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  1. ““Allah states, ‘If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally.’ Mental punishment means rebuke them, beat them, humiliate them, admonish and curse them, and beat them up. This command was sent in the beginning because capital punishment had not yet been sent down.””

    So an all powerful being(of which others are available) watched his followers carry out atrocious acts against other living beings then decided “that’s not enough” so sent word to kill instead? Mmhmm….

    1. Muhammad married a 6 year old girl and ‘consummated the marriage’ when she turned 9.

  2. So apparently because she got it from old books it’s not offensive? To be honest I find that idea more offensive than any of the bigoted content of her hate rant. There is little more morally bankrupt than trying to delegate responsibility for your bigotry onto a book of medieval fairytales and patriarchal strictures.

    To compound this with made-up statistics and exhortations to violent hate crime… why hasn’t this woman been locked up yet? Why is this radio station still broadcasting?

    Ye gods but I despise islam and its horrible brain-rotting ideas. People of Asian origin deserve much better than that for their culture. All people do.

    1. “…she had taken information from various religious books and didn’t realize that this was not allowed on the airwaves”.

      It’s a pretty pathetic non-apology, isn’t it? I wonder how she’d like it if someone resurrected some dusty “religious book” written by a Christian that referred to ‘benighted heathens’ and so forth?

      1. Hi Rehan, please see my apology to VP about hitting report on his/her comment instead of the “agree button”. My fat fingers did the same with your comment, so sorry about that! I agree with your point completely.

    2. Hi VP, I’m really sorry. Totally agree with your comment and attempted to tap the green “agree” with icon (I’m on my mobile), but hit report instead. Pinknews if you’re reading this comment please disregard my “report” mistake.

  3. Islam is evil, and its existence in this country is an affront to civilisation

    1. Julian Morrison 15 Jun 2012, 2:53pm

      No it is not, and you do yourself no favor by siding with the anti-reform types who WANT to see Islam as unavoidably opposed to gay rights.

      1. Can you state one thing that’s good about it?

      2. It would be helpful if there was any tangible evidence that significant numbers of Muslims in the UK (and elsewhere) supported gay rights though, wouldn’t it? Most of what we hear suggests quite the reverse.

    2. Islam itself is not evil. No religion can be considered evil. Evil, or the ability to carry out evil acts, comes from the human interpretation of said religion(s).

      1. Paddyswurds 15 Jun 2012, 7:23pm

        @….
        …All religion is evil because it hinders the natural progress and evolution of the human species and anyone who has ever read any of the books associated with any version of the Abrahamic cults knows this. Infanticide, murder, jealousy, misogyny, homophobia Slavery and a myriad other evils are contained in these supposedly “holy books” How any sane and rational being can possibly say that the religions they espouse are not evil really needs a wake up call.

        1. I’m confused, first you say “all religion” but then reference “Abrahamic cults”, which clearly implies Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Which is it?

          I ask because if you literally mean ALL religion, I take umbrage as it is simply not true. Many faiths are accepting of LGBT individuals: Paganism, neo-paganism, Wicca, Druidism, Buddhism (in the rare cases where intolerance towards homosexuality is found within Buddhists, it can always be traced to cultural origins, not faith based ones). Further, many aboriginal faiths hold homo/bisexuals in high regard as well.

          I would also say that many religions do not hinder progress but co-exist with it, happily sitting side by side. Some faiths simply exist to bring spiritual comfort without control, others seek the opposite – to control both members and the world. The Abrahamic faiths represent the worst of religion, but others like many of the pagan/neo-pagan paths, Buddhism and so on represent the best.

          1. Paddyswurds 16 Jun 2012, 12:02pm

            However Carl, religion in general is an irrational concept which has no place in modern society. We now know where the Sun goes at night and that it doesn’t drown in the ocean or need rituals in order to rise again tomorrow. This believe it or not was the basis for most religions.

        2. Paddyswurds 16 Jun 2012, 11:57am

          ooops omission typo… …..species, but anyone who has read any [… …]of the Abrahamic Cults in particular know this. Thanks to Carlfor pointing out my omission.

    3. I look forward to the day when the majority of people who call themselves muslims have no truck with homophobia, misogyny, theism, outdated patriarchal attitudes and the many other excrescences of backward bigotry that currently lurk within their religion and their culture. But we have a long way to go before that happens.

