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Call for Muslim Moderates to Advocate Rights


Wasiq Wasiq, a specialist in defence and anti-terrorism, writes for the liberal internationalist blog Harry’s Place with a challenge to mainstream Muslim organisations in Northern Europe after the Oslo shooting on the day of the city’s scheduled Pride parade. Mr Wasiq says “Extremist Islamists have a well-established track record of causing terror against homosexuals. Therefore, unless the ideology of Islamist homophobia is tackled, we can expect homosexuals to continue to be targets.” Wasiq goes on to refer to psychological profiles of Islamist extremists and how they go about justifying acts of terror and concludes “Muslim leaders need to take control of the narrative Islamist homophobes promote. They should do this by standing up for homosexuals and their rights in liberal democracies as well as in Muslim majority countries. This sends a message to Islamist homophobes that their belief to eradicate homosexuals is one not shared by mainstream Muslims.”  

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