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Pink News misrepresents Qaradawi’s views on homosexuality

16 September 2010 One Comment Email This Post Email This Post

There’s a report published today at Pink News entitled “Ken Livingstone promises new gay rights measures if elected London mayor”. Having given a sympathetic account of Ken’s newly announced policies in support of the LGBT community, the article ends:

“He has a good gay rights record, implementing the first civil partnerships register for gay couples in London in 2001. However, he was criticised in 2005 for inviting to London and embracing the homophobic Islamist cleric Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has called for gays and lesbians to be killed.”

Leaving aside the fact that Ken didn’t invite Qaradawi to London, and that the visit took place in 2004, let us state one more time: Qaradawi does not call for “gays and lesbians to be killed”.

One Comment »

  1. Wrong.

    “In his book, The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam, Qaradawi denounces homosexuality as “perverted” and “abominable”. He says it is an “aberration” and an “unnatural, foul and illicit practice”, punishable by death. The IslamOnline website, which Qaradawi supervises as chief scholar, endorses the “burning” and “stoning” of sodomites.”

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