Orlando shooting: Gay death cleric preaching in Australia
A BRITISH Islamic cleric who said death was a compassionate sentence for homosexuality is in Australia lecturing at a Muslim centre.
The Australian reports that Farrokh Sekaleshfar arrived last week as a guest of the Imam Husain Islamic Centre in inner-western Sydney.
He is a guest speaker for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
At a lecture in 2013, when asked about homosexuality the Sheik said: "Death is the sentence. There's nothing to be embarrassed about this. Death is the sentence. We have to have that compassion for people. With homosexuals, it's the same. Out of compassion, let's get rid of them now."
Sheik Sekaleshfar spoke at the Husseini Islamic Center outside Orlando on "How to deal with the phenomenon of homosexuality" just a few months ago.
Numerous media outlets have linked the Sheik's presence in Orlando to the Pulse nightclub massacre on the weekend.
"Farrokh Sekaleshfar - a British-born doctor and Muslim scholar - has gained a following by urging Muslims to 'get rid of' homosexuals,'' the DailyMail reported.
"Two months later, 29-year-old Omar Mateen carried out the worst massacre in US history by opening fire on a gay club in the same city.
Mateen's father has said he believes the attack was motivated by his son's homophobia.
Yesterday Sheik Sekaleshfar told The Australian he stood by the comments but but claimed they had been taken out of context.
"We believe homosexuality, like adultery and a long list of other things, they are sins … it is just one of them," he said.
"Never do I incite violence against them. I say don't hate the actual sinner, hate the act … compassion is the first cause of action."
Sheik Sekaleshfar said he unreservedly condemned the actions of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen.
"He was an animal, it was totally barbaric, I'm totally against it. These are sick, violent people who use ideologies ... as a means to satiate their sick need," he said.