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Reading University Cancels "Kill Gays" Islamist Preacher


Reading University Cancels "Kill Gays" Islamist Preacher

Cleric’s advocacy of murder ignored in cancellation decision

Muslim Society not rebuked for hosting a murder-approving speaker

London - 28 February 2013

Reading University has cancelled today’s scheduled speech by "kill the gays" Islamist preacher Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, which was to be hosted by the university’s Muslim Society.

“Thahabi endorses the murder of gay people and of Muslims who give up their faith. He says women are deficient and encourages the beating of little girls who refuse to wear the hijab,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights lobby, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“While this cancellation is welcome, the stated reasons for the cancellation are inadequate.

“The university authorities say the event was cancelled due to threats of violent protests from the far right EDL. However, they have failed to condemn the Muslim Society for inviting Thahabi.

“Offering him a platform clearly violated the equal opportunities and non-discrimination policies of the university and the student’s union. He should have never been invited in the first place.

“Women, Muslim and LGBT students have a right to go to university without being menaced and threatened by hate preachers.

“Thahabi’s hateful, violent views are not shared by most Muslims in Britain,” said Mr Tatchell.

See this online local Reading press report of the meeting’s cancellation, posted at 19.30 last night:
http://bit.ly/VaxxXY

Here is a statement by the anti-extremist group, Student Rights:
http://bit.ly/XENa9Q

Below is a briefing about Abu Usamah at-Thahabi’s history of murderous incitements, sexism and threats against fellow Muslims.

A letter had been sent by the Peter Tatchell Foundation to the Vice Chancellor of Reading University, David Bell, protesting at the university's decision to host Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, on the grounds that Thahabi had been filmed by Channel Four’s Dispatches programme justifying the murder of gay people. Incitement to murder is a serious criminal offence.

Here is a copy of this letter.

Vice-Chancellor, Reading University

Dear David Bell,

I understand that Mr. Abu Usamah at-Thahabi is giving a talk at the University of Reading on Thursday, 28th February 2013.

This individual has incited hatred and murder of homosexuals. He has abused his right to free speech and infringed the right of LGBT people to go about their lives without threats or fear.

Please click on this link for more evidence of Mr at-Thahabi's history of preaching hate and violence against LGBT people: http://bit.ly/QxFCVz

It is not good enough to monitor his presence on Thursday. His conduct before attending the University of Reading needs to weigh heavily upon any decision to permit him onto university property.

Allowing him to speak at your university would be a de facto reward for incitement to homophobic violence.

I would urge you to deny him a platform or hospitality, as it would be an insult to past/present/future LGBT individuals attending your university.

If Mr Abu Usamah at-Thahabi's previous remarks had called for the murder of Jewish or black people I am sure he would not be permitted to speak at your university.

I urge you to not collude with a man who incites murder, and to not adopt double standards on incitements to racist and homophobic violence.

Equality for all. Hatred against none.

Yours with best wishes,

Peter Tatchell
Director
Peter Tatchell Foundation


Background Briefing on Abu Usamah at-Thahabi

Abu Usamah at-Thahabi has previously urged that gay people should be punished with death.

“Do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain,” Thahabi was recorded as saying by Channel Four’s Dispatches programme.

“If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”

On Muslims who leave the faith he said: “Kill him in the Islamic state...If the Imam wants to crucify him, he should crucify him. The person is put up on the wood and he’s left there to bleed to death for three days.”

He was filmed by Channel Four deriding women as “deficient”, inferior to men and religiously and intellectually “incomplete.”

He advocates violence against little girls who refuse to wear the hijab: “She should start hijab from the age of seven, by the age of ten it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her.”

Thahabi was caught on camera making these incitements while addressing worshippers at the Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

When he was later interviewed by Channel 4 News, he refused to withdraw or apologise for his comments.

Further information:

Peter Tatchell

Web: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org

ENDS

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