Target: Lord Gulam Noon, Chancellor of the University of East London
Goal: Praise the decision to ban a homophobic preacher from speaking at the University of East London
A preacher has been banned from the University of East London campus after he described homosexuality as “under the category of obscene, filthy, shameless” and likened it to having a “disease.” Applaud the university’s decision to ban the former rapper turned preacher from giving hateful talks on campus.
Imran ibn Mansur talks to Muslim students on university campuses, giving out “survival guides” to become spiritual “superheroes.” He made derogatory comments about homosexuality in homemade online videos, calling homosexual desires a result of “filthy Western culture.” Mansur has also stated in past videos that homosexuality is “not something you were born with…we’re all born healthy but then you get an illness so you take the treatment to get rid of not only the symptoms, but the disease.”
Such statements should not be tolerated anywhere, let alone on a university campus. While Mansur says he was simply exercising his right to freedom of speech, these statements are incredibly hurtful to the LGBTQ community and the university was right to ban him from the campus. Mansur’s statements simply promote hatred throughout the student body and do nothing to bring students together. Please sign the petition below to praise the University of East London for its decision to ban this preacher and his hateful speech.
Dear Lord Gulam Noon,
Thank you for the decision to ban Imran ibn Mansur, the preacher who described homosexuality as akin to a “disease,” from your campus. The University of East London should be a place for equality and this type of behavior is not welcome anywhere, let alone on a campus where students are trying to learn and be accepted for who they are.
Numerous campus groups participated in protests against his homophobic hate speech, and for good reason. His statements only spur hatred towards the LGBTQ community. It is important that the students feel they have been heard and that this type of speech is not tolerated on campus.
I hope that you continue to encourage students attending the University of East London to welcome and embrace equality rather than create an atmosphere that is unwelcoming and segregated. Thank you for removing this preacher from the campus permanently.
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