Rainbow Hamlets criticises East London Mosque for defending ‘homophobe’

A gay rights group has criticised the East London Mosque for defending a “homophobe” who declared gay people should be severely punished under Islamic law.

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Rainbow Hamlets said the mosque’s decision to stand by Ibrahim Hewitt means it “does not understand what homophobia is or how it is spread”.

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Two weeks ago the charity Oxfam pulled an event at the mosque’s London Muslim Centre over headline speaker Hewitt’s homophobic writings.

The mosque defended Mr Hewitt, saying he was not homophobic and it would work with him again.

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