A radical Muslim preacher who has listed five ways to execute gay men is teaching young people in London this week.
US-born Hamza Sodagar is in the UK to present a series of lectures at the Islamic Republic of Iran School in the British capital, from the 4th to the 12th of October.
Sodagar reportedly “endorses the execution of LGBT people” and describes himself as a “role model” for “young Muslims all around the world”.
In a recent video (watch below), the preacher says, as children are heard in the background: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest.
“Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above,” he says with a smile, as his audience laughs.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has urged Britain’s Home Secretary to revoke Sodagar’s visa.
“In a free society, Hamza Sodagar has a right to believe that homosexuality is sinful but not to preach about ways to kill lesbians and gay men,” said Tatchell.
“Calling for death to LGBT people crosses a red line. The Home Office was wrong to grant him a visa and should now revoke it. The cleric should be ordered out of the country,” he insisted.
Sodagar’s lectures have been organised by the Ahlulbayt Islamic Mission, a pro-Iranian regime organisation, said Tatchell. “Iran has the death penalty for homosexuality,” he added.
The Mission has claimed that Sodagar’s comments were taken out of context and accused Tatchell of being part of “right-wing extremism” and “a malicious campaign to misconstrue the positions of Islam and dehumanise Muslims”.
The organisation said that while Sodagar backs the “clear and undeniable position” that homosexuality “is not compatible with Islam,” he also believes that the “Islamic penal code cannot be administered outside the framework of law-enforcement and legal process within a legitimate government”.