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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Gay Muslim Activist Slams Mayor’s Embrace of Anti-Gay Cleric  


LONDON  –  A gay Muslim is not too happy that London Mayor Ken Livingstone gave “red carpet” treatment to the radical cleric, Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, last July.

“I fled to Britain to escape murder by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria,” says gay Muslim and OutRage! activist, Ramzi Isalam.

“Now I find the Mayor of my adopted city embracing a cleric who endorses the execution of gay people in Islamic states and who provides a theological justification for the people who wanted to kill me.”

“Why is the Mayor prepared to have a dialogue with Islamic fundamentalists like Dr Qaradawi and the Muslim Association of Britain, but not with liberal and progressive Muslims,” he asks?



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A Day Without Rights


Gay activists will assemble at 11:30 am outside the Mayor's office on the fifth floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, to present a giant "Thank You" card as a display of appreciation for the PUBLIC ENDORSEMENT of equal marriage rights by Mayor Daley.



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Pentagon Settles Suit Over Boy Scout Support
by The Associated Press


(Chicago, Illinois) The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide not to directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has engaged in religious discrimination by supporting a group that requires leaders to be heterosexual and believe in God.

The settlement is part of a series of legal challenges in recent years over how closely the government should be aligned with the Boy Scouts of America, a venerable organization that boasts a membership of more than 3.2 million members.


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