MCB not to fight homophobia April 24, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Islam, Media.
Well, the MCB didn't respond to my emails, but I did come across this in yesterday's Observer: Muslims are accused of gay U-turn
The plan was hailed as a breakthrough by gay rights campaigners and a sign the organisation was looking to distance itself from comments made earlier this year by its secretary general, Sir Iqbal Sacranie, who described homosexuals as 'harmful, immoral, unacceptable and diseased'.
But it has emerged that the council has rejected Aziz's claims. Inayat Bunglawala, its spokesman, insisted Aziz's views did not represent those of the MCB. He told the Islam TV Channel: 'There is no truth in these quotes. Our position is very clear, our Secretary General was nearly prosecuted for this because we maintain that homosexual relationships are sinful in Islam.'
Aziz declined to comment, telling The Observer that the MCB's attempts to distance itself from his comments was a 'matter for the MCB'.
Note how the writer (Jamie Doward) caricatures and misrepresents Sacranie's comments, placing "harmful, immoral, unacceptable and diseased" in speech quotes as though Sacranie had said these words in succession! Not so. Moreover, Sacranie was discussing same-sex partnerships and homosexual relationships, not homosexuals themselves. There is a crucial difference there, as any writer should know.
More on the matter at PinkNews: Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute