Shame on Ofcom for describing what is actually a Civil Right to be a ‘sensitive issue’.
Being gay isn’t a sensitive issue, it’s a civil right.
No doubt the preachers of hate radio station has some degree of public funding?
Never mind “a civil right”. Through its international organisation (a muslim UN), in 1990 the muslim world rejected the concept of “universal human rights” (the Cairo Declaration). All the muslim countries of the world do not accept “human rights”, never mind civil rights. For them, it is sharia law — first and last. What makes you think muslims in Britan are any different? 40% of British muslims admit to wanting sharia law.
Shamnesty International has no problem supporting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Shamnesty is totally silent about the Cairo Declaration. If you give money to Shamnesty, write to them and ask them why they are silent when the organisation representing 1.3 billion muslims rejects the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
It’s not about them saying explicitly anti-gay things. Hizb ut Tahrir no longer says “kill homosexuals”. They just say “implement sharia law”, which has the same meaning but allows idiots to think “aw, that’s nice, some local colour”.
If this had been about race these channels would have been shut down for repeat offending.
They will continue their homophobic rants because they believe in them but they need to be told plan and simple that their nasty, vile beliefs have no place in this society (or any other).
Shut them down for pity sake and stop making excuses because they’re clearly too afraid of offending them…
How interesting that a ‘broadcaster’ suddenly become rather silent when Pink News requests a reply in relation to this story! The fact is some biased faith people cannot help themselves but stick their religious oar into the LGBT community time and again. There’s the Uniiversity of Manchester/homophobic rant that just made headlines too. Why are we so constantly under attack? and more to the point where is our official responce coming from? Who speaks up the the LGBT community anymore? Is it meant to be a dept. of government? Stonewall? Or is it just left to a handfull of LGBT people with the time and effort to put in a formal complaint? Just where is OUR official voice in this society to respond to this type of persistant homophobia ?
I am a very bright man, but I cannot get my head around the total hypocrisy of the men of Islam. Even early cultural sociologists like my namesake, Alan Edwards, found that homosexual acts between men in Islamic countries are “habitual”. On a more flippant note, I once had an Arab Islamic lover who declared that 90% of Arab men are homosexual … and the other 10% want to be! I don’t know…so I’m asking….is the Islamic TV Presenter basing his comments on anything that is actually written in the Koran/Qu’ran?
I can testify to two lovers being bought up Muslim and having had many childhood encounters with male relatives – they just can’t configure same sex home building and life partnerships – Much like ancient Greece they embrace man on man sex but abhor the setting up of a home together – hypocrites!
Most humans are bisexual; prison shows that even the hardest “straight” man will be flexible when the options are reduced. It’s the same with muslim countries. If women are locked up and shrouded, men will have sex with other men (or failing that, sheep and donkeys). It doesn’t mean they think have any pride in “being gay”. And quite often they will be those shouting loudest “kill him” about anyone suspected of being gay. I’ve had sex with men in arabic countries; even though they speak fluent English they cannot even speak about what transpired between us.
Ofcom, Ofgem, Ofwat, the whole lot of them are as useful as the press complaints commission. None of them have ever done anything yet except to say to the ‘offender’ now now, naughty naughty, do you do that again. It’s Ofcom that should be investigated as much as anyone else. After all they cost us millions and do exactly nothing. A quango.
“None of them have ever done anything”
However they have managed to secure huge funding for themselves in order to line their pockets.
These, and I say in inverted commas, “regulatory” bodies, regulate nothing.
All they do is report on whichever industry it is they are supposes to regulate.
We saw this only last week with OFTWAT telling us the prices were going up.
you know more of us need to complain
If they wish to live in a country where intolerance of being gay is de rigeur, then they should go and live in those countries, whether they are British citizens born here or whether they are immigrants. It’s time to put an end to this nonsense of pandering to their religious beliefs. I am sure that the majority of Muslim people, especially the men, do dislike gay people. Our immigration policy should be more like Australia’s. If you don’t have a job and if you don’t like it here, f off back home. then.
Islam is a bullying superstition that promotes misogyny, homophobia and hatred towards LGBT and anti-semitism all in the name of prophet who rape girls – digusting – lets see this comment blocked for fear of recrimination pinknews? And any so called moderate Muslim is as guilty by not standing up against this kind of hatred.
And if someone in a broadcast had said that Islam and Catholicism had been instrumental in some evil acts against humanity, he or she would face prosecutio, even though it is true.
I sense that the “call” was a set up enabling them to get their hate speech out “in context”. Very clever.
I really don’t mind being called evil, since its a religious construct I don’t buy into, as long as I can call them out as a bunch of fearful, hateful neanderthals.
The thought that the call was a set up did occur to me as well.
Any practicing Muslim knows how to repent.
Isn’t this effectively the same story Pink News published a few weeks ago?
Good investigation by PN.
Staircase2 is right that anti-gay material on the Islam Channel was covered recently in PN, but the story was edited to remove references to that station after the Islam Channel complained – http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/02/11/uk-muslim-tv-stations-criticised-by-ofcom-for-airing-homophobic-hate-speech/ – see the (premature) correction at the end.
It’s hard to see why the Islam Channel thought they would get away with claiming that they had never aired offensive views about gay people. Perhaps they didn’t understand the Ofcom decision. Perhaps they thought PN wouldn’t find the report. Perhaps they just didn’t care.
But I do find it interesting that they bothered to ask for a retraction of PN’s original story. I find it heartening that the Islam Channel did not wish the public to associate the channel with a presenter’s offensive comments.
It would be more heartening if they fired Dr Khan, whose views on a range of topics are distasteful.
Ofcom is a quango, our taxes pay for it. I call again for a reduction in taxes for gay people, if our rights are to be regularly trodden on and ignored by publicly funded bodies.
It isn’t just Islam who do this, it’s most organised religions and right-wing political movements. The Big Questions, on Sunday mornings on BBC1, regularly allows religious people to question people’s homosexuality and say it’s ‘wrong’ and ‘goes against the teachings of their imaginary being’.
To me it’s just all the same bigotry, using religion as an ‘excuse’ to attack people they for no logical reason today.
Being religious doesn’t make someone a ‘good person’, only being a good person does. And anyone can do that, without a book of fantasy written by male control freaks thousands of years ago, who thought that everything in the sky ‘revolved around them’.
OFCOM’s response is totally inadequate. Suppose this presenter had said, “Jews are the spawn of the devil”. Would the station still be broadcasting? Such double-standards.
Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: “No one shall br subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to protection of the law againsts such interference and attacks.” Obviously, there is a line to be drawn between expressing an opinion, osious as it may be, and denigration and hate-mongering, which is what this Article means by “attacks upon his honour and reputation.” To refer to a biological feature of a group of people as “evil” and to claim that they are responsible for the destruction of whole communities is an attach upon the hoinour and reputation of that community. This Article and the entire UDHR of these protections and all others to all people, not just to all except those whom some holy book tells us to hate.