      Can islamic religions change and become tolerant and progressive? Undoubtedly they can – they’re human cultural constructs like any other, and what we make we can unmake or remake to better fit our needs. But until these attitudes have been reformed, until a significant drive towards reforming them, or even an enthusiasm for their reform, shows itself then I fail to see why we should not call them evil. We call misogyny, homophobia and bigotry evil in other contexts after all.

      We are, fortunately, seeing the beginnings of reform. There are people trying to change the inherited prejudices. But things wont really change unless we spell out how unacceptable those are.

      1. Are we going to hold Christianity to the same standard? It seems to me that Christianity has a longer and darker record of homophobia even than Islam.

      2. Paddyswurds 15 Jun 2012, 7:27pm

        @VP…
        …..See my comment above and apply your comment to all faiths. Religion is the evilsest malady ever to have befallen mankind….

        1. Paddyswurds 15 Jun 2012, 7:28pm

          Evilest**

          1. David Myers 17 Jun 2012, 2:27am

            I agree with regard to the big picture. But we must have some perspective. True christians do a lot of good and don’t condone hate or violence – they I respect. Same can be said for monorities in most religions including muslims. That being said, most religions have a long way to go before the good they do out balance the evil that has been done over time in their names.

  4. That There Other David 15 Jun 2012, 1:13pm

    Asian Fever is the perfect description for Islam IMO. Definitely a symptom of someone who is ill.

    1. That There Other David 15 Jun 2012, 1:14pm

      Oh, and before anyone accuses me of being racist, I’m down on all religions. Waste of finite life if you ask me.

  5. “The station added that the presenter “sincerely apologized for the offence that she caused and explained that she had taken information from various religious books and didn’t realize that this was not allowed on the airwaves”.

    Radio Asian Fever said the presenter had stated “nothing could have been further from her mind than the desire to offend any member of the general public…[and that] she believes in equality and that everyone is of equal value”. ”

    Was she just reading these from a book without thinking then? I doubt it.

    Religious homophobia is bad but downright lying about things is even worse!

    1. “You mean my mouth was forming words from a book that formented anti gay sentiments and got broadcast on local radio? How on earth could that have happened?!?!”
      Her excuse would insult the intelligence of a 3 year old.
      This time next week our serialisation of Mein Kampf – practical life lessons for a happier reich.

  6. Oh where to start with this?

    Hiding behind religion to spout homophobia these days just does not wash!

    “sincerely apologized for the offence that she caused and explained that she had taken information from various religious books and didn’t realize that this was not allowed on the airwaves”. So where was the producer of the show when she must have presented this to him/her. Both producer and presenter should know what is acceptable to broadcast.

    Radio Asian Fever said the presenter had stated “nothing could have been further from her mind than the desire to offend any member of the general public…[and that] she believes in equality and that everyone is of equal value”. Except if you happen to be gay.

    And where on earth did she find those statistics from, scratching around the web and just plucked out some numbers it would seem.

    Both the host and producer should be prosecuted for inciting homophobia

  7. We shouldn’t allow any religion or philosophy to drive this country backwards; we’ve moved past this kind of ignorance and we shouldn’t tolerate it in the name of religious freedom.

    I’m glad Ofcom stepped in, but the punishments should be harsher – close the radio station down to send out a message.

  8. Ban Her.
    Period.

    1. Prosecute her. Period.

  9. Great to see OfCOM recognise that freedom of religion is no excuse for hatred

  10. “Among women who are victims of homicide, 21% are victims of homosexuality too”
    The rest of her diatribe is pretty bigoted but this bit goes off at the deep end.
    Is she implying that lesbians are more likely to be murdered, in which case she might want to ask what would incite people to murder lesbians, or is she just pulling dubious non-sequiter stats out of her ass?

  11. These retarded superstitious bigots need to understand that they cannot dictate to us their outdated – ‘beliefs’ just because their blind ignorant faith tells them so.

    Homosexuality is natural
    organised brainwashing and unjustified hatred is a life style that should be obliterated from the planet.

    I think this islamic bitch represents one the of greatest living arguments for mercy killing!

    1. Paddyswurds 15 Jun 2012, 3:18pm

      She was probably spouting this bronze rubbish from inside her tent, imposed on her by her husband because he can’t stand the sight of the bitch….He was probably at home with his Bachi Bazi while she was spreading this bigotry and dangerous nonsense.

      1. Paddyswurds 16 Jun 2012, 12:04pm

        bronze age…**

  12. This woman is a disgrace and she’s dangerous, she needs to be sacked immediately
    Anything else is a slap in the face to victims of what was clearly a call to arms

  13. The heavy irony in this revolting diatribe is that this woman spouts such hatred against a “minority”. As a woman in a religion which considers women to be subservient to men, and in a religion which has been the target of much hatred and anger (for whatever reason), one would think she would somewhat more tolerant.

