Monday, 12 September 2011




March for a Secular Europe

Oppose special privileges for religion and people of faith

The state must not accommodate religious prejudice & intolerance

Saturday 17 September

Assemble 10.30 to 11am, Temple Place, London WC2. March departs 11.30am.

More info here:

The march is supported by the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

"We want a secular Europe, where no religion has special influence over government, where faith organisations are not above the law and where religious leaders cease attempting to impose their own often harsh, intolerant morality on everyone else," said Peter Tatchell, Director the human rights advocacy organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

"Religion retains unjustified influence and power in the UK, with religious bodies having unique exemptions from our equality laws and with one-third of all schools being state-funded faith schools - a proportion that is likely to grow in the light of government policy to promote faith and free schools," he added.

"Religious organisations spearheaded opposition to Britain's gay equality laws, including the equalisation of the age of consent and the repeal of Section 28. Even now, most of them are campaigning to block same-sex marriage. They are the enemy of democracy and human rights.

"The Vatican has a malign influence over many European politicians and governments. It pressures them to oppose contraception, abortion, fertility treatment, gay equality, embryonic stem cell research and the right of people suffering with terminal illnesses to end their lives with dignity. It seeks to avoid compliance with the equality and anti-discrimination laws that apply to everyone else.

"Religious lobbyists, especially the Vatican, made sure that the proposed EU Constitution - and the now approved Lisbon Treaty (article 16c) - dangerously commits the European Union to 'an open, transparent and regular dialogue with Churches and religious organisations'. Why should religious bodies receive this special treaty guarantee, which is denied to humanists and human rights advocates?" queried Mr Tatchell.

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Protest Sat 17 Sep for a secular Europe - 10.30am, Temple Place, London WC2: #seculareurope

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The March for a Secular Europe protests AGAINST:

The privileged status of the churches under Article 17 of the TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union)
The privileged position of religious organisations in politics and the law
The special status of the Vatican in the United Nations
State-funded faith schools
The economic privilege and political influence of the Vatican

The March for a Secular Europe protests FOR:

Freedom of religion, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech
Women's equality and reproductive rights
Equal rights for LGBT people throughout the European Union
A secular Europe that does not kow-tow to religious pressure
One law for all, with no religious exemptions from the law
State neutrality in matters of religion and belief

Assemble (10.30-11am): Temple Place (Victoria Embankment)

March (11.30-12.30 am): Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Whitehall

Rally (12.30-2.30pm): Richmond Terrace, Whitehall (opposite Downing Street)

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Anonymous said...

I wouldn't pay much attention to Peter Thatchell. More and more people are seeing him for what he really is - a supporter of peadophiles. The reason he is so against religion is because most religions view homosexuality as wrong. Personally I don't as I'm not religious but I certainly do view peadophilia as wrong in so many different ways.

word verfication bless

Zoompad said...

Peter Tatchell has had massive influence over the Ministry of Justice, and the BBC. I will pay close attention to him, because I am bound by these new laws and have to pay a television licence so what Peter Tatchell says and does very much affects me. If I now read certain portions of the Holy Bible out loud, in a public place where there are homosexual people, I can now be arrested by the police, as is what happened to Stephen Green a few years ago so I understand. The Holy Bible is the foundation of the laws of the land I live in, or at least it was, until people from overseas in the European Union started to be given permission to override it. Permission not granted by the people of this country, because we have never had a referendum in this country to give our sovereign's powers away.

Zoompad said...

Now children born in this country can be forced to submit to being deliberatly sexualised and brainwashed by powerful psychiatric friends of Peter Tatchell. People running guest houses can be taken to court and given fines for not allowing to homosexuals to sleep in the same bed in their establishment, they can be bullied by the law to set aside their own Christian moral values.
I think I will carry on watching very closely what Peter Tatchell does, because I am a Christian and Peter Tatchell has the power and authority to have people like me arrested!

Zoompad said...

Sorry about the typos I dont see very well

Anonymous said...

Tatchell appears to me to be an attention-seeking tosspot with a guilt complex. Atheists sometimes forget 'freedom of thought' and 'I may not like what you have to say, but I defend your right to say it, to the death' and that is what real freedom is about.

Zoompad said...

What concerns me about Peter Tatchell is the amount of authority he has. At one time, not so much now, he seemed to be on telly or radio virtually every day.I tried to get on the telly, I wanted to talk about the secret family courts, and Pindown, and have not been able to get on, which is astonishing when you look at the explosive nature of the things I wanted to talk about, ie the use of a syndrome invented by an American paedophile all over the UK is secret court sessions. I wanted to talk about the thousands of women that are systematically psychologically tortured in the secret courts every year, but the people in charge of television and radio would rather have someone like Peter Tatchell on the telly just blowing his nose than any real news about stuff that could happen to any family in the UK.

