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"Lesbians should get lashes," while Gays should be killed. Toronto Islamists invite homophobes as city celebrates Gay Pride

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Friends, As Canadians celebrate Canada Day today with Toronto s Gay Pride Week, a group of Islamists are attending a conference where speakers promoting the
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      Friends,


      As Canadians celebrate Canada Day today with Toronto's Gay Pride Week, a group of Islamists are attending a conference where speakers promoting the death penalty for Gays and lashing for lesbians, will be centre stage.

      These two events coincide every year, yet no newspaper has had the courage to expose the hatred-spewing jihadis who descend on Toronto  to spread hate and homophobia. Yesterday, I tweeted about the absurdity of a Gay Pride Parade taking place barely a mile away from where homophobes held sway over tens of thousands.

      Elsewhere, a Jamaican musician who has made no secret of his homophobia, had to cancel his venue away from Toronto, but no one dare ask these Islamists to get out of town.

      Just when I had given up all hope of a newspaper exposing the homophobic hatefest, I noticed the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale has covered the story, and confirmed the gay hating agenda of the speakers as well as the hosts.

      Read and reflect.

      Tarek
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      July 1, 2011

      Anti-gay Muslim conference during Gay Pride Week


      Jamaican-Canadian Bilal Philips grew up in Toronto but now lives in Qatar.

      Jamaican-Canadian Bilal Philips grew up in Toronto but now lives in Qatar.

      BRIAN ANTHONY

      On Sunday, Toronto’s gay community will celebrate Pride on downtown streets. At the same time, Muslims attending a major Islamic conference at the nearby Metro Toronto Convention Centre will hear from two speakers who say gays should be killed.

      Journey of Faith is the same annual event that drew criticism last year for inviting a televangelist who had expressed solidarity with Osama bin Laden and disparaged homosexuals and other groups. The televangelist’s speech wascancelled.

      The most virulently anti-gay speaker this year is Bilal Philips, a charismatic Jamaican-Canadian religious scholar who embraced Islam in 1972 in Toronto, where he was raised. In a Thursday interview, Philips cheerfully advocated death as a punishment for males who “confess” to homosexual behaviour, or are seen performing homosexual acts by four reliable witnesses, in countries governed by Islamic law.

      Lesbians should only get lashes, he said. In secular countries like Canada, he said, even gays should not be punished. But the word of the Qur’an must be followed in Islamic countries, he said, and the Qur’an says gays must be killed.

      “In a country that has subscribed to secular rule — in Canada — that’s how it is. I accept that. But if you ask me what would the situation be within an Islamic state, or Islamic government, then it would not be permitted, and the punishment is applied, yes,” he said.

      Philips has made similar statements in his writings and in videos. In the interview, he also confirmed that he believes homosexuality is “evil,” like pedophilia and bestiality, and that God gave gays AIDS to penalize them for their deviancy.

      The leader of the conference, Toronto imam Saed Rageah, argued that controversial speakers are entitled to freedom of speech. He also contended, incorrectly, that Mayor Rob Ford has expressed similar views to those of Philips.

      “I think Mr. Ford, the mayor, he has a stance — so why are you guys making issue of this one and not that one? It’s a personal — this is what (Philips) wants to voice out, this is what he wants to say,” he said.

      “We understand that we are living in a mosaic community, and we all should respect another. But this is his opinion, this is an opinion that he holds, this is not only him — as I said, Ford holds a similar opinion. If I invited Ford, Mr. Ford, to the conference, I don’t think this would be an issue.”

      Ford said he cannot attend the parade because he has a family engagement at a Muskoka cottage. Though he made controversial comments about gay and transgendered people as a councillor, he never came close to advocating violence.

      Nick Mulé, chair of the activist group Queer Ontario, said comments like Philips’ could make it harder for Muslim gays to gain acceptance in their communities.

      “A lot of us believe in free speech and free expression. But those of us who do, within Queer Ontario, we know there are limits to that. And for many of us, we draw the line where you’re calling for the killing-off of people based on any particular identification or orientation,” Mulé said.

      Philips, 63, said he attended Jarvis Collegiate and Northview Heights high schools. Now a resident of Qatar, he was expelled from Germany in April and denied entry to England in 2010.

      Rageah said he was unaware of anti-gay comments by speaker Abdur Raheem Green, a British convert to Islam who has also endorsed the killing of gays.

      Philips and Green, who could not be reached for comment, will not be speaking about homosexuality, Rageah said, and will not be on stage for long. He said people who disagree with their views are free to criticize them.

      “My bottom line would be, we need to learn how to respect one another and live in peace,” he said
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