26 July 2017
The Muslim Council of Britain today spoke out against hatred against its affiliate, the East London Mosque, which was subject to hateful and untrue placards carried at the Pride march earlier in July.
Amongst the slogans is a fabricated statement against the East London Mosque and, as such, makes it subjected to further violent attacks.
Members belonging to a group calling itself the ‘Council of Ex-Muslims’ carried a number of provocative and offensive placards against Islam and Muslims.
The East London Mosque has recognised that, ‘living in a country where free speech is theoretically sacrosanct,’ nothing could be done about these statements.
However, the statement “East London Mosque incites murder of LGBT,” is utterly fictitious and is tantamount to inciting hatred against this religious institution.
As such, we welcome the action taken by organisers of Pride to look into the matter and their affirmation that the event will not tolerate Islamophobia.
The East London Mosque has a track record in speaking out against homophobia, most notably when the mosque proactively worked with police to denounce and remove homophobic stickers plastered around the local area.
The mosque has also worked with LGBT + groups in the area in common causes, most notably, to speak out against homophobia, hence anyone espousing anything contrary to this, is wholly misleading.[ENDS]
Notes to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.
For further information please contact:
The Muslim Council of Britain
PO Box 57330
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079