Zoompad said...

I am forced to pay for a television licence by the BBC, and if I dont cough up they threaten to take me to court to pay a massive fine or go to jail. The Government justifies this by claiming that we need the BBC's "Quality" programmes and news.

What quality programmes? What news?

They wont touch any real news, the stuff they churn out is twisted out of shape, and they pump out propaganda like there is no tomorrow. For instance, they did a story on Staffordshire Pindown, knowing full well that I wrote a book (TIP byZoompad) on my experienced in the care of Staffordshire social services, not a word was mentioned about my book, or Teresa Kendalls book origionally titled PINDOWN (until some media people told her to change the title of it to Trust Noone,)The BBC know all about me, I was at the same school at the same time as the current Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, but the BBC wont have anything to do with me, I WONDER WHY????

Zoompad said...

Its not just bme the BBC wont have on, what about Robert Green, who is fighting for the lady with Downs Syndrome, who was abused by Freemason paedophiles in Scotland from the age of 6, Hollie Greig, to have the right not to have Shropshire police and the Court of Protection rip through her home and bust the place up while she and her mum were on holiday?

Or Stuart Syvret, the man who blew the whistle on the Haut de la Garenne child abuse in Jersey and has been persecuted for doing so? He would love to be asked to go on the telly, but the BBC would rather not have him on again, ecxcept to make him look like a criminal.

The BBC even maliciously tried to make the Queen look like a mardy old woman, and she took them to task about it (good for her!) so me Stuart and Robert are all in good company!

Zoompad said...

Gay Activist in Hot Water for Revealing Conspiracy to Promote Homosexuality
By Hilary White

LONDON, July 22, 2009 ( - A British journalist and activist has come under fire from a homosexualist activist for revealing the names of key figures involved in a deliberate long-term plan that resulted in the success of Britain's "gay rights" movement.

Nicholas De Jongh, a theatre critic, playwright and homosexualist activist, accused journalist Matthew Parris of "blowing" the confidentiality enjoyed for four decades by a small cadre activists who brought the movement to its maturity in late 1980s Britain.

In a June 27th article in the Times of London, Parris described the "strangely clandestine atmosphere" surrounding meetings of a group of activists who organized in 1988 to oppose Section 28 of the Local Government Bill.

That bill for a short time outlawed the "promotion of homosexuality" as "a kind of pretended family relationship."

In addition to De Jongh, Parris named the actor Ian McKellen and financial baron and politician Peter Mandelson as key figures in this group.

Later, the group that was to become Stonewall, one of Britain's most influential political lobbies, "put gay equality and homosexual law reform on to the mainstream national agenda" Parris wrote.

"Two decades on we British have overtaken the Americans.

After successive reductions in the age of homosexual consent until an equal age was reached, after the Civil Partnerships Act, and after a long and remarkably steady shift in not only the rules but social and media attitudes too, nobody would dispute the success of this slow-burning, 40-year-old crusade."

Parris wrote that contrary to the usual homosexualist doctrine, the movement did not start with the infamous "Stonewall riots" in New York in 1969, staged after police raided a popular homosexual nightclub in Greenwich Village.

Instead it was started and nurtured by "valiant, patient, 'respectable' pioneering organisations" and individuals who had "been plugging away for decades."

In a letter to the editor on June 30th, De Jongh, who organized the meetings in the late 1980s, complained in the Times that Parris's characterization of the group as a conspiracy was "inaccurate and lurid."

Despite, this, however, De Jongh, wrote "Our meetings were off-the-record, since some of those present were closeted.

Confidentiality was maintained for years until Parris, without consulting anyone, blew it."

The success of the movement can be judged by Peter Mandelson's appointment by the Labour government as First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Lord President of the Council.

Mandelson (one of those "conspirators" named by Parris) - along with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - is regarded as one of the key figures in the "New Labour" government that has brought in unprecedented legal changes favoring homosexuals.

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Zoompad said...

I have just found this and I am puzzled. Can anyone shed any light on this?

Why was Matthew Parris criticised for telling the truth?

Zoompad said...

The Mattachine Society, founded in 1950, was one of the earliest homophile organizations in the United States, probably second only to Chicago’s short-lived Society for Human Rights (1924). Harry Hay and a group of Los Angeles male friends formed the group to protect and improve the rights of homosexuals. Because of concerns for secrecy and the founders’ leftist ideology, they adopted the cell organization of the Communist Party. In the anti-Communist atmosphere of the 1950s, the Society’s growing membership replaced the group’s early Communist model with a more traditional ameliorative civil rights leadership style and agenda. Then, as branches formed in other cities, the Society splintered in regional groups by 1961.

