Gays should be put to death under sharia law whether the Islamic doctrine is implemented in Muslim countries or the West, exclaimed Britain’s most notorious radical Islamist preacher, Anjem Choudary, during an interview.
Asked whether gays who were confirmed to have engaged in homosexual acts should be stoned under sharia law, Choudary replied:
They would be wherever you are, whether in the East or the West, if we had the Sharia implemented, as you say, with a judiciary, with a legitimate leader and the courts, etc., were there. Then yes. They will face capital punishment. I mean, people differ about the way that punishment would be implemented, but it would be the death penalty.
Choudary was speaking in a joint interview with Breitbart News and this reporter’s Sunday night weekend national talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”
Listen to the full interview below:
The following is a transcript of the relevant portions of the interview:
CHOUDARY: Well, let’s be clear about one thing. All of the divine texts from Moses and Jesus and the final messenger Muhammad say exactly the same thing in relation to same-gender relationships, be they lesbian or gay, that it is anathema. I think it says in Leviticus that it is an abomination. So, you know, we can’t change the scripture. That is what the divine texts say. …
KLEIN: Okay but you don’t see, I’m sorry to say, you don’t see Jews and Christians throwing gays off of rooftops. So I’m asking how in the West should sharia law be treating them?
CHOUDARY: Well, I’m coming to that point, Aaron. I think we need to lay the premise that it is forbidden in all religions which worship God alone. And what I will say to you is yes, there is punishment under the sharia for an act of homosexuality. Not for someone being attracted to a person of the same gender, but for the act of homosexuality, if there is evidence. If there are sufficient witnesses and yes, it is capital punishment.
But hand in hand with that goes the education system. So if we live in a society where people are educated that God created Adam and Eve and that this is a normal relationship. And it’s not normal to have a relationship, you know, with the same gender or with animals, or pedophilia, etc. Then this will be the state of mind, if you would like, of the masses. This will make a big difference. …
KLEIN: So let’s take it back to what you just said. Let’s say there’s a clear case in a sharia Islamic law court in the UK of a homosexual man, a gay man, who committed a gay act. Who carried out a gay act or acts. There are witnesses. It’s all been confirmed. So are you saying that according to sharia Islamic law, that person who has been confirmed with witnesses, whatever it means, absolutely committed a gay act. Are you saying that they should be stoned according to Sharia law in the West?
They would be wherever you are, whether in the East or the West, if we had the sharia implemented, as you say, with a judiciary, with a legitimate leader and the courts, etc., were there. Then yes. They will face capital punishment. I mean, people differ about the way that that punishment would be implemented, but it would be the death penalty.
Choudary is a founder of the outlawed, pro-al-Qaida Al Muhajiroun organization in Britain. He is currently awaiting trial in the U.K. for allegedly encouraging support for the Islamic State.
His views on the issue of homosexuality are shared by a significant portion of Britain’s Muslim population. A Channel 4 survey conducted in April found that 23 percent of British Muslims supported the introduction of sharia law in the country and 52 percent said that homosexuality should be illegal.