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07 February 2008

  • 7th February 2008

    Homophobic Islamic cleric to be extradited to US 5

    US authorities want to put Hamza on trial for allegedly running a terrorist “training camp“ in Oregon between 1998 and 2000.

    7:50 PM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is be extradited to the United States to face terrorist charges, the Home Secretary has announced.In 2006 he was convicted and jailed for seven years by a British court on charges of inciting murder and race hate.His numerous lectures and sermons targeted homosexual vicars, the tourist industry, the Royal Family and women in bikinis.

  • LGBT Muslims condemn ban on homophobic preacher 19

    The Home Office today announced  Dr al-Qaradawi would be refused entry over concerns his presence “could foster inter-community violence.“

    6:45 PM — Europe's largest support group for Muslim LGBT people has expressed concern that the decision to bar a controversial Islamic scholar from the UK could contribute to Islamophobia.Imaan has released a statement joining mainstream Muslim groups concerned at the Home Office decision to ban Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

  • Politicians dismiss Archbishop’s Islamic law comments 50

    A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

    6:30 PM — The Prime Minister's spokesman has distanced him from comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the introduction of aspects of Sharia law in the UK.Dr Rowan Williams said earlier today that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and added that people should not imagine "we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

  • Romney withdraws from White House race

    He was weakened by defeat in Iowa at the hands of Huckabee and in New Hampshire at the hands of McCain.

    6:02 PM — Mitt Romney has dropped out of the contest to become the Republican party nominee for President of the United States.The former Governor of Massachusetts met with aides most of yesterday to discuss his next step.On Tuesday, when almost half of the states chose a Republican candidate, he was roundly defeated by Senator John McCain and lost a string of Southern states to Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas.

  • California and New York gays voted for Hillary 7

    Senator Clinton, 60, won eight states, including many with large populations and therefore a high number of delegates.

    4:10 PM — Exit polling during Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries in two key states found that a clear majority of gay, lesbian and bisexual voters supported Hillary Clinton.The Advocate reports that in California, the most populous state in the US, 4% of voters told pollsters they are gay, lesbian or bisexual and 63% voted for the Former First Lady, with 29% voting for Barack Obama.In New York, the only other state where voters were asked about their sexuality, 7% said they were LGB.

  • Police will target drugs at Sydney Mardi Gras 2

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

    3:50 PM — New South Wales police have warned gay revellers at Australia's biggest party that they have a zero tolerance approach to drugs.Sydney's month of Mardi Gras celebrations culminates on March 1st with the world-famous parade and a Sleaze Ball and the Good Vibrations music festival attended by more than 35,000 people.Police said they will be using sniffer dogs and more than 100 officers to stop people using drugs. Last year 20 people were charged with possession at last year's parade.

  • “Gay wedding” men released from jail in Senegal 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalises homosexuality.

    3:35 PM — A group of men arrested in Senegal on suspicion of homosexuality have been released from prison.Seven arrested last weekend in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, were released yesterday, according to Radio France Internationale.The arrests followed the publication in local magazine Icones photographs of a "marriage ceremony" between two Senegalese men.Sources report that the photographs were sold to the magazine by the photographer for 1,500,000 CFA francs (£1,500).

  • Sharia law will be recognised in UK predicts Archbishop 51

    Dr Rowan Williams said that a “constructive accommodation“ must be found over issues such as divorce.

    3:15 PM — The head of the Anglican communion has said he think it is "unavoidable" that some parts of Muslim Sharia law will be adopted in Britain.Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams said that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and said that people should not imagine "that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."However, the Archbishop went on to criticise the practice of Sharia law in some Muslim states.

  • Gay journalist gets his own radio show 2

    “Andrew combines wit and charm with an incisive political brain.“

    2:40 PM — One of the most prominent journalists in the country is to take up presenting duties at a London radio station.Andrew Pierce, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been given his own Sunday morning show on LBC 97.3FM.Last year Mr Pierce was named as the sixth most powerful LGBT person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list.Andrew Pierce And Friends is a weekend politics and current affairs programme, starting on Sunday 2nd March at 11am.

  • Interest rate fall good news for homeowners 1

    An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.

    1:45 PM — LGBT homeowners will benefit from another reduction in interest rates by the Bank of England, the second in three months.The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to reduce rates by a quarter of one percent to 5.25 per cent.An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.The US Federal reserve last month slashed rates by a total of 1.25 per cent.

  • Dutch OK with gay, atheist, female Prime Minister 1

    Given the Dutch reputation for tolerance, some of the figures are surprising. photo: thepatrick@flickr.com

    1:10 PM — 78% of voters in Holland would be comfortable with a homosexual leader, a wide-ranging opinion poll has revealed.Under a third would find an Islamic Prime Minister acceptable, while just 33% would be happy with a fundamentalist Christian.21,000 members of popular TV programme EenVandaag's opinion panel gave their views.34% would accept a PM who visits prostitutes and 26% one who took hard drugs such as heroin.

  • Christians present petition opposing gay adoption 9

    Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA unsuccessfully tried to opt out of gay adoptions on religious grounds.

    12:55 PM — A lobby group called the Christian People's Alliance (CPA) has presented a petition with 838 signatures to Sheffield City Council protesting that gay people can adopt.The action was inspired by the case of former magistrate Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA, who tried unsuccessfully to opt out of approving gay adoptions on religious grounds.A key part of his case was that as a magistrate he has to act in the best interests of the child and that placing them with gay people was detrimental to them.

  • Judge reduces hate church compensation payout 1

    Members of the church have led over 22,000 demonstrations since 1991.

    12:35 PM — Westboro Baptist Church must pay $5m (£2.5m) in compensation to a soldier's father who sued them for protesting outside his son's funeral a judge has ruled.At an earlier hearing last October Albert Synder was awarded $10.9m for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • Met Police host History Month conference

    The Met will be holding two internal film screenings in February at New Scotland Yard to celebrate LGBT History Month.

    12:20 PM — February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month, and among the hundreds of events across the country, the Metropolitan Police Service hosted a one day conference at New Scotland Yard on Monday.Met staff and officers joined others from the Crown Prosecution Service, youth workers and local LGBT forums to discuss compound discrimination, homophobic bullying and hate crime research.A number of events including MPS LGBT community forums will be taking place across London.

  • Hate preacher refused UK entry visa 19

    al-Qaradawi is banned from entering the United States, but has visited Sweden and France in recent times.

    12:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death has been denied entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he spoke at an event in City Hall as a guest of London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

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