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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:23 pm

Activists call upon London mosque leaders to stop allowing their premises to be used to 'promote gay-hate campaigns'


The East London Mosque said: 'Any speaker who is believed to have said something homophobic will not be allowed to use our premises'. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Gay rights campaigners have urged mosque leaders in east London to ban homophobic clerics from using their premises, following a 21% rise in gay hate crime in the area.

Activists, including journalist Julie Bindel and Pride trustee Colm Howard-Lloyd, said some preachers at the East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre had "created an atmosphere in which hate is socially acceptable; they have spread a message in which maiming and violence is the most dutiful, honourable, devout thing to do".

Their concerns follow the £100 fine given to Mohammed Hasnath, who put up "Gay-Free Zone" stickers in the area; the case of Oliver Hemsley, who was paralysed from the neck down in August 2008 following a vicious attack; and Metropolitan police figures showing that gay hate crime had risen in the borough of Tower Hamlets – where the mosque and adjoining centre are located – from 67 attacks to 81 in a year.

In a statement, the campaigners said that, while the East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre had distanced themselves from the sticker campaign, they had "hosted numerous hate preachers who have promoted the most vicious homophobia imaginable over the years".

The statement added: "The East London Mosque claims to have no responsibility over those who speak there. The East London Mosque also claims to be opposed to the 'gay-free zone' campaign and homophobia. We demand that the East London Mosque live up to its stated word, take ownership of its platform and stop allowing its premises to be used to promote gay-hate campaigns."

Salman Farsi, from the mosque, said booking procedures had been tightened since last year.

He said: "Any speaker who is believed to have said something homophobic will not be allowed to use our premises, whether that is us organising an event or someone else. As for the condemnation of homophobia, our director has gone on the record on this. I can see where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is coming from. That £100 fine was a slap on the wrist. One of the things that needs to be noted is that there are a small number of extremists in our community that are stirring things up. We have done as much as we possibly can. The LGBT community need to take that in good faith."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/gay-rights-london-mosques


I hope the Mosque keep their word and ban any speaker promoting homophobia. If the situation were reversed and speakers were promoting the abuse of Muslims my view would be exactly the same, it's wrong Evil or Very Mad

I wish people would be a little more accepting of each other's differences, the world would be a much better place. Let's face it if we were all the same life would be pretty dull No

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Re: Ban homophobic clerics from mosques, gay rights campaigners urge

Post by Guest on Thu Jun 09, 2011 7:32 pm

Feelthelove wrote:Activists call upon London mosque leaders to stop allowing their premises to be used to 'promote gay-hate campaigns'


The East London Mosque said: 'Any speaker who is believed to have said something homophobic will not be allowed to use our premises'. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

Gay rights campaigners have urged mosque leaders in east London to ban homophobic clerics from using their premises, following a 21% rise in gay hate crime in the area.

Activists, including journalist Julie Bindel and Pride trustee Colm Howard-Lloyd, said some preachers at the East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre had "created an atmosphere in which hate is socially acceptable; they have spread a message in which maiming and violence is the most dutiful, honourable, devout thing to do".

Their concerns follow the £100 fine given to Mohammed Hasnath, who put up "Gay-Free Zone" stickers in the area; the case of Oliver Hemsley, who was paralysed from the neck down in August 2008 following a vicious attack; and Metropolitan police figures showing that gay hate crime had risen in the borough of Tower Hamlets – where the mosque and adjoining centre are located – from 67 attacks to 81 in a year.

In a statement, the campaigners said that, while the East London Mosque and the London Muslim Centre had distanced themselves from the sticker campaign, they had "hosted numerous hate preachers who have promoted the most vicious homophobia imaginable over the years".

The statement added: "The East London Mosque claims to have no responsibility over those who speak there. The East London Mosque also claims to be opposed to the 'gay-free zone' campaign and homophobia. We demand that the East London Mosque live up to its stated word, take ownership of its platform and stop allowing its premises to be used to promote gay-hate campaigns."

Salman Farsi, from the mosque, said booking procedures had been tightened since last year.

He said: "Any speaker who is believed to have said something homophobic will not be allowed to use our premises, whether that is us organising an event or someone else. As for the condemnation of homophobia, our director has gone on the record on this. I can see where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is coming from. That £100 fine was a slap on the wrist. One of the things that needs to be noted is that there are a small number of extremists in our community that are stirring things up. We have done as much as we possibly can. The LGBT community need to take that in good faith."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/gay-rights-london-mosques


I hope the Mosque keep their word and ban any speaker promoting homophobia. If the situation were reversed and speakers were promoting the abuse of Muslims my view would be exactly the same, it's wrong Evil or Very Mad

I wish people would be a little more accepting of each other's differences, the world would be a much better place. Let's face it if we were all the same life would be pretty dull No

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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:26 am

I totally agree FtL; if the Muslim community really wants integration and to accept alongside the majority of British People they have to rise up against all kinds of hate preaching.

Incidentally, I am sure many Muslims here don't take issue with gays in general. But here those with a voice in Islam are similar to those with a voice in Catholicism. And they are VERY conservative in their views. But this must change, and I feel confident it will Smile

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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:38 am

eilzel wrote:I totally agree FtL; if the Muslim community really wants integration and to accept alongside the majority of British People they have to rise up against all kinds of hate preaching.

Incidentally, I am sure many Muslims here don't take issue with gays in general. But here those with a voice in Islam are similar to those with a voice in Catholicism. And they are VERY conservative in their views. But this must change, and I feel confident it will Smile

~Oh and MrD, gives us a chance mate wasn't online long last night Wink

Hi Eilzel I love you xxx Good to see you, hope you are well.

I hope you're right and things change. A 21% rise is gay hate crime is disgusting Sad

To allow people to create "an atmosphere in which hate is socially acceptable", to "spread a message in which maiming and violence is the most dutiful, honourable, devout thing to do" is disgraceful Evil or Very Mad


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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:41 am

Feelthelove wrote:

Hi Eilzel I love you xxx Good to see you, hope you are well.

I hope you're right and things change. A 21% rise is gay hate crime is disgusting Sad

To allow people to create "an atmosphere in which hate is socially acceptable", to "spread a message in which maiming and violence is the most dutiful, honourable, devout thing to do" is disgraceful Evil or Very Mad


It is disgusting. And Muslims should know that with violent concentrations like that in predominantly Muslim areas, at some point, they will be pulled up on it. Thankfully, though I don't much like the Tories, I do believe they are better of thr 3 main parites to tackle this Twisted Evil

I'm great btw, hows you? xxx

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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:52 am

eilzel wrote:

It is disgusting. And Muslims should know that with violent concentrations like that in predominantly Muslim areas, at some point, they will be pulled up on it. Thankfully, though I don't much like the Tories, I do believe they are better of thr 3 main parites to tackle this Twisted Evil

I'm great btw, hows you? xxx

Yes I agree. I'm good thanks, glad it's the weekend x


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Post by Guest on Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:24 am

eilzel wrote:~Oh and MrD, gives us a chance mate wasn't online long last night Wink

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