• Norway's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Norway Islamist launches anti-gay pride site

The Local · 26 Jun 2014, 16:51

Published: 26 Jun 2014 16:51 GMT+02:00

Ubaydullah Hussain, who was convicted of hate speech against Jews in February, launched the site on Wednesday with an attention-grabbing image of a rainbow flag in flames.
 
"This group is created to show our opposition to "gay pride (which is really gay shame)," Hussain wrote in his first post on the site, stressing that homosexuality is "strongly forbidden" under Islam, backing up his claim with quotations from the Qur'an. 
 
The page,  titled "Stopp homofile i Oslo`s gater!" or "Stop homosexuals on Oslo's streets," had 287 members by Thursday afternoon. 
 
Yousef Assidiq, a Norwegian who converted to Islam in 2009 and campaigns against Islamophobia and Islamic extremist, said he was "disappointed" by Hussain's site. 
 
"I believe in tolerance and I hope that Muslims can get together and support the pride festival on Saturday, and at least ensure that there's no violence or hatred coming out that day," he told The Local. 
 
Assidiq earlier posted a call to Muslims to defend the rights of gay people. 
 
"We Muslims expect to be able to live our daily lives without being harassed, threatened or attacked. We require to be defended from attack, intolerance and hatred," he wrote. "Then we should make sure that all the other people get the same security and the same rights." 
 
Ubaydullah Hussain was formerly the spokesman of Profeten's Ummah, a controversial extremist group which has praised Osama bin Ladin and also claimed to be involved in recruiting Norwegians to fight in Syria.
 
Story continues below…
Hussain's involvement in the group brought an end to a promising career as a referee, after he was banned by the Norwegian football association because of his extreme views.  
 
Stein Runar Østigård, the chairman of Oslo Pride, said Islamic opposition to the festival had "almost become a tradition". 
 
"This is just sad," he added. "I hardly know what to say."

For more news from Norway, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Norway’s asylum figures ‘down 95 percent’
A child plays at the Bjørnebekk asylum centre in Ås. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

New figures reveal lowest asylum numbers in 19 years.

Google teams up with Norway’s largest wind park
File photo: Kjell Herskedal/NTB Scanpix

Google has agreed to purchase the entire output of the Tellenes wind power park in Rogaland, where construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Norway’s royals apologize after old lady knocked over
The incident happened while King Harald and Queen Sonja were hiking in Bodø. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

The Royal Court has apologized for what witnesses say was "unnecessary and aggressive behaviour" that sent an elderly woman to the hospital.

Norway no longer world's best country: report
No longer number one, but still pretty darned good. Photo: Erik Johansen / NTB scanpix

Norway fell from first to seventh place in a new life quality report.

Brexit
Norway won't commit to UK joining EFTA
PM Erna Solberg was in Brussels on Tuesday to meet with other Conservative leaders. Photo: Johan Falnes / NTB scanpix

Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Tuesday she has not concluded whether a British membership in the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) would be good for Norway.

Mass brawl breaks out at Norway asylum centre
The Forus asylum centre in Stavanger. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB scanpix

A rejected asylum seeker was arrested early on Tuesday after a fight involving up to 20 people.

Brit held for throwing pie at Norway's equality minister
The woman accepted the court's judgement but denied having planned the pie attack. Photo: Erik Fosheim Brandsborg / NTB scanpix

A British woman will be held on remand for for weeks for attacking Norwegian Equality Minister Solveig Horne with a cream pie.

Brexit
Iceland president: Brexit is good news for Norway
Iceland president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, shown here in 2008. Photo: Kyrre Lien/NTB Scanpix

Iceland's long-time president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson says that Brexit can give Norway and other northern countries a more important role.

Oslo court rejects Edward Snowden lawsuit
Edward Snowden speaking via satellite as he received the Bjornson prize in September. Photo: Svein Ove Ekornesvåg / NTB scanpix

The Oslo District Court on Monday rejected American whistleblower Edward Snowden’s lawsuit to prevent his potential extradition.

Video
VIDEO: Norwegians set world record for largest bonfire
The bonfire was measured at 47.4 metres. Photo: Runar Andersen / NTB scanpix

See stunning video of the world's tallest bonfire going up in flames as Norway celebrated midsummer.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Norway's ‘biggest sovereignty concession’ to EU in years
National
Norway makes ‘biggest sovereignty concession’ to EU in years
Sponsored Article
Education abroad: How to find an international school
Norway boosts defence against Russia threat
International
Norway boosts defence against Russia threat
FACT-CHECK: No, Norway isn’t banning diesel and petrol cars
National
FACT-CHECK: No, Norway isn’t banning diesel and petrol cars – yet
Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030
National
Norway aims to be climate-neutral by 2030
Migrant numbers plunge as Norway now 'less attractive'
National
Migrant numbers plunge as Norway now 'less attractive'
Society
Record number of kids mark Norway's National Day
Take a ride on Norway's most spectacular road
Travel
Take a ride on Norway's most spectacular road
All 13 on board die in Norway helicopter crash
National
All 13 on board die in Norway helicopter crash
National
Norway violated mass murderer's human rights: court
Modern-day Norwegian Viking conquers Instagram
Lifestyle
Modern-day Norwegian Viking conquers Instagram
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Global protests condemn 'legal kidnapping' in Norway
National
Global protests condemn 'legal kidnapping' in Norway
Norway to allow gay church weddings
Society
Church of Norway to allow same-sex weddings
'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses
National
'No means no': Norway sends migrants on anti-rape courses
For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God
Society
For first time, majority in Norway don’t believe in God
Norway preps 'breakthrough' on gender change
Health
Norway preps 'breakthrough' on gender change
Breivik says he'll fight 'to the death' for Nazism
National
Breivik says he'll fight 'to the death' for Nazism
2,034
jobs available