Three UK Men Convicted Over Gay Death Penalty Leaflets


Three men in the UK were convicted on Friday under the country’s incitement of hatred laws after distributing leaflets that said gay people should be given the death penalty.

The three men from Derby, who identify as Muslims and attempted to defend themselves by saying that they were speaking from the perspective of their religion, are the first to be prosecuted under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act since it came into effect in 2010.

The men, Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed, handed out leaflets in July, 2010, outside the Jama mosque, of which they are not members, as a reaction to a recent Pride celebration in the area. They also distributed those leaflets to nearby homes, posting them through letterboxes. While the three men said they had not meant they would personally take action against homosexuals, the court found the leaflets constituted an offence because they risked stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

From The Guardian:

One leaflet, entitled “Death Penalty?”, showed an image of a mannequin hanging by the neck from a noose, accompanied by references to homosexual sex.

“The death sentence is the only way this immoral crime can be erased from corrupting society and act as a deterrent for any other ill person who is remotely inclined in this bent way,” it said. The only dispute among “the classical authorities” of Islam was the method employed to carry out the death penalty, the leaflet claimed.

The men had admitted distributing the leaflets but pleaded not guilty to the charges. During the trial, the court heard that Ahmed had told police he did not believe that the views expressed in the Death Penalty? leaflet were wrong, but rather that they expressed what Islam says about homosexuality.

One witness told the jury he felt he was being targeted and feared he would “be burned”.

The men also distributed other leaflets that, recipients of the leaflets claimed, showed an overt intent to harass gay people.

From the BBC:

The leaflets were called Gay – an acronym for God Abhors You – and Turn Or Burn.

One gay man, who gave evidence but cannot be identified for legal reasons, said he received the Turn Or Burn and Death Penalty? leaflets through the door of his home on two occasions.

He said the first leaflet, Turn Or Burn, made him feel “quite horrified” and it was after he received Death Penalty? that he called the police.

“They made me feel terrorised in my own home,” he said.

“Sometimes I wondered whether I would be getting a burning rag through the letterbox or if I would be attacked in the street.”

Sentencing of the men was adjourned until February 10, with the court making clear that the men should expect jail time. Two other men were were found not guilty of the same charge.

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Stefanie D.
Stefanie D.6 years ago

I am appalled that imported religions into any nation open enough to allow it would still have to RISK religious views that are anti-thetical, and hence 'contraband' and TOXIC to the host nation's values. It is, in this sense, we must recognize the notion of "treasonously TOXIC religious values" that must be adjusted (decontaminated to a level that is SAFE for all natives, is more accurate) to fall in line with the host nation that has allowed those in who have lived with such religious beliefs held prior from their original nation from whence they came.
Religious freedom has a limit... the limit to eliminate anything counter to religious freedom itself of the host nation. No beliefs can or should undermine the hosting nation that adopts immigrants of differing beliefs (beliefs that created the oppression of the nation they left).

New G.
W. C6 years ago

Thank you.

Natasha Lopez
Natasha L6 years ago

God people are dumb

Tiffany K.
Tiffany K6 years ago

Few people ever ADMIT to being intolerant or hateful towards a group. They're very creative in finding ways to justify it. It just goes to show how thoroughly one can delude themselves if they want to. So, by all means, keep telling yourself that nonsense if it makes you feel better. Just know that you're not fooling me with your own justifications for your hatred and intolerance. Personally, I look at the individual PERSON and not their identified faith. A novel concept, I know.

Tiffany K.
Tiffany K6 years ago

Rob and Jay B., I'm really sick and tired of having people tell me crap like how those Christians who do that supposedly aren't really Christians. They IDENTIFY as Christians, attend supposedly Christian churches devoutly, and pull quotes from the Bible to justify the trash they spew. That's good enough for me, especially with what percentage of those that self-identify as Christian do it. We're not talking about a tiny number of people. You can play the "you need to study the teachings of Jesus, because those aren't true Christians" game all you want. Your religious bias is obvious, and you're using the EXACT same argument as what can be heard from Muslims as to how "those who do that aren't true Muslims". What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Whether you're too blind and/or biased to see it simply doesn't matter.

