Mayor of London compares anti-gay muslim to the pope

Benjamin Cohen | September 15, 2005

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London
LONDON — Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based imam who is banned from USA was praised by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, as a leading Islamic scholar who should be treated in the same way as the late Pope, John XXIII who led the Catholic Church between 1958 and 1963.

Mr Livingstone caused a major row last year when he invited the Islamic cleric to London as his guest of honour. The invitation sparked protests from gay rights campaigners and Jewish leaders.

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women�s rights and has argued in the past that gay men should be put to death.

The Mayor, responding to questions posed by the Home Affairs Select Committee, claimed that al-Qaradawi's views concerning the death penalty for gays is a �a series of questions of a philosophical nature. We are clearly not going to see Dr Qaradawi on a gay rights march - but you wouldn't see the Pope on a gay rights march and I would meet him.�

Mr Livingstone further claimed, �Of all the Muslim leaders in the world today, Sheikh Qaradawi is the most powerfully progressive force for change and for engaging Islam with western values. I think his is very similar to the position of Pope John XXIII.� PinkNews.co.ukIssued by Gay Link Content

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