    Just goes to show that hate encourages hate.

    There is no excuse for her revolting outbursts, and regardless of her personal opinions, she should be removed from the air.

  14. In other news, Phillip II of Spain gives assurances that he respects the equality and dignity of Protestants and that the Inquisition has never been intended to give them offence.

  15. Jock S. Trap 15 Jun 2012, 4:03pm

    Absolutely disgusting that this should be happening anywhere let alone In the UK?

    It was clearly intended to incite violence and hatred and was completely unacceptable.

    I fail to see How the radio station did not know the content of the program aired… Surely all programs are checked for content before hitting the airwaves?

    I doubt the believe that the station didn’t know and in fact believed they would have gotten away with it.

    The program, the radio station was ill advised to think old books made things less offensive.

    It is clear these people go against British law and should be dealt with in a harsh and appropriate way.

    1. Radio Asian Fever is a community radio station so, in all likelihood she is left alone to produce her own content of the show. The station should have a policy on offensive content, with guidelines as to what is considered suitable for broadcast. She should have signed a disclaimer, stating that she has read and understood this, although it is all entirely possible that the station does not have this policy in place. It certainly sounds like it.

      I volunteer for a community radio station in Aberdeen, producing and presenting a weekly LGBT radio show and, in five years, have managed to produce some hard hitting content without causing the kind of offense that this woman has. If this happened at my station, and it prompted an ofcom investigation, my time volunteering with the station would be over. And rightly so. She should be given the push.

  16. This is also anti-gay Christians incite crime against gays and other minorities.

  17. Religion-The last refuge of the bigot. (In some cases.)

    If you are inclined to bullying and bigotry, what a blessing it must be.

  18. Why hasn’t she been arrested? Surely if she’d said these things on the street she would have been?

    1. The matter may be worthy of reference to the police, maybe you are the one to make the referral – Finny?

  19. Homophobes are cowards and this just goes to show it they are- individually and instructionally!!!!! Pathetic cowards! If you are going to preach it, have the bullocks to stand by your convictions. to embarrassingly back down and deny your intent rather than defend yourself when found out, just goes to prove you are a disgusting, yellow-belly coward.

  20. Kornelijus Norvidas 15 Jun 2012, 5:56pm

    ‘Il Radio del Vaticano’ sends this every day. And – nothing. Yes, relationships are everything.

  21. “nothing could have been further from her mind than the desire to offend any member of the general public…[and that] she believes in equality and that everyone is of equal value”.

    What a load of total rubbish. Radio Asian Fever really thinks that anyone who heard (or read) the statements made in her programs believes for one second that she doesn’t hate gay people to the core?
    Radio Asian Fever should be punished very severly for being the hate-speech promoting radio station it is.

  22. Close the damn station down and put that evil mouthed female away from the public somewhere for as long as possible.

  23. maybe SHE should take a look at WOMEN in HER religion…..shoould SHE be even allowed to be talking on the radio???

  24. Robin Evans 15 Jun 2012, 10:17pm

    Sick bitch…

  25. Paddyswurds 15 Jun 2012, 11:18pm

    @….
    …All religion is evil because it hinders the natural progress and evolution of the human species and anyone who has ever read any of the books associated with any version of the Abrahamic cults knows this. Infanticide, murder, jealousy, misogyny, homophobia Slavery and a myriad other evils are contained in these supposedly “holy books” How any sane and rational being can possibly say that the religions or faiths they espouse are not evil really needs a wake up call.

    1. Paddyswurds 16 Jun 2012, 12:05pm

      …of the Abrahamic Cults in particular **

  26. The verse in question was historically interpreted to speak against extra-marital intercourse, not homosexuality (so all you straight adulterers out there, it applies to you!). Had she used it as a call for marriage equality, I might consider her actions well intentioned – using it to rail against homosexuals seems to me to display only woeful ignorance of her own religion and vile prejudice.

    Her protestations of belief in the equality of everyone do not convince me.

  27. Wow – a fascinating article. A muslim woman allowed to go on a radio station and speak her own mind without being chaperoned. Whatever next.

  28. Are the Police involved, any arrests yet?

  29. There should be arrests in this case. Despite the obviously disingenuous apologies. I would shut the radio station down for this. They allowed her to get to the end of her vile rant.

  30. Oh… my… god.

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