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Michigan community pushes back against LGBT agenda – bans pride flag

The city council of Hamtramck, Michigan, which is composed entirely of Muslim members, unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday to prohibit the flying of the LGBTQ+ Pride flag on public property. Mayor Pro-Tem Muhammad Hassan proposed this resolution.

Details of the resolution revealed

The resolution dictates that no flag representing any religious, ethnic, racial, political, or sexual orientation group can be flown on city property.

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According to Click on Detroit, it allows only the American flag, state and city flags, national flags of other countries, and the Prisoner of War flag to be flown. The Detroit Free Press reported that the decision came after “three hours of public comments and months of intense debate.”

Religious freedoms need to be respected

“Hassan and other members of the council said the LGBTQ+ community and others are welcome in Hamtramck but that they need to respect religious freedom,” according to the report.

Furthermore, the resolution’s supporters argue that the Pride flag clashes with their faith. They maintain that American soldiers sacrificed for the U.S. flag, not the Pride flag.

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City Councilman Nayeem Choudhury addressed this issue: “We want to respect the religious rights of our citizens. You guys are welcome, but why do you have to have the flag shown on government property to be represented? You’re already represented. We already know who you are. By making this about bigotry, it’s making it like you want to hate us.”

American’s don’t know what it is to live under ‘severe repression’

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Moreover, the city council members commented that the code is not about targeting a specific group, stating: “If you let one flag in, you’ll have to let all of the flags in.”

An immigrant from Yemen supported the resolution and said, “Unfortunately, many people in our country don’t seem to understand this. They don’t know, or they don’t want to know, what it is like to live in extreme poverty, what it is like to live under severe repression, where there’s no freedom of speech, no freedom of religion.”

Soldiers fought under the American flag

He emphasized, “Those soldiers fought under the American flag and no other. It’s shameful and embarrassing to have any other flag on public buildings. You have the freedom to display whatever you wish in your home or your private businesses. We respect all nations, cultures, and their flags, but we only salute the American flag,”

He concluded by saying, “Do not waver and do not flinch; you are doing the right thing. God bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.”

LGBTQ community argues against the resolution

However, LGBTQ+ activists and supporters disagreed with the resolution. They voiced their concerns that this resolution would push them out of Hamtramck and decrease investments in the Detroit enclave, known for its immigrant and artistic communities.

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The Detroit Free Press mentioned that Hamtramck has the highest percentage of immigrants in Michigan and is the only city in the U.S. with an all-Muslim city council and mayor.

They noted that the recent vote is part of the city’s ongoing debate over the LGBTQ+ agenda.

The approval of this resolution is a part of a growing trend of Muslims across the U.S. aligning with social conservatives to counter the far-left ideologies.

This has resulted in a broader debate around equity, religious freedom, and the teaching of certain topics in schools. The balance between these aspects is becoming a focal point in the discourse.