Zoompad said...

Harry Hay conceived of the idea of a homosexual activist group in 1948. After signing a petition for Progressive Party presidential candidate Henry A. Wallace, Hay spoke with other gay men at a party about forming a gay support organization for him called "Bachelors for Wallace".[1] Encouraged by the response he received, Hay wrote the organizing principles that night, a document he referred to as "The Call".[2] However, the men who had been interested at the party were less than enthusiastic the following morning.[1] Over the next two years, Hay refined his idea, finally conceiving of an "international...fraternal order" to serve as "a service and welfare organization devoted to the protection and improvement of Society's Androgynous Minority".[3] He planned to call this organization "Bachelors Anonymous" and envisioned it serving a similar function and purpose as Alcoholics Anonymous.[4] Hay met Rudi Gernreich in July 1950. The two became lovers,[5] and Hay showed Gernreich The Call. Gernreich, declaring the document "the most dangerous thing [he had] ever read",[6] became an enthusiastic financial supporter of the venture, although he did not lend his name to it[7] (going instead by the initial "R"[8]). Finally on November 11, 1950, Hay, along with Gernreich and friends Dale Jennings and lovers Bob Hull and Chuck Rowland, held the first meeting of the Mattachine Society in Los Angeles, under the name "Society of Fools".[9] James Gruber and Konrad Stevens joined the Society in April 1951 and they are generally considered to be original members.[10] Also that month the group changed its name to "Mattachine Society", a name suggested by Gruber and chosen by Hay, after Medieval French secret societies of masked men who, through their anonymity, were empowered to criticize ruling monarchs with impunity

Zoompad said...

As Hay became more involved in his Mattachine work, he correspondingly became more concerned that his homosexuality would negatively affect the Communist Party, which did not allow gays to be members. Hay himself approached Party leaders and recommended his own expulsion. The Party refused to expel Hay as a homosexual, instead expelling him under the more convenient ruse of 'security risk', while ostentatiously announcing him to be a 'Lifelong Friend of the People'.[12]

Mattachine was originally organized in similar structure to the Communist Party, with cells, oaths of secrecy and five different levels of membership, each of which required greater levels of involvement and commitment. As the organization grew, the levels were expected to subdivide into new cells, creating both the potential for horizontal and vertical growth.[13] The founding members constituted the so-called "Fifth Order" and from the outset remained anonymous. Mattachine's membership grew slowly at first but received a major boost in February 1952 when founder Jennings was arrested in a Los Angeles park and charged with lewd behavior. Often, men in Jennings' situation would simply plead guilty to the charge and hope to quietly rebuild their lives. Jennings and the rest of the Fifth Order saw the charges as a means to address the issue of police entrapment of homosexual men. The group began publicizing the case (under the name "Citizens Committee to Outlaw Entrapment") and the publicity it generated brought in financial support and volunteers. Jennings admitted during his trial to being a homosexual but insisted he was not guilty of the specific charge. The jury deadlocked and Mattachine declared victory

Zoompad said...

The Mattachine Society was named by Harry Hay at the suggestion of James Gruber, inspired by a French medieval and renaissance masque group he had studied while preparing a course on the history of popular music for a workers' education project. In a 1976 interview with Jonathan Ned Katz, Hay was asked the origin of the name Mattachine. He mentioned the medieval-Renaissance French Sociétés Joyeuses:

One masque group was known as the 'Société Mattachine.' These societies, lifelong secret fraternities of unmarried townsmen who never performed in public unmasked, were dedicated to going out into the countryside and conducting dances and rituals during the Feast of Fools, at the Vernal Equinox. Sometimes these dance rituals, or masques, were peasant protests against oppression — with the maskers, in the people’s name, receiving the brunt of a given lord’s vicious retaliation. So we took the name Mattachine because we felt that we 1950s Gays were also a masked people, unknown and anonymous, who might become engaged in morale building and helping ourselves and others, through struggle, to move toward total redress and change.

Zoompad said...

This French group was named in turn after Mattaccino (or the Anglicized Mattachino), a character in Italian theater. Mattaccino was a kind of court jester, who would speak the truth to the king when nobody else would. The "mattachin" (from Arabic mutawajjihin — "mask-wearers") were originally Moorish (Hispano-Arab) sword-dancers who wore elaborate, colorful costumes and masks.[16]

The Mattachine Society used so-called harlequin diamonds as their emblem. The design consisted of four diamonds arranged in a pattern to form a larger diamond.

Zoompad said...

