we at the spittoon have for some time been a target for the not-very-impressive “spinwatch” site, which appears to be the hobby-horse of strathclyde university’s answer to bob pitt, dr david miller. dr miller, we hardly need remind you, appears to think that spittoon authors are without exception rabid “neo-cons”, by which he appears to mean some sort of catch-all imperialism of liberal democracy imposed by force of arms on the bucolic, picaresque and entirely pacifist natives of the middle-east and south asia. as if this wasn’t bad (or inaccurate) enough, we are also supposed to be apostles of islamophobia; apparently it isn’t clear enough to someone who is supposed to be an academic that what we oppose is the virulent political ideology known as islamism – as well as other forms of religious and political extremism; jewish, christian, atheist, muslim, ethnicity-based – we are equal-opportunity anti-extremists, or we certainly try to be.
“More precision needed. There should be a stamp for that. MPN should be like LOL or TMI.”
i agree. what narks me somewhat (and no doubt there are all sorts of reasons why i am wrong about this) is that this is *precisely* what bothers me about statements about a) religious people and b) the tendentious-as-feck word “judeo-christian”.
“But there again – that’s a matter of fact, not something that can just be declared from the armchair as if it were self-evident. Are Muslims as “diverse” as any other group of people living in the UK? Are all groups living in the UK exactly as diverse as each other, neither more nor less? I don’t see why that would be the case. It’s certainly not impossible that there is something about Islam and/or the history of people who emigrate from majority-Muslim countries that makes Muslims as a group tend to be different from other people as groups, including being less “diverse.” That’s something to find out, not just to announce as a necessary truth. Or a sacred cow…”
By now it is becoming increasingly well known that the East London Mosque made a promise that it would not be allowing homophobic preachers into their premises. But it didn’t take long for news to break out of a meeting involving Yusuf Patel from a campaign group called SREIslam, a Christian group called SPUC (“Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child”) with Dilowar Khan, the Director of the ELM and the London Muslim Centre. All three groups are now partnered in a campaign against sex education in schools and with an emphasis on homosexuality.
In order to do so, Mr Gilligan incorrectly said that the leaders of SREIslamic – one of the groups invited to speak – were also members of an extremist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir. They have very publicly left that group, as has been noted by the very sources which often supply Mr Gilligan with his “news”.
LGBT, Feminist, Humanist and Muslim activists express their support for the East London Mosque’s significant statement promising to prevent its premises from being used as a platform for homophobic speakers.
The Mosque’s statement is an important step in building trust and goodwill in the local community.
We urge the Mosque to publicise its commitment through the local, Asian and religious media.
We celebrate diversity in the community and stand united with our neighbours against anti-Muslim bigotry and homophobia.
In the Open Letter sent out 7 June regarding the Gay Free Zone case (Anti-Gay Hate Crime Up 21% in Tower Hamlets:UK Gay and Feminist Activists, Writers and Publishers Demand Investigation into Leaders of “Gay-Free Zone” Campaign; Call on East London Mosque to Stop Providing Platform for Anti-Gay Hate, link here), a number of gay and feminist activists closed by saying:
When a campaign of professionally produced homophobic posters appeared in Whitechapel, the LGBT community were right to be angry. The posters showed a rainbow flag crossed out by a black diagonal with the slogan “gay free zone” and a couple of Qur’anic quotes:
Homophobia justified by the EMQ
“Arise and warn [EMQ 74:2]”
“And Fear Allah. Verily Allah is severe in punishment [EMQ 59:7]“
Johann Hari has written a piece calling for zero-tolerance on the question of Muslim homophobia. Thankfully, he has voiced his opinion without paying deference to the thinking which demands acceptance of the notion that Muslims ought to be allowed to practice homophobia because that happens to be one of their religious norms. So kudos to Johann for avoiding that particular kind of racism which cannot be said of so many of the liberal Left:
I was watching Question Time this evening and I had a revelation. I love Melanie Philips.
A controversial, some may say scandalous position, I grant you, but hear me out. What is the real danger that columnists like her present?
Is it their palaeolithic views? Nope. I defend to the death their right to hold them and express them – that is the way of a free society that they so abhor. Is it that they are given a forum to address others who are as impenetrably backward? Again nope. I like a Daily Mail reader. They are easy to spot, easy to upset – one knows exactly where one stands with them. Is it that they think all gay folk are involved in some perpetual, promiscuous, sleazy, sexual merry-go-round (and no straight folk are). They are entitled to their envy, aren’t they? Is it that they start sentences with “Part of the problem of being a liberal society, especially one obsessed with human rights” as if they are about to reveal the tip of an iceberg towards which we all are heading – like some homosexual, environmentally conscious, welfare-funded Titanic? Not in a country where political debate is encouraged. They are perpetually just a few seconds away from looking stupid.
Islamic Research and Education Academy conference this Sunday
London – 14 January 2011
The Ibis international hotel group has been accused by lesbian and gay human rights campaigners of “irresponsibly hosting conferences by extremist anti-gay hate preachers”.
The next conference by the Islamic Education and Research Academy (iERA) will be held on Sunday 16 January at the Ibis Hotel in Earl’s Court in London.
The Ibis group is being urged to cancel the iERA booking and “stop hosting speakers who variously incite homophobic hatred and the killing of gay people.”
The iERA has featured Muslim fundamentalist preachers who advocate the criminalisation of homosexuality and even the death penalty for same-sex acts. They argue that it is necessary to execute gays to keep society pure. They defend these extreme teachings about homosexuality as a model that should be followed by contemporary societies.
Iranian lesbian activist Kiana Firouz is currently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom after a controversy over the upcoming release of Cul de Sac. The film, which stars Firouz and includes explicit lesbian sex scenes, is based heavily on Firouz’s life and struggles as a lesbian in Iran.
Directors Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan posted the trailer on YouTube in December 2009 and since then, the Iranian government has attempted to deport Firouz back to Iran to be tried and punished for her crime of homosexuality. Firouz applied for refugee status in the UK, but was rejected.
If she is not granted asylum in the UK, she will be sent back to Iran, where the minimum punishment for homosexuality is 100 lashes. The punishment for “unrepentant” homosexuality, which Firouz’s LGBTQ activism clearly demonstrates, is public execution by hanging.
This is a re-post by of an article by Raziq first posted in August 2009
Fear mongering seems to have become a past time for some Muslims: the fear that the whole world is against Muslims and there are numerous forces out there wanting to undermine and destroy Islam. One of the chief instigators of this paranoid delusional mindset is an individual called Abdul Karim Hattin. This short biography of him appears on the Islamonline website:
Abdul Karim became a Muslim when he was 19 years old and now at 30, he has completed a degree in Media Studies at the University of Luton. He is the co-director and founder of Halaqah Media and Black Banner Media. He wrote the documentary From the Shadows…Exposing the New World Order.
This is a cross-post of an article by habibi from Harry’s Place
You have seen Abdul Karim “Spot The Fag” Hattin in action in this post. Alas he is not unusual. Let’s take a look at what some of the other preachers who have been welcomed in recent years at the East London Mosque and its London Muslim Centre have to say about gays.
As reported in this documentary, Khalid Yasin is an extremist, a 9/11 troofer and a fraudster. This is what he makes of homosexuality:
There’s no such thing as a Muslim having a non-Muslim friend. If you prefer the clothing of the kafirs over the clothing of the Muslims, most of those names that’s on most of those clothings is faggots, homosexuals and lesbians. [opening of the documentary]