"Can you remove this story, or remove my name from it? I don't want my name associated with the EDL or your beliefs. This was a story I wrote for the Pink Paper about gay rights, and extremists. It does not represent Islam. I expect it removed or I will take you to court." - Stacey Cosens, of the Pink Paper
I’m afraid you wouldn’t stand a chance taking me to court.
For a start, your details are fully acknowledged and there is not even a hint that you wrote the article for EDL Extra. It is clear from the format of the blog that many articles are not written for the blog - or made to seem that they are. If that were not the case, the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph, the Star, etc. would also be seen as writing for EDL Extra – or, alternatively, taking me to court.
The purpose of the posting and quotation of your article was not to show that Stacey Cosen or The Pink Paper supports the EDL. It was to show what the Islamic position on gays actually is and, of course, the fact that Ibis was holding a conference which included Islamic homophobes.
In addition, you say quite glibly that such extremism doesn’t reflect Islam. Is that right? What makes you say that? 1,300 years of anti-gay Islamic killing, legislation and rhetoric, along with many passages in the Koran, hadiths, etc. and well as numerous statements from Islamic scholars, clerics, academics, etc., show me that you are wrong on this. In fact, try reading some of the relevant EDL Extra articles on this site from a non-Leftist, non-liberal-leftist, etc. take on this issue.
Did you ever hear the one about the members of Queers for Palestine (an American group) who went to Palestine to support the ‘oppressed Muslims’ there? They were hung up by the necks for being ‘degenerate homosexuals’ by Hamas.
But they were still politically hip in their support of the Palestinians.
Or does Hamas not ‘reflect [true] Islam’ either? Over 80% of Palestinian Muslims think they do, as well as millions of other Muslims throughout the world.
*) The story in question: