Something that gays and Christians should be able to agree on

In Afghanistan, a convert to Christianity faces the death sentence. And, according to some Islamic scholars, homosexuality likewise is to be punished by a death sentence. This is what we are told is what the Koran requires of such "crimes."

Well, if stoning a woman--but not a man--for adultery also is required, then I guess we shouldn't be surprised. 

Hence, the question, posed here and answered by IslamOnLine.net:

As to the issue of how the homosexual person is judged in an Islamic State, the Companions of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him differed among themselves on this issue, and this led to different views maintained by Muslim Jurists. For example, in the Hanafi school of thought, the homosexual is punished through harsh beating, and if he/she repeats the act, death penalty is to be applied. As for the Shafi`i school of thought, the homosexual receives the same punishment of adultery (if he/she is married) or fornication (if not married). This means, that if the homosexual is married, he/she is stoned to death, while if single, he/she is whipped 100 times. Hence, the Shafi`i compares the punishment applied in the case of homosexuality with that of adultery and fornication, while the Hanafi differentiates between the two acts because in homosexuality, the anus (a place of impurity) may also be involved while in adultery (and fornication), the penis/vagina (which are reproductive parts) are involved. Some scholars hold the opinion that the homosexual should be thrown from a high building as a punishment for his crime, but other scholars maintain that he should be imprisoned until death.

Read more:http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503545556#ixzz1Ecv3q7ok

Wow. Perhaps Christians and gays could find common ground in opposing these barbaric practices.

Filed under: Opinion, Politics, Religion

Tags: politics, religion

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  • Dennis, this issue will never be discussed among Christians, or Americans in general, because it falls under " media-generated slander against Islam." Is it true? Yes, but it makes Islam look bad, and we can't have that.

    Also, I have been following the Tribune's coverage of the Willowbrook mosque issue. I understand that sometimes faith communities need to expand. However, it's troubling that the Trib continues to give credence to CAIR, which is supporting the mosque expansion. You should look at CAIR's website--particularly their downloads for educators and employers. CAIR's leadership is also pretty radical. The fact that the Willowbrook mosque planners, MECCA, have not distanced themselves from CAIR, and instead have accepted their support, gives me pause. Does MECCA share CAIR's politics? If so, the citizens of DuPage have every reason to be upset. And not because of zoning.

    The Trib photo/article featuring Christian and Jewish religious leaders coming out to support MECCA was also heartwarming. Kind of reminded me of all those photos of imams in Saudi, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, etc., who publicly stood up to advocate for churches in their communities!

  • HELP ME - I am T R A P P E D on a Stone Age Planet.

    P L E A S E somebody come and rescue me from this abominably primitive sinkhole.

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