Rainbow Hamlets, a LGBT group based in London’s Islamic enclave of Tower Hamlets have strongly criticized East London Mosque / London Muslim Centre for their defence of homophobic hate preacher Ibrahim Hewitt . ELM/LMC defended him following Oxfam pulling an event at the mosque after finding guest speaker Hewitt had said gay people should be severely punished under Islamic law. The controversial mosque claimed he wasn’t homophobic and would work with him again.
Did anybody expect any different kind of response from ELM ? Hosting hate preachers is almost a weekly thing for them. Every time it gets brought up publicly their spokesman will give an excuse and claim that they now have policies in place to not host hate preachers. Nothing changes and they carry on as normal. If it’s not some religious mullah targeting gays. It’s another Jew bashing, promoting jihad, calling for apostates and blasphemers to be killed or cursing the Kufr.
The mosque is controlled by the fascist Islamic Forum Of Europe who oppose British freedom and democracy. Azad Ali IFE’s community affairs coordinator and a UAF leader ,is quoted as saying, “Democracy, if it means at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no one agrees with that” The Islamists who control the mosque are as much racist bigots as neo-nazi white supremacist groups. Only their hate is for all people non-Islamic.
Rainbow Hamlets criticises East London Mosque for defending ‘homophobe’
Ibrahim Hewitt says he is not homophobic
Rainbow Hamlets said the mosque’s decision to stand by Ibrahim Hewitt means it “does not understand what homophobia is or how it is spread”.
Two weeks ago the charity Oxfam pulled an event at the mosque’s London Muslim Centre over headline speaker Hewitt’s homophobic writings.
The mosque defended Mr Hewitt, saying he was not homophobic and it would work with him again.
Yesterday, Rainbow Hamlets chair Jack Gilbert offered to engage with the mosque to teach its leaders about homophobia, and called for all partners in the council’s No Place for Hate forum to reject Hewitt’s views.
Was the mosque right to defend Ibrahim Hewitt?
He said: “Homophobia is about hatred and the spreading of myths and slurs which dehumanise and demean.”
Referring to Mr Hewitt’s book, he said: “We do not believe lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people are ‘slaves to their lusts, devoid of decent tastes, morals or lifestyle’.
“We do not believe LGBT people should ever be murdered for who they are, whether here or overseas.”
“We do not believe such ideas require any equivocation – all partners should reject them out of hand without exception.”
Mr Gilbert, who has worked with the mosque in the past, called for open dialogue to “learn from this situation and work together to build a world free of hatred and persecution”.
A mosque spokesman, responding to Rainbow Hamlets, said: “The East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre will continue dialogue with partners through Tower Hamlets’ No Place for Hate forum, with the objective to better understand all forms of hatred and work towards eradicating hatred from our society.”
He added: “There are topics that will challenge various communities and we will face them with sensitivity, respect and continuous learning.”