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Islamic religious scholar: Gays in Islamic countries ‘must be killed’

Monday, July 4, 2011

As the annual Toronto Pride parade worked its way through the city’s LGBTQ community on Sunday afternoon, an Islamic religious scholar addressing a 9,000-strong crowd at the annual Journey of Faith Islamic conference said that, in countries governed by Islamic law, homosexuals caught in the act should be executed.

Bilal Philips

Bilal Philips, a Canadian who now lives in Qatar, told the Toronto Star that he was expelled from Germany in April for expressing that opinion, but that is what “Islamic law says.”

In a Thursday interview, Philips cheerfully advocated death as a punishment for males who “confess” to homosexual behaviour, or are seen performing homosexual acts by four reliable witnesses, in countries governed by Islamic law.

Lesbians should only get lashes, he said. In secular countries like Canada, he said, even gays should not be punished. But the word of the Qur’an must be followed in Islamic countries, he said, and the Qur’an says gays must be killed.

“In a country that has subscribed to secular rule — in Canada — that’s how it is. I accept that. But if you ask me what would the situation be within an Islamic state, or Islamic government, then it would not be permitted, and the punishment is applied, yes,” he said.

Philips has made similar statements in his writings and in videos. In the interview, he also confirmed that he believes homosexuality is “evil,” like pedophilia and bestiality, and that God gave gays AIDS to penalize them for their deviancy.

The conference drew criticism last year for inviting a televangelist from India who had expressed solidarity with Osama bin Laden and disparaged homosexuals and other groups. His speech was cancelled.

Another speaker at the conference — Abdur Raheem Green, a British convert to Islam — also advocates that gays should be killed.

Green has previously called for the enactment of Sharia Islamic law and called for death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers.

Green blasted the press for referring to him as a “homophobic hate-preacher.”

The conference was an annual convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre -– a weekend-long series of discussions on what it means to be a devout Muslim in the 21st-Century.

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31 more reader comments:

  1. That’s ok. How about we say islamics caught in the act should be executed. Then we will see how they feel :)

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:34pm
  2. Extremist Islamists.. don’t single out an entire religion dude. They aren’t all bad.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:35pm
  3. What the fuck for?

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:35pm
  4. Shall we talk a little about Islam’s veiws on second (third, fourth, fifth…) marriages, the hijab, and violence against women…?

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:36pm
  5. preach to your people not to the world

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:37pm
  6. Another point why religion is out dated and pointless.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:37pm
  7. This piece of “human” filth needs to be assassinated..

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:39pm
  8. Then this guy should be executed for saying that. Bastard. >=(

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:39pm
  9. :C

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:39pm
  10. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:40pm
  11. As being gay, nobody TRUELY cares about us in reality! Were damned if we do and damned if we dont! I mays well take myself out.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:42pm
  12. Extremists in any religion are beyond hope. And to whoever hit the Like button for this—–I DISLIKE you. Period.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:44pm
  13. “religious” people is showing day after day more how the react with anger and violence to the fear of lifestily they dont accept or understand

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:44pm
  14. this is awful… i hate how the islamic extremists (and, to some extent, the extremists of every religion) are the ones who get singled out… all we ever hear about islam is bad, and as a result people make the judgement that all islam is evil… i know a bunch of moslems who are completely sane, but they get judged because of the more radical members of their religion.

    it would be like calling all catholics sexually abusive because of the priest sex abuse scandal. or calling all christians insensitive homophobic pigs who have no sense of propriety because of the actions of the westboro baptist church

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:44pm
  15. Kean: No, because we’re better than that. WE can rise above, even if he can’t.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:44pm
  16. These guys are like those kids on the playground that you wished someone would slap and say “No one likes you. This is why!”

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:45pm
  17. I don’t think they like the story, Jane. I assume they meant to “follow” the story.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:49pm
  18. Fighting equality is never going to work in the long run. Islam, you had a nice run but it’s get with the times or fall behind.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:50pm
  19. I can only hope so…….

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:50pm
  20. Did he say just the extreme gays? No he said all gays caught in the act so why not say all islamists. I have nothing against someone who is Islamic. But if you are gonna spout stuff like that well then get a taste of your own medicine.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:52pm
  21. Extremists of ALL faiths do absolutely nothing for their cause, they just look like bigoted asshats !!!

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:53pm
  22. NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:55pm
  23. That filthy extremist should be put in jail for encouraging violence toward other people. It’s Canada here and this kind of call is not tolerated.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:04pm
  24. Why isn’t there a law against bigotry????

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:05pm
  25. bites her tongue could have said something really smart -_-

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:11pm
  26. it sickens me that in some places in the world, people cant be who they TRULY are.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 1:12pm
  27. Philips didn’t say gays should be executed everywhere. He is only telling that they would be IF caught in the act in front of 4 witnesses in a country goeverned by Islamic law. Do you how hard that is to witness by 4 people? Think about it and there is no need to get offended.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 2:10pm
  28. Where in the Quran does it say to kill gays. There is no death penalty mentioned in Quran for homosexuality or adultery for that matter. It doesn’t make it right… but don’t say Quran says something when it doesnT!

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 4:06pm
  29. Hateful fanatics answer to anything that doesn’t conform to their delusional version of reality is brutality and murder. Religion of this kind is anti-human bullshit of the worst sort.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:13pm
  30. Also what really pisses me off is the smug shit-eating look on that guy’s face in his photo, so calm and so full of himself in pretending that advocating murder of other human beings is justified. I have absolutely no problem with most muslims, many of whom are okay with gay people – but fanatics like this hatemongerer are worthless evil cretins and a blight on humanity. Religion doesn’t need to have a hell – fanatics make hell on earth with their own hands just fine.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:16pm
  31. also confirmed that he believes homosexuality is “evil,” like pedophilia and bestiality, and that God gave gays AIDS to penalize them for their deviancy. Lmao are you serious smdh!!

    Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 5:41pm