The head of the
Muslim Council of Britain has infuriated gay rights
leaders and some lawmakers by saying that homosexuality is
"immoral" and "spreads disease." Sir Iqbal Sacranie added
that civil partnerships, which attained legal recognition
last month in the United Kingdom, are "damaging
to society," TheTimes of London reported Wednesday.
Sacranie was appearing on BBC Radio 4's
PM program when he said that civil partnerships
do "not augur well in building the very foundations of
society: stability, family relationships. And it is
something we would certainly not in any form encourage
the community to be involved in."
The newspaper reported that he added:
"Each of our faiths tells us that it is
harmful, and, I think, if you look into the scientific
evidence that has been available in terms of the forms
of various illnesses and diseases that are there,
surely it points out that where homosexuality is
practiced there is a greater concern in that area."
Peter Tatchell, founder of gay rights group
OutRage! told the Times, "It's tragic
for one minority to attack another minority."
The most prominent openly gay conservative in
England, parliament member Alan Duncan, agreed: "This
is an absurd medieval view. One should separate the
religious from the secular. Such general condemnation is no
longer acceptable in a civilized modern world."
According to the newspaper, almost 700 civil
partnerships were entered on December 21, the day they
became legal in England and Wales. (Advocate.com)