Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Or so says Sir Iqbal Sacranie, top dog at the MCB. It certainly is in countries that practise hardline sharia law – it can cost you your life.

Now I know the Church isn't that big on homosexuality, but find me a “moderate” Christian who agrees with Ken's favourite “moderate” Muslim, Dr Al-Qaradawi, that gays don't have the right to live.

From the Times:
Homosexuality is immoral and spreads disease, and civil partnerships are damaging to society, according to Britain’s most senior Muslim leader.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the head of the Muslim Council of Britain, said that same-sex relationships risked damaging the foundations of society, and scientific evidence showed that homosexuality carried high health risks.
Asked on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme if homosexuality was harmful to society, he replied: “Certainly it is a practice that in terms of health, in terms of the moral issues that comes along in a society, it is. It is not acceptable.
No sir - in 21st century Britain it is your archaic and intolerant views that are unacceptable. But give yourself a pat on the back - you've managed to unite both Labour and Tory MPs with this little outburst:
Alan Duncan, the most prominent openly gay Conservative MP, said: “This is an absurd medieval view. One should separate the religious from the secular. Such general condemnation is no longer acceptable in a civilised modern world.”

Stephen Pound, the Labour MP for Ealing North, said: “It’s a cruel and vicious blow to strike against people who are born the way they are. We are living in 21st-century northern Europe, not 7th-century Arabia. It may come as a shock to Mr Sacranie, but I know many gay Muslims who are living perfectly normal, decent lives.”
Quite. Whether it's being spewed from the mouths of Jamaican dancehall artists or “moderate” Muslims, homophobic views like Sacranie's should be challenged at every opportunity. Shame the likes of Ken Livingstone and Madeline Bunting fail to do so on a regular basis.


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