MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan is under fire for recordings in which he compared gays to pedophiles and referred to non-Muslims as animals and cattle.
In one of the recordings, which resurfaced on social media after it was posted by conservative commentator and Human Events editor Jack Posobiec, the host of "The Mehdi Hasan Show" on MSNBC compared non-Muslims and atheists to “cattle” and included “homosexuals” in a long list of abhorrent behaviors and and categories that he claims are transgressive of Islam including pedophilia and bestiality. He referred to non-Muslims as “kaffir,” or infidel.
“All of these ulama unanimously agree that at the very minimum if Yazid was not a Kaffir — then at the very minimum he was a fasiq, a transgressor, a breaker of Islamic laws, a corrupt individual, a tyrant, a killer a drunkard, a dog lover, a music lover, a homosexual, a pedophile, a sexual deviant, someone who slept with his own mother,” Hasan said in the sermon.
“In this respect the Koran describes the atheist as cattle. As cattle of those who grow the crops and do not stop and wonder about this world,” he also said.
A full archive of Hasan’s remarks was saved on Archive.org.
Hasan, who has previously addressed the remarks on Twitter, has not seen any consequences to his career as a result of his opinions, when they previously surfaced. Hasan, who worked at Al Jazeera at the time, also worked for The Intercept, which said it stood by the columnist and described his decision to speak up as “showing regret and contrition,” per The Wrap in 2019.
Despite having previously addressed his statements, Hasan has continued to denigrate and dehumanize his political opponents, the Republicans, as “domestic terrorists” and the supporters of terrorism.