A Muslim anti-gay cleric, who made controversial remarks against homosexuals, has left Australia after a wave of anger hit the nation following the recent killing of gays in Orlando massacre on Sunday.
The anti-gay scholar Farrokh Sekaleshfar boarded a flight on Tuesday night at Sydney Airports as soon as he came to know that his visa was under review after the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, according to News.com.au. The review of the visa of this man came following his negative comments on the homosexual society. In 2013, in a lecture in Michigan, the cleric suggested a death penalty for the gays.
“Out of compassion, let’s get rid of him now because he’s contaminating society,” Sekaleshfar said, according to an online recording.
Sekaleshfar was on a visit to Sydney’s Imam Husain Islamic Centre (IHIC) for the holy occasion of Ramadan of the Muslims. During his visit, he told Lateline that he would leave Australia. “It’s a decision which IHIC thought it was in my best interests and for the best interests of the community. And I didn’t want to go against the committee’s decision,” he said.
“And all I want to say — because I know this got caught up in the political and everything — that never have I incited hatred or violence against human beings. And I want from the Prime Minister to the people of Australia to understand that.”
The Sydney Morning Herald also added that there has been no evidence of Sekaleshfar’s involvement in Orlando shooting massacre. The anti-gay cleric told Reuters on Monday that he considered the shooting incident as a “barbaric act of terror that was in no way justified.”
Meanwhile, Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters that he has “zero tolerance” for people who visit Australia to preach hatred. He confirmed that the government was reviewing the Muslim scholar’s visa. He specified that the decision to leave Australia was his own and he has not been asked to do so by the government.