Perhaps the most high profile Islamist organisation on UK campuses in recent years has been iERA, the Islamic Education and Research Academy, headed by Hamza Tzortzis. It was iERA who caused the extremely damaging argument about segregation by Muslim students at universities, when, back in 2013 they attempted to segregate men and women onto separate sides of the room during a public meeting at UCL.
In a worrying sign of their attitude, at the time iERA pictured its male rota of speakers on their website, but portrayed the females as faceless hijabs - an indication no doubt, of their role in iERA's vision for our society. Today the same approach applies, with the men on iERA's 'Meet Our Speakers' page featured in all their glory, the women, listed last, recorded only by their names. Welcome to British Islam?
News emerges though, that Hamza Tzortzis may not always be so keen to keep women at a distance. In a sheepish post on his Facebook page, iERA's leader reports that his name, address and bank details appear in the leaks from the Ashley Madison site - a website dedicated to enabling no strings sex for married men and married women seeking an affair. This, we are told is an 'obvious case of fraud' even though he had carried on paying for membership of the site over several months. So busy was Mr Tzortzis doing Allah's work on campus, he neglected to notice his bank statements recorded regular fraudulent payments to a dating site with the by-line 'Life is short. Have an affair.' Easily done!
It is certainly possible however to think that the great man is hedging his bets a little, when he declares:
"My whereabouts and activities, both private and public are traceable and recorded, and there is without any doubt that I have not pursued such immoral acts that the site promotes (this includes permissible acts, for instance the endeavour to find another halal wife [who can also be a non-Muslim] who wanted to be with a married man, which is allowed in Islam)."
With the demise of the News of the World, that familiar staple of our Sunday reading, the tabloid sex scandal, could have become a thing of the past. For reasons of nostalgia, it is comforting to see that conservative religion and its inherent hypocrisy can still provide a chortle or two over our Sunday morning cornflakes. Those iERA tried to separate into different halves of the room at UCL in 2013 will certainly afford themselves a wry smile.
But simply laughing at groups like iERA is not enough - as the Council of Ex-Muslims illustrated in their report 'Evangelising Hate - the Islamic Education and Research Academy' - iERA present some real problems and dangers. Lets laugh at them now, but make sure that they are not the one's laughing tomorrow.