Australia is urgently reviewing the visa of a British Islamic scholar who toured
Orlando in March and had preached that “death is the sentence” for homosexual
Farrokh Sekaleshfar, a senior Shi'ite Muslim scholar, is currently giving a series
of lectures at an Islamic centre in Sydney on the topic of spirituality throughout
the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Sekaleshfar said in a lecture in Michigan in 2013 that in an Islamic society, the
death penalty should be carried out for homosexuals who engaged in sodomy
and that in Islam this was “nothing to be embarrassed about.”
“We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals it’s the same.
Out of compassion, let's get rid of him now, because he's contaminating society,”
he said in a lecture.
There is no evidence of any link between his comments and the American
Muslim man, Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando
on Sunday – the deadliest mass shooting in the United States – or that Mateen
attended Sekaleshfar’s lectures.
Sekaleshfar said he condemned the Orlando shooting as a “barbaric act of terror
that was in no way justified.”
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he has “zero tolerance for
people to come to Australia who preach hatred” and his government was
reviewing Sekaleshfar's visa “as we speak.”
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