A few weeks ago I was walking down the main street here in the city in front of me was a heavily veiled Muslim women with two small children, a little further on were a couple of chubby short haired women gazing into one another's eyes, they began kiss, the mother immediately gathered her children to her side and covered their faces with her coat.
In Brighton there are two very obvious groups, the LGBT community and the Muslim community, even in the Labour Party here they don't seem to mix, though in the last General Election Labour did put up an Asian candidate, probably in attempt to gain the Islamic vote. I don't hear of much tension between the two communities, in the rather Brightonish way they seem to co-exist.
The world seems to be destined to split along pro and anti LGBT lines. Africa, the Islamic world, Russia and the Orthodox world against, whilst the US and its hegemony are pro, Cameron for example wants to export Gay marriage around the world. Increasingly it seems that issues of sexual equality will polarise the world. Western (or rather US) materialism and culture in the past was something which people wanted, or at least it crept in through Coca cola and McDonalds but as Mr Kenyatta said we don't want homosexuality, nor will every nation want gay Google or Hollywood. In many ways it seems the LGBT agenda will become the main symbol of Western culture and will be seen by the rest of the world as a mark of its decadence. Will rainbowed boots on the ground be welcomed in the Middle-East or 'aid' with a significant agenda in Africa?
Michel Houellebecq has written a book, Soumission, which in France seems to have caught the popular imagination, and everyone seems to be reading it. It is due to be published in English soon. It is about the rise of a popularly elected Islamic government in France and the gradual imposition of Sharia law and take over of French institutions by Islamists, the Sourbonne for example is bought by the Saudis.
In Brighton I wonder what will happen in a few years time when Islam becomes a political force in our city, which it seems it is bound to become. Interestingly one Jewish business near me was forced to close, not because of anti-Semitism, obviously, but by continuous pro-Palestinian demonstrations. However, Jews are leaving Brighton and Hove, a traditional Jewish centre, as a Jewish student said to a parishioner, "Brighton and Hove is becoming increasingly unwelcoming to Jews".
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