German immigration authorities have ordered the expulsion of a hardline visiting Jamaican Islamic imam who argues that homosexuals should be condemned to death, reports Deutsche Welle. This comes after Imam Bilal Philips spoke to thousands in Frankfurt.
The officials said that immigration authorities had issued an order - prior to Philips' address to some 2,000 spectators in Frankfurt - instructing the 60-year-old Islam convert to leave Germany within three days, claiming his professed beliefs infringed on federal laws.
Witnesses said no remarks regarding homosexuality were made in the Wednesday address and that its tone was not inflammatory.
[Philips was invited to address the Frankfurt demonstration in defense of "Islam, the Misunderstood Religion" by Pierre Vogel, a German-born convert to Islam who authorities say harbors fundamentalist views that are closely linked to Islamism - the belief that Islam must prevail over political life.
Authorities specifically cited YouTube videos where Philips justified the death penalty as a punishment for proven homosexual acts.
The Jamaican national has been asked to never return to Germany. An arrest warrant has been issued in case Phillips does not leave Germany before the expulsion deadline.