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The UK authorities cancelled the broadcasting license of Peace TV, an Islamic teaching channel, after it aired four programs slamming homosexuality and advocating the execution of magicians.
The clerics appearing on the channel slammed LGBT people, calling them worse than pigs, and legitimized the execution of magicians in four programs. Ofcom, UK’s media regulatory authority, charged the channel for breaching broadcast rules, incitement of crime, hate speech and abuse.
They included a show called ‘Valley of Homosexuals’ in which the cleric declared gay people “worse than animals” and more “corrupted and contaminated” than pigs. The cleric further stated that such people contracted diseases, particularly HIV, because of their homosexuality.
The presenter asserted homosexuality as ‘a very unnatural type of love that is energized by the influence of (Satan)’.
Presenter Imam Qasim Khan said: “Then they make laws now, the newest and most brash and insane laws, laws that protect homosexuals and even make it legal for them to marry each other.”
‘Men marrying men on television in front of our children, kissing each other on the mouth, walking down the street hugging and kissing – this society has gone insane.’ Further adding: “You never see two male pigs trying to have sex together. That’s insanity.”
The channel defended the program stating it was the presenter’s view reflecting the teachings of Islam.
The Peace TV’s founder and acclaimed preacher Zakir Naik have already been slammed with a travel ban by former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, citing his unacceptable behaviour, late last year.
Ms. May said: “Numerous comments made by Dr. Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.”
Justifying the ban on the preacher by concluding: “Coming to the UK is a privilege, not a right and I am not willing to allow those who might not be conducive to the public good to enter the UK.”
Zakir Naik was due to deliver a series of lectures in London and Sheffield but was barred by Home Ministry to enter the UK, stating him a threat to the country.