The fact remains, Christians can be just as violent, bigoted, narrow-minded, judgmental, and pushy with their beliefs onto others as Muslims can be. Even the Westboro Baptist Church doesn't really admit to teaching hate. They say they're doing the world and individuals a kindness in letting the damned know their fate because God (not the Westboro people) hates them. It's the same way that many people against same-sex marriage justify it by saying it's not a denial of equal rights if gay people have the same right to marry someone of the opposite sex as the rest of us have (Bachmann got big cheers for that one too). Few people ever ADMIT to being int

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Rob and Jay "It's interesting to note that zero percent of UK Muslims polled were for equal rights for gay people & 25% of all anti-gay violence there is committed by Muslims. 68% of US Muslims polled want the death penalty for gay people too. Doesn't leave much room for those 'moderate' Muslims everyone hopes exist, does it?"

Where are you getting these figures?

Phyllis B.
Jennifer Ward6 years ago

Amazing how some people feel they are empowered to be the keepers of other's morality.

Nothing like a big dollop of heavy duty religion to tip these self righteous dudes right over the edge to become a public menace.

Carola May
Carola May6 years ago

We can only hope this will help to rein in these Islamists who've been running roughshod over us here in the UK for some time and getting away with it. They have set up several Sharia Zones where they enforce Islamic Law and all women better wear headscarves, no alcohol or smoking is allowed, no holding hands and gays better stay away or else. Many of us here feel such despair. How could our leaders allow such things to happen here?

The UK has now even adopted some Sharia Law for family law which goes against our and EU human rights laws protecting women and children. No one wants to 'offend the Muslims', doesn't matter how much they offend the other 95% of us. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jews quietly live amongst us & cause no problems, but add colour to our culture. They do not demand that their cultures be forced on everyone else, as the Muslims do. They do not demand anyone be arrested for questioning or criticizing their religions, as Muslims do. They do not call for the killing of anyone, let alone those who leave their faiths or gay people, as Muslims do.

There are some Muslims who want to see Islam reform & come into the modern scientific world, but they are few & are branded as 'apostates' which also brings the death penalty. Muslim students have put fear into many teachers with threats & even violence whenever they teach something the Muslims don't like. Muslim medical students refuse to attend classes where Evolution is taught! It 'of

AndyNoMail O.
Past Member 6 years ago

Great news!

Vlasta M.
Vlasta M6 years ago

Half of Koran and almost entire Hadith is a HATE speach against non-Muslims, women, and promote apartheid (for Jews and Christians to pay a special tax), misogyny,pedophilia, polygamy and murder for Allahu Akbar.

After all, those terrorists of 9/11 (most of them from friendly Saudi Arabia) were not shouting Hail Mary, Our Father, Shema Israel, or OM but Allahu Akbar when plunging those planes into WTO.

Islam itself is incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and therefore most Muslim countries had refused to sign onto it, while they are still allowed to spread their defamation of the ONLY democracy in the Middle East in UN in New York.

Anybody who dares to speak the truth about Islam is condemned, as Salmon Rushdie was with his Satanic verses, which gave a rather accurate description of ayatollahs lives, and for which new Muslim, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens and Peace Train) said that Rushdie should be killed because he (Rushdie) offended Mohamed which under sharia deserves death penalty (by beheading , stoning or hanging).

The final prophet of this "most perfect" and "peaceful" religion was an illiterate pedophile polygamist (who married Aisha, one of his 12 wives, when she was 6 and he was 51) and a murderer, responsible for a gruesome murder (by beheading) of 900 Jews from Medina who did not accept this guy as THEIR final prophet. Read Koran, Hadith and history of Islam and Mohamed to see for yourself.