Peace TV faces a ban from the UK after a presenter claimed that gay people were “worse than animals.” The complaint arose from a segment called The Valley of the Homosexuals.
Ofcom has ruled that four of the station’s programmes have breached its rules on hate speech, offence, abusive treatment and incitement to crime.
Powers given to Ofcom means that it could take the station off air for the breaches, if deemed severe enough, but it could also impose a lesser punishment, such as a fine.
During the segment, which is part of the Strengthening the Family series, a presenter said: “Homosexuality throughout the world has gone rampant, but it didn’t just begin.
“It’s not new, but society made an attempt to soften the blow of homosexuality by giving it softer names, like gay. That’s insane but that’s the way this world is, and Shaitaan (Satan) is having a good time – inviting people to join him in the hell fire.”
He then became critical of the support that some societies have shown to the LGBTQ community, saying: “They make laws now, the newest and most brash and insane laws, laws that protect homosexuals and even make it legal for them to marry each other. Men marrying men.
“Being on television in front of our children, kissing each other in the mouth, walking down the street, hugging and kissing – this society has gone insane.”
The presenter added: “Even an animal that is defiled by Islam, the pig – as nasty and corrupted and contaminated as a pig is – you never see two male pigs that are trying to have sex together. That’s insanity… worse than animals.”
In a statement, Ofcom said: “Ofcom considered the breaches in this case to be serious. We are putting the Licensee on notice that we will consider these breaches for the imposition of a statutory sanction.”
However, Lord Production, which owns the broadcast licence for Peace TV, is defending the broadcast. It claimed not to have breached Ofcom’s rules, but instead offered “a robust stand against homosexuality, but very much from a religious standpoint.”