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Muslim-Majority Town Takes Stand Against The LGBTQ+ Agenda

Hamtramck, Michigan City Council, the only Muslim-majority town in the United States, voted unanimously Tuesday to ban “Pride” flags from being flown on public property.

The resolution, called a “Resolution to Maintain and Confirm the Neutrality Of the City of Hamtramck Towards Its Residents,” also bans “religious, ethnic, racial and political flags.”

Many residents packed City Hall to applaud the resolution.

The resolution only allows five flags to be flown on city property.

The Detroit News explained:

The proposal called for the ban of all but five flags from being flown on city properties — including the American flag, the state of Michigan flag, the Hamtramck flag and the Prisoner of War flag. The fifth one is known as the nations’ flag, one that represents the countries from which the city’s immigrant residents hail and reflects the community’s international character.

Ultimately, the council said the decision was not about discriminating but heeding the city’s 2013 resolution about reflecting “the international character of the city.”

“We’re just trying to implement the previous practice. Nothing new,” Mayor Amer Ghalib said before the unanimous vote, which came just before the meeting reached the four-hour mark.

He and the council members stressed residents can still fly pride flags on their own property.

“On your property you can do what you want to do,” Councilman Khalil Refai said.

Detroit Free Press staff writer Niraj Warikoo reported on the Hamtramck City Council meeting in this Twitter thread:

The Post Millennial reports:

Hassan argued that allowing Pride flags to be flown on public property could lead down a slippery slope that ends with white supremacist and neo-Naxi groups asking for the same opportunity.

“The city does not want to open the door for radical or racist groups to ask for their flags to be flown,” he wrote.

During the hours of debate that took place at City Hall prior to the vote on Tuesday, many Muslim residents and elected officials explained that the resolution was not motivated by hate.

Noting that a large number of his boards and commissions were made up of members of the LGBTQ community or allies, Mayor Amer Ghalib stated that his government’s goal was to “serve everybody equally with no discrimination, but without favoritism.”


Read the full resolution:

WHEREAS, the City of Hamtramck is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, in which
we should proudly promote and embrace its diversity; and

WHEREAS, the City must and will serve and treat its residents equally, with no discrimination, or
special treatment to any group of people; and

WHEREAS, the City has authorized in the past, the Human Relations Commission to install nations
flags on the City flagpoles to represent the international character of the City, Resolution 2013-
102: and

WHEREAS, each religious, ethnic, racial, political, or sexually oriented group is already
represented by the country it belongs to; and

WHEREAS, the City does not want to open the door for radical or racist groups to ask for their
flags to be flown; and

WHEREAS, this resolution does not in any way, shape or form infringe upon the fundamental right
of an individual or business in the City of Hamtramck to engage free speech. Nor does this
resolution limit speech by public employees provided that such employees engage in such speech
in a protected time, manner and place.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hamtramck, Wayne County,
Michigan, that the government of the City of Hamtramck does not allow any religious, ethnic,
racial, political, or sexual orientation group flags to be flown on the City’s public properties, and
that only, the American flag, the flag of the State of Michigan, the Hamtramck Flag, the Prisoner
of War flag and the nations’ flags that represent the international character of our City shall be flown.



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