Posted: Mar 11, 2013 5:57 pm
by HomerJay
UCL responds:

An organisation known as the Islamic Education and Research Academy (IERA) booked a room at UCL for a debate on Saturday evening (9 March). UCL was notified during Friday by some individuals planning to attend the event that the organisers intended to segregate the audience by gender.

This was directly contrary to UCL policy. We do not allow enforced segregation on any grounds at meetings held on campus. We immediately made clear to the organisers that the event would be cancelled if there were any attempt to enforce such segregation. We also required the organisers to make it explicit to attendees that seating arrangements were optional, and guests were welcome to sit wherever they felt comfortable. We also arranged for additional security staff to be present to ensure that people were not seated against their wishes.

It now appears that, despite our clear instructions, attempts were made to enforce segregation at the meeting. We are still investigating what actually happened at the meeting but, given IERA’s original intentions for a segregated audience we have concluded that their interests are contrary to UCL’s ethos and that we should not allow any further events involving them to take place on UCL premises. ... 13-meeting

They respond in kind:

UCL banned iERA for allowing gender segregation at their debate this weekend. Where has the justice gone? We are truly living in the last days, we have reached a tipping point in the West, the time for practicing your faith here with ease has past -Allah knows best.

We urge UCL to see sense and rescind this extremist Islamophobic action immediately. Britain was once a place of freedom. Normalised Islamic practices are now deemed as being against British cultural values, the message is clear, either lose Islam and join us in full or get out. Action Alert to follow... ... 1506662619

Abdur Raheem Green of iERA on how the Quran forbids wife beating:

The husband is allowed, to prevent her from evil, to apply some type of physical force … It is not allowed to break the skin, does not allow to break a bone or even leave a mark on the skin. A beating that is that severe is forbidden and this is a type of assault, and is haram, and a crime in Islam to treat your wife like that. But a type of physical reprimand in order to bring her to goodness is allowed.

Checkout harry's place for the details (hat tip).