YouTube Removes Video Of Imam In Canada Preaching About Gays To “Stone These People To Death”

WASHINGTON, DC – YouTube is protecting hate speech and incitement to violence against the LBGTQ community by removing a MEMRI TV clip exposing a Canadian imam who calls “to stone these people to death.” The MEMRI TV clip, posted on April 4 on the MEMRI TV YouTube channel, shows Bangash, at an April 1996 conference, criticizing the West for being “proud of being homosexuals,” and saying: “It is time for us to pick up the stones to stone these people to death for [this] abomination… Allah imposes [this responsibility] upon us.” He added that something is wrong with Muslims who treat the Jews as friends, and assured his audience that the Jews, Christians, polytheists, and infidels “spare no effort” to ruin Muslims because of their hatred for them (read transcript below).

YouTube removed the clip on March 4 and MEMRI appealed the decision the same day, explaining: “As part of MEMRI’s Reform Project, we expose hate speech, including anti-LGBTQ sentiment (such as this video), and we support reformists who speak out against such hate speech.” YouTube denied the appeal on March 5, thus upholding its protection of hate speech and calls for violence against the LGBTQ community…..

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