University of Kent ‘extremist’ Muslim preacher talk in Canterbury is axed

THE UNIVERSITY of Kent has been slammed by students after an Islamic extremist preacher, who has expressed homophobic and anti-Semitic views, was banned from giving a talk on the Canterbury campus.

Haitham al-Haddad, who has referred to homosexuality as a “scourge” and said “a man should not be questioned why he hit his wife”, was invited by the Kent Islamic Society to give a talk on Sharia law on March 4.

But it appears a decision at the 11th hour by the University of Kent banned the Imam, who presides over a Sharia Court, from speaking at the campus, under their code of practice. The Times has contacted the university for comment.

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