We will not go against the law, we will act by words
and our personal example”.
Nikolai Alekseev, one of the organizers of Moscow LGBT
Festival and Pride expressed his outrage at the outburst of the Mufti.
“The position of Talgat Tajuddin is unacceptable,” he
fumed. “We have never heard yet so strong words of hatred towards sexual
minorities from influential public figures.
“[The Mufti] said that that we have no right and he
appealed for violence against gays – and even killings.
“What is terrible is that he used the current situation
in the world connected with the publication of cartoons, to incite hatred
towards those who have absolutely not connection to that.
“He actually invited to the acts of vandalism which we
see these days in Muslim countries against diplomatic missions of foreign
Alekseev said that “we will do the legal analyses of
Mufti’s statements and will take a decision concerning a possible
application to the General Prosecutor”.
“I was contacted yesterday by many Russian journalists
and some of them told me that there is an atmosphere of outrage in their
offices at what the religious leaders said. Even those who are not so
tolerant towards gays said that it is outrageous to hear such words in a
democratic country,” he pointed out.
the principal rabbi of Russia joined the fray. Rabbi Berl Lazar told the
Russian news agency InterFax that if the Gay Pride parade was allowed to go
ahead it “would be a blow for morality”.
Propaganda of what he called “sexual perversions” does not have the right to
exist, the rabbi said.
religious figure, I must first of all say that our religion categorically
bans homosexuality. As I know, such sharp condemnation of homosexual
relations also exists in other traditional religions in Russia,” he told the
like to assure you, that the parade of homosexuals it is not less offensive
to the feelings of believers than any caricatures in newspapers,” he said,
linking the Pride parade with the current furore over the cartoons
published in Denmark five months ago.
that it will be perceived as an insult not only by believers but by the
absolute majority of the populations of our city,” he added.
countered, charging the rabbi of lying.
parades are already part of the Jewish society – and no religion was able to
stop gay marches in Tel Aviv,” he pointed out.
Judaism, there are several schools of thought and some of them not only
accept homosexual relations but also allow the blessings of same-sex
marriages. This is what we can see now in the UK where same-sex
partnerships are blessed in some synagogues.”
According to Alekseev, “comparission between the march for human rights and
against discrimination with the publication of cartoons is nothing more than
an attempt to incite hatred toward sexual minorities.
Lazar, being the citizen of three states at the same time, should know what
is a public actions of gays and lesbians and what is respect for
constitutional rights of citizens in the free democratic state. Both in the
United States and in Israel gay parades became part of the state based on
rule of law in the same way as freedom of religion and right to express
outrageous aspect is that the principal rabbi of Russia can allow himself to
call persons of homosexual orientation “sexual perverts”, while both
heterosexual and homosexual relations have equal legal status in Russia”.
Alekseev suggested, is a clear hypocrisy.
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