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Reading University cancels "kill gays" Islamist preacher
Feeble excuse: fictitious threat of violent protests?
Cleric’s incitement to murder ignored in cancellation decision
Muslim Society not rebuked for hosting a murder-approving speaker
London - 28 February 2013
Reading University has cancelled today’s scheduled speech by "kill the gays" Islamist preacher Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, which was to be hosted by the university’s Muslim Society.
“Thahabi endorses the murder of gay people and of Muslims who give up their faith. He says women are deficient and encourages the beating of little girls who refuse to wear the hijab,” said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights lobby, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
“While this cancellation is welcome, the university’s reasons for the cancellation appear to be bogus, feeble and unprincipled.
“The university authorities claim the Thahabi meeting was cancelled because of serious threats of violent protest by extremist groups. I challenge the university to name these groups and reveal the threats.
“The idea that Islamist extremists would threaten a fellow Islamist extremist is absurd. The planned student protest against Thahabi was always going to be peaceful and never made any threats, as far as I know.
“Unless the university has evidence they have not disclosed, its professed reason for cancellation looks like a vile, disgraceful smear against legitimate, non-violent protesters.
“To its shame, the university appears to have used a phoney excuse to cancel a speaker who never should have been invited to speak in the first place. Inviting Thahabi clearly violated the equal opportunities and non-discrimination policies of the university and the student’s union.
“Women, Muslim and LGBT students have a right to go to university without being menaced and threatened by hate preachers.
“Disgracefully, the Vice Chancellor has failed to condemn the Muslim Society for inviting Thahabi.
“Thahabi’s hateful, violent views are not shared by most Muslims in Britain,” said Mr Tatchell.
See below the briefing about Abu Usamah at-Thahabi’s history of murderous incitements, sexism and threats against fellow Muslims.
See this online local Reading press report of the meeting’s cancellation, posted at 19.30 last night: http://bit.ly/VaxxXY
A letter had been sent by the Peter Tatchell Foundation to the Vice Chancellor of Reading University, David Bell, protesting at the university's decision to host Abu Usamah at-Thahabi, on the grounds that Thahabi had been filmed by Channel Four’s Dispatches programme justifying the murder of gay people. Incitement to murder is a serious criminal offence.
Below is a copy of this letter.
Other protests were made against Thahabi by the anti-extremist organisation, Students Rights, and by Reading University students.
Vice-Chancellor, Reading University
Dear David Bell,
I understand that Mr. Abu Usamah at-Thahabi is giving a talk at the University of Reading on Thursday, 28th February 2013.
This individual has incited hatred and murder of homosexuals. He has abused his right to free speech and infringed the right of LGBT people to go about their lives without threats or fear.
Please click on this link for more evidence of Mr at-Thahabi's history of preaching hate and violence against LGBT people: http://bit.ly/QxFCVz
It is not good enough to monitor his presence on Thursday. His conduct before attending the University of Reading needs to weigh heavily upon any decision to permit him onto university property.
Allowing him to speak at your university would be a de facto reward for incitement to homophobic violence.
I would urge you to deny him a platform or hospitality, as it would be an insult to past/present/future LGBT individuals attending your university.
If Mr Abu Usamah at-Thahabi's previous remarks had called for the murder of Jewish or black people I am sure he would not be permitted to speak at your university.
I urge you to not collude with a man who incites murder, and to not adopt double standards on incitements to racist and homophobic violence.
Equality for all. Hatred against none.
Yours with best wishes,
Peter Tatchell Director Peter Tatchell Foundation
Background Briefing on Abu Usamah at-Thahabi
Abu Usamah at-Thahabi has previously urged that gay people should be punished with death.
“Do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain,” Thahabi was recorded as saying by Channel Four’s Dispatches programme.
“If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that’s my freedom of speech, isn’t it?”
On Muslims who leave the faith he said: “Kill him in the Islamic state...If the Imam wants to crucify him, he should crucify him. The person is put up on the wood and he’s left there to bleed to death for three days.”
He was filmed by Channel Four deriding women as “deficient”, inferior to men and religiously and intellectually “incomplete.”
He advocates violence against little girls who refuse to wear the hijab: “She should start hijab from the age of seven, by the age of ten it becomes an obligation on us to force her to wear hijab and if she doesn’t wear hijab, we hit her.”
Thahabi was caught on camera making these incitements while addressing worshippers at the Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.
When he was later interviewed by Channel 4 News, he refused to withdraw or apologise for his comments.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Here's some health
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For the last four months, Chinese hackers have persistently
attacked The New York Times, infiltrating its computer systems and getting
passwords for its reporters and other employees.
After surreptitiously tracking the intruders to study their
movements and help erect better defenses to block them, The Times and
computer security experts have expelled the attackers and kept them from
breaking back in.
The timing of the attacks coincided with the reporting for a
Times investigation, published online on Oct. 25, that found that the
relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister, had accumulated a fortune
worth several billion dollars through business dealings.
