Britain's Most Powerful Islamic Organization Accused of Failing to Combat Homophobia

April 23, 2006

Source: The Guardian,,1759364,00.html

On April 23, 2006 The Guardian reported, "Britain's most powerful Muslim organisation was accused last night of a making a stunning U-turn on a commitment to tackle homophobia. Just days after the Muslim Council of Britain [MCB] signaled it was planning to sign up to a five-year plan to reach out to Britain's gay community, senior members of the organisation have ripped up the strategy. Mohammed Aziz, its policy adviser, had been quoted as saying he believed the organisation would take great steps in the coming months to shed its homophobic image. The plan was discussed at the government's Equality and Diversity Forum in January and debated by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities... But it has emerged that the council has rejected Aziz's claims. Inayat Bunglawala, its spokesman, insisted Aziz's views did not represent those of the MCB. He told the Islam TV Channel: 'There is no truth in these quotes. Our position is very clear, our Secretary General was nearly prosecuted for this because we maintain that homosexual relationships are sinful in Islam.'"