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