Most of the Mattachine founders were affiliated with Communism and based their organization on the cell structure of the Communist Party USA (i.e., democratic centralism). As the Red Scare progressed, the association with communism concerned some members as well as supporters and Hay, a dedicated member of the Communist Party for 15 years, stepped down as the society's leader. Others were similarly ousted, and the leadership structure became influenced less by communism, more by a moderate ideology similar to that espoused by the liberal reformist civil rights organizations that existed for African Americans. Although Hay claimed "never to have even heard" of the earlier gay liberation struggle in Germany - by the people around Adolf Brand, Magnus Hirschfeld and Leontine Sagan - he is known to have talked about it with German émigrés in America, including Rudi Gernreich.

The Mattachine Society existed as a single national organization headquartered first in Los Angeles and then, beginning around 1956, in San Francisco. Outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco, chapters were established in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and other locales. Due to internal disagreements, the national organization disbanded in 1961. The San Francisco national chapter retained the name "Mattachine Society," while the New York chapter became "Mattachine Society of New York, Inc." Other independent groups using the name Mattachine were formed in Washington, D.C. (Mattachine Society of Washington, 1961),[17] and in Chicago (Mattachine Midwest, 1965).[18] In 1963 Congressman John Dowdy introduced a bill which resulted in congressional hearings to revoke the license for solicitation of funds of the Mattachine Society of Washington; the license was not revoked.

Zoompad said...

A largely amicable split within the Society in 1952 resulted in a new organization called ONE, Inc.. ONE admitted women and, together with Mattachine, provided vital help to the Daughters of Bilitis in the launching of that group's magazine, The Ladder, in 1956. The Daughters of Bilitis was the counterpart lesbian organization to the Mattachine Society, and the two organizations worked together on some campaigns, although their approaches to visibility in the mass media differed considerably. Under a different leadership, however, the Daughters of Bilitis came under attack in the early 1970s for "siding" with Mattachine groups rather than with the new separatist feminist organizations. Also in the 1960s, the Mattachine Society of New York was associated with other groups (including the Mattachine Society of Washington) in ECHO (East Coast Homophile Organizations) and, from 1966 (along with Mattachine Midwest), in NACHO (North American Conference of Homophile Organizations).

Zoompad said...

The primary goals of the society were to

1.Unify homosexuals isolated from their own kind;
2.Educate homosexuals and heterosexuals toward an ethical homosexual culture paralleling the cultures of the Negro, Mexican and Jewish peoples;
3.Lead the more socially conscious homosexual to provide leadership to the whole mass of social deviates; and
4.Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression.[15]

Zoompad said...

Following the Jennings trial, the group expanded rapidly, with founders estimating membership in California by May 1953 at over 2,000 with as many as 100 people joining a typical discussion group. Membership diversified, with more women and people from a broader political spectrum becoming involved. With that growth came concern about the radical left slant of the organization. In particular, Hal Call and others out of San Francisco along with Ken Burns from Los Angeles wanted Mattachine to amend its constitution to clarify its opposition to so-called "subversive elements" and to affirm that members were loyal to the United States and its laws (which declared homosexuality illegal). In an effort to preserve their vision of the organization, the Fifth Order members revealed their identities and resigned their leadership positions at Mattachine's May 1953 convention. With the founders gone, Call, Burns and other like-minded individuals stepped into the leadership void,[20] and Mattachine officially adopted non-confrontation as an organizational policy. The reduced effectiveness of this newly-organized Mattachine led to a precipitous drop in membership and participation.[21] The Los Angeles branch of Mattachine shut down in 1961.

During the 1960s, the various unaffiliated Mattachine Societies, especially the Mattachine Society in San Francisco and the Mattachine Society of New York, were among the foremost gay rights groups in the United States, but beginning in the middle 1960s and, especially, following the Stonewall riots of 1969, they began increasingly to be seen as too traditional, and not willing enough to be confrontational. Like the divide that occurred within the black civil rights movement, the late 1960s and the 1970s brought a new generation of activists, many of whom felt that the gay rights movement needed to endorse a larger and more radical agenda to address other forms of oppression, the Vietnam War, and the sexual revolution. Several unaffiliated entities that went under the name Mattachine eventually lost support or fell prey to internal division.

Zoompad said...

The 1995 film Stonewall includes members of the New York City chapter of Mattachine among its characters. Mattachine members are seen leafleting, attending meetings and participating in the Annual Reminder picket in Philadelphia.

In 2009 The Mattachine Society and its founders became the subjects of the play The Temperamentals by Jon Maran. After workshop performances in 2009, the play opened Off-Broadway at New World Stages in early 2010.[22] The Temperamentals received a Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Michael Urie, who originated the role of Rudi Gernreich, received a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.[23]

The Playboy Club, a 2011 television series on NBC, includes a lesbian Playboy Bunny in a sham marriage with a gay man. The two are members of the Chicago Mattachine chapter.