ABU Usamah at-Thahabi is a Muslim extremist who doesn’t care much for homosexuals. Or females. In fact, he advocates the killing of gays, thinks women are “deficient” and encourages the beating of little girls who refuse to wear the hijab.
Tonight he was due to address Reading University students, having been invited by the university’s Muslim Society, but his speech was cancelled yesterday, according to this report, because of fears that his presence would invite protests from “extremist groups”.
A campaign group calling itself Student Rights, claiming that Abu Usamah is anti-gay, issued a call for demonstrators to assemble outside the venue 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the event.
Last night University spokesman Alex Brannen issued a statement saying that the event had been cancelled because:
The safety of students, members, staff and visitors is of paramount importance.
The statement added:
Reading University Muslim Society, Reading University Students Union (RUSU) and the University of Reading are in agreement that the laudable aims of the Muslim Society’s ‘Discover Islam Week’ are undermined by the increasing threat of violent protest from extremist groups outside the University community.
In a statement issued today, Peter Tatchell, of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, said:
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. While this cancellation is welcome, the stated reasons for the cancellation are inadequate.
The university authorities say the event was cancelled due to threats of violent protests from the far right EDL. However, they have failed to condemn the Muslim Society for inviting Thahabi.
Offering him a platform clearly violated the equal opportunities and non-discrimination policies of the university and the student’s union. He should have never been invited in the first place. Women, Muslim and LGBT students have a right to go to university without being menaced and threatened by hate preachers.
Tatchell’s statement details Abu Usamah at-Thahabi’s history of “murderous incitements, sexism and threats against fellow Muslims”.
Thahabi was caught on camera inciting hatred while addressing worshippers at the Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham. He said:
Do you practice homosexuality with men? Take that homosexual man and throw him off the mountain. 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 derided 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.
When he was later interviewed by Channel 4 News, he refused to withdraw or apologise for his comments.
This is the second time this year that this madman has been given the elbow. In January the Warwick University Islamic Society cancelled a planned appearance by the hate-monger. The Society said that is had not been aware of Abu Usamah’s comments, which had been captured by a Channel 4 TV team in 2007.
The President of the society said:
Warwick University Islamic Society does not allow any speakers on campus that will cause any negative issues with The University itself.