Senior Muslim doctor denies writing anti-gay letter

Divya Guha July 23, 2007
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A homophobic Muslim doctor is being disciplined for saying that homosexuals, “need the stick of law to put them on the right path” and that they deserve neither help nor pity.

This Hippocratic slur comes from a doctor who is the President of the Islamic Medical Association, which claims to represent 99% of the UK Muslim community.

The offending medic, Dr Muhammad Siddiq, wrote in a letter to doctor’s magazine Pulse:

“There is punishment and fine if you throw rubbish or filth in the streets. The gays are worse than the ordinary careless citizen.

“They are causing the spread of disease with their irresponsible behaviour. They are the root of many sexually transmitted diseases.”

The letter went on to call a depressed transsexual awaiting gender reassignment “twisted.”

Dr Siddiq denies that he authored the letter and claims his son was playing a “cynical spoof” on him by forcing him to sign the letter and sending it to Pulse, a magazine for GPs.

When the magazine contacted Dr Siddiq for further comment, he made no effort to deny his views.

Allegedly, he has privately told his colleagues that he had actually written the letter.

When the magazine published extracts of the letter’s contents, his employers, Walsall PCT Primary Care Trusts, called him to discuss his views.

Gay rights group Stonewall criticised Dr Siddiq’s comments as proof that homophobia exists in certain pockets of the medical community.

The chair of the Muslim Health Network Dr Khalid Wyne condemned his remarks:

“Sexual orientation should not interfere in a GP’s judgement of the health needs of a patient,” he told the Daily Mail.

The controversy is further bad press for the Muslim medical community still trying to come to terms with recent allegations of NHS doctors supporting terror plots.

Dr Siddiq’s PCT disciplinary hearing will be held next week.

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