Tax dodging is a global
scandal. Tax raises money to fund public services, to fight poverty and to
redistribute wealth in society. Yet for many multinational companies like
Amazon, Google and Starbucks, paying tax is now often simply a matter of
choice. Despite hitting the
headlines by talking tough on tax, this government is planning new changes to
the UK’s tax laws to be introduced in the Budget in March which would give a
green light to big business to avoid billions in tax. Take action now and demand George Osborne scrap his plans to
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some of the biggest recent tax scandals, from Amazon, Google, Starbucks all
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The forcible expropriation of land from people by states and corporations –
‘land grabbing’ – is occurring on a phenomenal scale and affects every
continent and most countries of the ‘South’. Land grabs and the forced
displacement of populations, including through state and corporate violence,
have been justified through economic development, human development, the
extraction of natural resources, the use of land for economic growth, among
many other factors. Yet deforestation and land grabs in Indonesia, slum clearances and land grabs
environmental destruction and population displacements in the Amazon and in
various countries of southern America,
and massive land grabs, including through natural resource mining across the
African continent, have created misery and havoc on a large scale for many
populations. In some places, land grabs have gone hand in hand with
environmental destruction, conflict and war, forced labour, child labour,
illegal expropriation of natural resources, widespread poverty and serious
violations and abuses of human rights.
This event explores land grabbing as a global phenomenon that some writers have
described as a new form of ‘primitive accumulation’ and ‘accumulation by
dispossession’. The origins of land grabbing and its consequences for human
rights, including indirect causes related to environmental destruction and
climate change, are discussed.
Home, Garden & Food
40 handy lemon tips
4 March 2011
Cleaning solutions and beauty tips for natural (and cheap) recipes you
can try at home.
These tips have been contributed by volunteers from Sparked.com
Friends of the Earth can't claim to have tried all of the
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applying it to the skin, especially if you have persistent medical conditions.
Health & Beauty
1. Hair - For extra shine, dilute 1 tsp lemon juice in
a cup of water, and use to rinse your hair after shampooing.
2. Hands - Remove smells and stains with a rub
of lemon juice.
3. Nails - Whiten fingernails with a rub from a wedge
4. Rough elbows - Hold your elbow in half a lemon for
a few mins, then rinse.
5. Spots - Wet a paper towel with lemon juice and
apply to help treat spots and blackheads.
Over the last few weeks, I've been telling you about some of our
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Every single victory during the past year – from exposing
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that would have bred hundreds of dogs for use in deadly laboratory experiments
– was achieved through the generosity of our compassionate members.
But despite so many recent successes, animals are still being confined to tiny, filthy cages
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Lacey Banghard might have only just been voted out of the
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Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going
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animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: why
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is studying climate change's link to security
United Nations Security Council is scheduled to meet today about the effects
of climate change on global security. Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam
Institute for Climate Impact Research will brief members on a "reality
that cannot be washed away" that is likely to spawn "all kinds of
unrest and revolutions, with the export of angry and hungry people to the
industrialized countries." Bloomberg (2/14)
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One cannot ‘wash away’one’s intentional destruction, gross,
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Death threats to UK's
top Muslim MP who voted for gay marriage
Police have told
Sadiq Khan he should review the security around him and his family
following the Commons vote
Officers in his
Tooting constituency in London have been put on high alert
Khan was among 400
MPs, five Muslim, who voted in favour of the bill
Khan, Labour's Shadow Justice Secretary, has received death threats after
voting in favour of gay marriage
Britain's most senior Muslim MP has received death threats after voting in
favour of gay marriage.
Police have told Sadiq Khan, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, that the
threats are credible enough that he should review the security around him and
his family following the Commons vote.
Officers in his Tooting constituency in London have been put on high alert,
and will respond ‘extra-quick’ should an incident be reported at his home.
The Metropolitan Police has also advised Mr Khan, 42, that they may put
more officers around him if further threats are made.
He told one friend he was especially concerned about those close to him,
saying: ‘My family do not need to suffer for what I have to do for my job.
'I’ve not had threats like this before.’
Mr Khan was among 400 MPs, five of them Muslim, who voted in favour of the
Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at the beginning of this month.
It is believed Mr Khan, who was campaign manager for Ed Miliband’s
successful leadership bid, has been singled out as he is the most prominent
Mr Khan – who became Britain’s first Muslim Minister to attend Cabinet in
the last Government – has been condemned by British-based hardline clerics, who
have accused him of ‘selling out’ his religion.
Mufti Muhammed Aslam Naqshbandi Bandhalevi, who is the head imam of the
Jamia Islamia Rizvia mosque in Bradford, has issued a fatwa, or ruling,
declaring Mr Khan an ‘apostate’ from Islam and said he should ‘repent before
Some veiled threats against all the Muslim MPs who backed gay marriage are
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