Students protest at 'homophobic hate-preacher' on campus
Nearly 150 students are set to protest the visit of Abu Usamah Ath Thahabi at Brunel University in West London tomorrow
A protest is due to take place tomorrow over the appearance of the 'homophobic hate-preacher' who was once caught on covert camera, "do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain."
Usamah was also caught in 2009 by the Channel 4 'Undercover Mosque' documentary stating, “we hate the people of the kufr [non-Muslims]. We hate the kuffar” and also declared that “we ask Allah to bring about the means and the ways in which the Muslims will get the power and the honour of repelling the oppression of the kuffar, where we can go out and perform the jihad”.
The protest, organised by various societies at Brunel University in West London has so far attracted nearly 150 people on Facebook. Students are expected to meet at 5pm outside Student Activities to voice their disapproval for the appearance of Usamah who has in the past been banned from Warwick University and University College London.
When challenged on his views, Usamah is reported to have stated, "“If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”
Further to this, he was also named by a website based in Birmingham which alleged that he had sexually harassed women at the Green Lane Masjid in Sparkbrook, whilst a local newspaper uncovered that he had been barred from preaching at a mosque in Reading after allegations had come to light.
Rupert Sutton, researcher at Student Rights said: "We don't often call for speakers to be excluded from campuses, but Abu Usamah's appearance has clearly made LGBT students uncomfortable. The university has a clear duty of care in this area and it should not afford a platform to speakers such as Abu Usamah."
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