An Islamic preacher who urged for gay people to be thrown off mountains and says homosexuality is an “abominable action which goes against humanity” has been barred from attending an event at the University of East London.
Murtaza Khan was due to speak at UEL’s Islamic Society’s Annual Dinner on Thursday along with Uthman Lateef – but it’s now been cancelled following concerns expressed by campaigners.
Anti-extremist group Student Rights reports both men are known for their extreme homophobic views.
Lateef has previously said: “We don’t accept homosexuality…we hate it because Allah hates it”, whilst Khan has suggested that the Bible recommends Christians throw gay people from the tops of mountains.
A YouTube video published November 2011 shows him saying that homosexuality is an “abominable action which goes against humanity”. He warns: “Don’t commit homosexuality, don’t commit that evil sin”.
Khan is also incensed at the idea of gay Muslims. He shouts: “Gay Muslim societies! Flamboyant enough to boast about their homosexuality and their lesbian acts,” before adding, “Boy don’t boast in front of me because you ain’t no man!”
On Thursday, the University of East London released a statement.
It said: “The Islamic Society will not be permitted to use any of UEL’s facilities or premises to host this event. We have made it very clear to the organisers that the University will not tolerate segregation or hatred in any form.”
In response human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said: “This [is] a victory for equality and humanitarian values. Sincere thanks to the University of London for rejecting hate preachers and discrimination”.
He added: “The swift, positive response of UEL stands in contrast to some other universities which, in the name of tolerance, collude with Islamist intolerance by allowing extremist preaching on university premises”.