A UK Islamic cleric said homosexuals would be punished in an ideal society, in an interview last Wednesday.
Abdul Qadeer Baksh, chairman of the Islamic Centre in Luton, said "in an ideal society" there would be "punishments for homosexuals" during a BBC interview.
“When I say ‘ideal society’ I mean Islamic society, not a western secular society like we live in here,” he added. “Every moderate Muslim holds this view as well.”
Listen to the BBC interview below:
The cleric continued, saying the UK is "far from an Islamic state" at the current time, but that in Saudi Arabia the laws primarily serve as a deterrent and that "very, very few hands are chopped off" or "women lashed."
“What I would like to see is peace and tranquillity, all of us to get on together. If Sharia came to this country it would only come by the people’s desire for it," he said.
A Twitter account appearing to belong to Baksh appeared to defend the comments and even suggested homosexuals should be executed for showing affection to each other in public.
"Gays are not killed in islamic [sic] state as long as they don't force or openly practice their homosexuality in public," user "@QadeerBaksh" tweeted, adding that such form of government "would look to preserve God's law in public only bec [sic] God knows what is best for humans."
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