Goldsmiths Islamic Society president resigns in light of ‘homophobia’ claims
The president of the Islamic Society (Isoc) at Goldsmiths has resigned following a motion of no confidence.
Isoc released a statement reading: “In light of recent allegations attributed to Muhammed Patel a meeting was called to discuss a motion of no confidence.
“Soon after Muhammed tendered his resignation and it was accepted by the committee.”
No official reason has been given by the society or the students’ union, although the president has recently faced accusations of homophobia after a series of tweets were shared by users across social media.
The Twitter account @mopey96, believed to be associated with Muhammed Patel, has since been deleted.
— LGBT Sikhs (@SarbatSikhs) December 7, 2015
The statement continued: “In the interim, the committee will appoint an acting president to serve for the remainder of the academic year.
“The committee would like to extend gratitude to all societies on campus specifically the FemSoc and LGBTQ societies for their continued support in the face of inaccurate assertions, threats and Islamophobic messages.
“Hate speech of any kind has no place in our society.”
The students’ union said in a statement: “Equality, diversity and respect for others within the Goldsmiths community are core values at Goldsmiths SU and we welcome this news.”
The Islamic Society at Goldsmiths has recently come under fire for allegedly disrupting a lecture last week following a complaint by the university’s Atheist, Secularist and Humanist society (ASH).
However, Isoc also complained of “unnecessary bullying and violence” by members of ASH and security staff in the aftermath of the lecture, saying in a statement: “The university should be a safe space for all our students. Islamophobic views like those propagated by Namazie create a climate of hatred and bigotry towards Muslim students.”
The activist and broadcaster Maryam Namazie delivered a lecture on Monday 30 November on ‘Apostasy, Blasphemy and Free Expression in the age of ISIS’. The lecture is currently being investigated by Goldsmiths students’ union.
Goldsmiths Islamic Society was asked for clarification but did not respond at the time of writing.
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