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  1. Does this outfit – ‘The Friends of Clapham Common’ – have any affiliation any religious group or organisation?

    I think it is highly likely.

    Whereever homophobic bigotry rears its head then it is almost guaranteed that there will be a religious cult involved somewhere.

    1. You need to look elsewhere to find the source of the prejudice, I believe. Friends of Clapham Common is a common users’ group and works closely with the council to manage the common, and I don’t know of any very strong religious links.

      However, the group came about partly from residents’ opposition to Pride being held on Clapham Common. FCC began (under a different name) in 1997, when a group of residents objected to what the FCC website calls “a number of large and poorly managed events”. These events included Pride, the festival portion of which was held on the common in 1996 and 1997. In subsequent years, Pride moved to Finsbury Park.

      So this group may be basing its objections to the Olympics Pride House proposals on dim (and doubtless exaggerated) memories of the festival-like trance wonderland of ’90s-era Pride. Since Pride House will be more Bikram yoga than beats and E, I doubt their opposition will get far, and the residents will discover that we gays can also have fun sober.

      1. well Norman jay has an annual bash with drinks and e so stop making excuses. simple solution is usually the right one

    2. that is unfair – I don’t think anyone who like parks and open spaces should be pillioried as a cult member. This sort of hysterical thinking givesa us gays a bad name!

  2. The “friends of” groups are usually religious bigots

    1. I would be very surprised if the hand of religion is not to be found somewhere here.

      Bigotry and religious belief seem almost synonymous.

      1. prepare to be suprised – these people are dog walkers – normal nice people who should be engaged with not rubbished. Many of the group will welcome the Pride pavillion

    2. rubbish – where’s your evidence?

      1. I don’t answer to you

        1. no you don’t answer to me.
          Maybe you could open up your own bigottry and listen to a counter opinion though. I do know members of the near by “Friends of Wandsworth Common” and they are basically older people who like a walk in the fresh air, sometimes with ther dogs. I’ve never herard of a religeous angle.

    3. Rachel Haytread 1 Feb 2012, 5:31pm

      Yes James!, you are quite correct. I know this to be true from personal experience.

      1. tell us more – doesn’t match my experience but I’m happy to read well argued counter-opinions……….unlike others!

  3. Singapore Sam 1 Feb 2012, 1:05pm

    Will Welsh MP’s be welcome? (for those with a long memory ;)

    1. Now Ex-MP, I think! And I thought he had moved on to ‘badger spotting’?

    2. Where do you comedians come from? I noticed lots of new users after the gay football story you thick muppets

      1. de Villiers 1 Feb 2012, 10:34pm

        You’re so unpleasant. A real bully.

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