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Posted on Nov 28, 2013

Sheffield University

Sheffield University


Incidents

The University of Sheffield’s Islamic Circle has featured extremist content such as videos, including a speech by Anwar Al-Awlaki, which glorify insurgents and encourage the belief that terrorism is a religious duty.[1]

 

Hamza Tzortzis spoke at Sheffield in February 2012, after being invited by the Islamic Circle.[2] Tzortzis told the audience that he was not homophobic because he only believed in punishment for practising homosexuals.[3] He has a history of recommending death as a punishment for homosexuality, as well as advocating female genital mutilation, marital rape, and describing staying at home as “one of the best things that a woman can do”.[4]


Groups

Sheffield’s Christian Union is backed by the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).[5] The UCCF is an ultra-conservative organisation, banned from campuses including Birmingham and Exeter after concerns about equal opportunities policies.[6] [7] In November 2011, during an event named ‘Grill-a-Christian’, a Christian Union panelist condemned homosexuality as being morally wrong.[8] In both 2011 and 2012 the Christian Union presented a video of a so-called ‘ex-gay’ Christian Union member as having been ‘cured’ of the ‘illness’ of homosexuality.[9]



[1]http://www.studentrights.org.uk/article/2069/youtube_channel_containing_anwar_al_awlaki_video_shared_with_students

[2] http://hurryupharry.org/2012/04/27/a-response-to-why-always-me/

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] http://www.uccf.org.uk/find-your-cu/north-east/sheffield.htm

[6]http://www.theguardian.com/education/2006/jan/25/highereducation.students

[7]http://www.theguardian.com/education/2006/nov/17/highereducation.students

[8] http://scrutinyisaweapon.tumblr.com/

[9] Ibid.

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