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Beware the fire… September 2, 2006

Posted by Mujahid Mustaqim in Media, Religion.

I agree with the archbishop: Church supports gay-snub firemen

The nine firefighters are based at Cowcaddens and were asked to distribute community safety advice to people attending the Pride Scotia festival in George Square on 24 June.

A fire service spokesman earlier said the firefighters’ refusal was a “fundamental breach of their core responsibilities”.

“Firefighters cannot, and will not, pick and choose to whom they offer fire safety advice.”

Yes, but should they be punished for not accepting the discomfort of this specific occasion? I believe not. After all, there is nothing to indicate that the men would not give advice in other times and places to people who happen to identify as homosexual.



1. Mustafa Arif - September 3, 2006

Firefighters are supposedly highly trained professionals. Surely its a waste of their time to be handing out leaflets. The fire service could easily get a marketing agency to do that – who would find the most appropriate staff for each market setting.

2. Rasheed Eldin - September 3, 2006

Yeah good point Mustafa. I would add that while these men obviously expected a lot of danger and risk when signing up to fight fires for a living, I doubt they had in mind that being ogled by people on parades of perversion would be part of this noble undertaking.

Some thoughts about “Pride”:

3. Rasheed Eldin - September 4, 2006

Well here’s someone who doesn’t mind leafleting!


Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for leafleting on Saturday. Mr Green was approached by officers who asked him to stop leafleting people, but he was arrested when he continued to distribute leaflets with extracts taken from the Gospel. […]

Of work between the Police and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community Mr Green said: “Maybe they work a bit too closely when an evangelist can be victimised simply because he is giving out leaflets quoting verses from the same Bible police officers swear on in court.”

4. Rasheed Eldin - October 3, 2006

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