South Africa: Pro-gay ‘open mosque’ burnt by arsonists

Oct 4, 2014
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A Cape Town mosque which preached acceptance of gay people has been damaged in an arson attack.

The controversial Open Mosque opened its doors last month, causing outrage among hard-line Islamists, as it allows women to lead prayers, does not segregate based on gender, and accepts gay people.

However, the mosque, whose founder Taj Hargey said he hoped to counter radicalism by being more inclusive, was damaged in an arson attack last night.

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Dr Hargey told AFP that the attack – which caused substantial damage to the building – was caught on CCTV on the eve of the Muslim holy festival of Eid.

He said: “This a deliberate arson attack. They used petrol and oil.”

No one was hurt in the attack, as the building was empty overnight.

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