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Friday 5 May 2006

Muslim Council of Britain rejects talks with gay organisations

In this Guardian article by Peter Tatchell, it is reported that "Inayat Bunglawala, media spokesperson for the MCB, has disowned the MCB's advisor on equality issues, Muhammed Aziz", the latter having endorsed such a dialogue during recent 'round-table' talks which included gay lobby group Stonewall. In terms, Mr Bunglawala is reported to have stated, pretty bluntly:

"There are no talks with any gay groups anywhere."

"We do not believe that it (same-sex love) is in any way equal with marriage between man and wife. We do not accept the idea of gay adoption; we believe it is completely wrong."

None of this is any surprise, given the recent comments of the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain, Sir Iqbal Sacrani, even if what I would classify as purely tactical considerations decided some Muslim organisations to support other religious groups in their opposing religious hatred laws, when the implications for their own community of such legislation became clear to them.

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