For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Kaufman (email@example.com)
AAH CALLS ON INTERFAITH COUNCIL AND NCCJ TO SEVER TIES WITH IMAM
DARUL ULOOM JOINS OTHERS IN MAKING HOMOPHOBIC REMARKS ABOUT TSUNAMI
(Coral Springs, FL) Darul Uloom, the Pembroke Pines madrasa where 'Dirty Bomber' Jose Padilla took classes in Islam, recently placed an article on its site claiming that homosexuals were at fault for the tsunami disaster that took the lives of over 200,000 innocent people.
Quotes from the article ('TSUNAMI - Wrath of G-d') include: 1. "The least we could do as Muslims at this time and in this case WITH THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE WORLD - is to spread the message by ENJOINING GOOD AND FORBIDDING EVIL." and 2. "TSUNAMI SIMILAR TO SODOM & GOMORRAH HITS GAY PARADISE."
This is not the first time someone related the tsunami disaster to retribution against gays. In January of this year, on Saudi television, Sheik Fawzan al-Fawzan, a professor at Al-Imam University, stated that the tsunami was "punishment from Allah for homosexuality and fornication committed by residents and visitors of affected countries at Christmastime."
And in December of 2004, the Westboro Baptist Church, the church notorious for picketing the funeral of brutally murdered Matthew Shepard, released a statement on its website, www.godhatesfags.com, exclaiming "Thank G-d for Tsunami & 2,000 Dead Swedes!!! How many tsunami-dead Swedes are fags & dykes?" The release then described the victims as "earthquake-dead perverts."
Darul Uloom's site states that its anti-gay tsunami article, which also contained a bigoted quote against Christians and Jews, was "researched by" imam Maulana Shafayat Mohamed. This is interesting, since Shafayat Mohamed is involved in numerous interfaith activities; he is the co-founder of JAM (Jews & Muslims & All), and according to Darul Uloom's site, he is the President of the Interfaith Council of Greater Hollywood and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ). According to its 'Mission,' the NCCJ is "dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America."
Americans Against Hate (AAH) is calling on the Interfaith Council of Greater Hollywood and the NCCJ to end their relationship with Maulana Shafayat Mohamed immediately.
AAH Chairman Joe Kaufman is available for interview. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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