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Putin’s Propagandist at the Guardian

There’s a remarkable piece on Comment is Free by Putin’s Propagandist in Chief: Dmitri Kisilev. Kisilev is the Deputy General Director of the Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.
It contains this gem:
Russian journalists are free to tackle difficult issues in their reporting without fear of government sanction. To take one such issue, unlike in [...]

‘Dr Naseem. Frankly, get a grip!’

Mohammed Naseem’s bigoted and offensive statements on homosexuality were reported shortly after it was announced that Peter Tatchell was to become a patron of Tell MAMA, whose other patrons include IMAAN, the LGBT Muslim support group.  Now Tell MAMA has issued a strong statement unequivocally condemning Naseem’s words. Here’s an extract:
The Huffington Post piece lists [...]

Student journalists attacked for challenging homophobic preachers

This is a cross-post from Student Rights
Last week both Yusuf Chambers of the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) and UthmanLateef appeared at the University of Nottingham as part of ‘Discover Islam Week’.
Given that both these speakers have a record of expressing homophobic sentiment, student journalists both approached LGBT Network members and questioned the two men on their beliefs.
Calls for intolerant speakers [...]

Real Student Rights vs Student Rights

Yesterday Real Student Rights drew attention to a joint statement which has recently been released by Nottingham University’s Islamic Society and LGBT network. The writers express concern that reporters from the Tab newspaper had been trying to stir up antagonism between the two groups in the wake of events featuring Uthman Lateef and Yusuf Chambers as part [...]

The emancipation sequence

Further to Sarka’s excellent piece taking apart Christina Odone’s lament about religious beliefs not being given their due weight in public life, I’d like to draw attention to this in the SkepticLawyer:-
Christina Odone, former deputy editor of The New Statesman, in the course of arguing that religious believers are being pushed out of public life [...]

Ibrahim Hewitt and the East London Mosque

Last week Oxfam cancelled an event at the East London Mosque where Ibrahim Hewitt of Interpal was due to speak. Oxfam said:
We believe that nobody should face discrimination due to their sexual orientation. We are concerned at comments about homosexuality attributed to Mr Hewitt, of which we were previously unaware, and the event has [...]

Houston mayor has to leave Texas to wed

Annise Parker (right) and Kathy Hubbard
Annise Parker, mayor of the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States, had to go to California to marry her longtime partner Kathy Hubbard.
The governor and legislature of Texas (and every other state that doesn’t permit same-sex marriage) should be ashamed.

Another US Anti-Gay Group Head Speaks In Jamaica

This is a cross-post from Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion
From J. Lester Feder at Buzzfeed:
An anti-gay activist from Massachusetts has warned Jamaicans that repealing the country’s sodomy provision would end freedom of speech and lead to a surge of sexually transmitted diseases during a rally in Kingston.
Brian Camenker, founder of MassResistance, was the keynote speaker at an event [...]

Nauseous Menk

So the Islamic preacher Ismail Menk is in the UK now. However, it appears that his university tour has been cancelled.
This is probably a good thing for the poor man. He might be in proximity to homosexuals on a university campus. And he doesn’t like that one bit. Listen to this [...]

Ismail Menk on Homosexuality – “Worse than animals”

Ismail Menk is a somewhat popular preacher from Zimbabwe. He certainly has fans in the UK. Among them one finds the Tayyibun Institute, an East London group with a record of promoting vicious hate preachers. This includes a notably nasty online “teacher” roster.
Tayyibun is touring Menk around the UK this month. [...]