Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Ibis hotels host homophobic Islamic extremists' conference, despite protests



Stacey Cosens, PinkPaper.com, 19 January 2011

A conference by anti-gay Islamic preachers went ahead at a London hotel last weekend, despite protests from human rights campaigners.

And today, the managing director of the Ibis chain defended the decision.

The event, by the Islamic Education and Research Academy, was held in Earls Court on Sunday.

Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director UK and Ireland of Ibis, told PinkPaper.com: “It is important to emphasise that as a matter of course, the hotel has strict procedures in place for all event bookings.

"In the case of yesterday’s Islamic Education & Research Academy conference the hotel’s management and security sought the advice and guidance of the Metropolitan Police Service; and regular dialogue continued throughout the day.

“We do not condone or endorse any of the attitudes that have been alleged; the hotel rejects all forms of discrimination and we are wholly committed to supporting cultural diversity.”

But activists are not convinced. Brett Lock of OutRage! said: “This is not the first time Ibis Hotels have hosted such extremist events. It is quite shocking. I doubt they would host racist and anti-Semitic conferences.”

The iERA has featured Muslim fundamentalist preachers who advocate the criminalisation of homosexuality and even the death penalty for same-sex acts. They argue that it is necessary to execute gays to keep society pure.

They defend these extreme teachings about homosexuality as a model that should be followed by contemporary societies.

The headline speakers at Sunday’s conference were associates of the hate preachers Dr Zakir Naik and Bilal Phillips. Both banned from entering Britain by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, last year.

3 comments:

  1. Especially as Earl's Court is a gay area! More deliberate attacks!!

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  2. Can you remove this story, or remove my name from it? I don't want my name associated with the EDL or your beliefs. This was a story I wrote for the Pink Paper about gay rights, and extremists. It does not represent Islam. I expect it removed or I will take you to court.

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  3. I’m afraid you wouldn’t stand a chance taking me to court.

    For a start, your details are fully acknowledged and there is not even a hint that you wrote the article for EDL Extra. It is clear from the format of the blog that many articles are not written for the blog - or made to seem that they are. If that were not the case, the Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, the Star, etc. would also be seen as writing for EDL Extra – or taking me to court.

    The purpose of the posting and quotation of your article was not to show that Stacey Cosen or The Pink Paper supports the EDL. It was to show what the Islamic position on gays actually is and, of course, the fact that Ibis was holding a conference which included Islamic homophobes.

    In addition, you say quite glibly that such extremism doesn’t reflect Islam. Is that right? What makes you say that? 1,300 years of anti-gay Islamic killing, legislation and rhetoric, along with passages in the Koran, hadiths, etc. and well as numerous statements from Islamic scholars, clerics, academics, etc., show me that you are wrong on this. In fact, try reading some of the relevant EDL Extra articles on this site from a non-Leftist, non-liberal-leftist, etc. take on this issue.

    Did you ever hear the one about the members of Queers for Palestine (an American groups) who went to Palestine to support the ‘oppressed Muslims’ there? They were hung up by the necks for being ‘degenerate homosexuals’ by Hamas.

    But they were still politically hip in their support of the Palestinians.

    Or does Hamas not ‘reflect [true] Islam’ either? Over 80% of Palestinian Muslims think they do, as well as millions of other Muslims throughout the world.

    Yours,
    EDL Extra.

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