The massacre of gay men in a club in America has everything to do with religion

…Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, told NBC News his son became angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami several months ago.

‘This has nothing to do with religion,’ he said. ‘We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock like the whole country.’

Milo Yianopoulos disagrees. As a homosexual he has stated many times that as a gay man, mass Muslim immigration terrifies him. He is terrified because intolerance of gays has everything to do with religion. According to the Economist, of the seven countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality all are Muslim.

What happened:

America’s most deadly mass shooter, 29, called 911 to pledge allegiance to ISIS before shooting dead 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub…

  • US citizen Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of this morning  

  • Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, killed at least 50 people, injured 53 and took party-goers hostage

  • Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescued around 30 people who had been taken hostage

  • Officers engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet

  • Mateen was shot dead by officers shortly after 5am – three hours after the massacre began

-dailymail.co.uk

The facts about how Muslim countries view homosexuality are unequivocal.

 

ONE leaflet showed a wooden doll hanging from a noose and suggested burning or stoning homosexuals. “God Abhors You” read another. A third warned gays: “Turn or Burn”. Three Muslim men who handed out the leaflets in the English city of Derby were convicted of hate crimes on January 20th. One of them, Kabir Ahmed, said his Muslim duty was “to give the message”.

That message—at least in the eyes of religious purists— is uncompromising condemnation. Of the seven countries that impose the death penalty for homosexuality, all are Muslim. Even when gays do not face execution, persecution is endemic. In 2010 a Saudi man was sentenced to 500 lashes and five years in jail for having sex with another man. In February last year, police in Bahrain arrested scores of men, mostly other Gulf nationals, at a “gay party”. Iranian gay men are typically tried on other trumped-up charges. But in September last year three were executed specifically for homosexuality. (Lesbians in Muslim countries tend to have an easier time: in Iran they are sentenced to death only on the fourth conviction.)

…Unsurprisingly, the debate, such as it is, is led by gay Muslims outside the Islamic world. Though their rights are better protected, they too can suffer from intolerance—as the trial in Derby last month highlighted. In European cities with lots of poor, pious Muslim immigrants, municipal politics brings some rum alliances. Ken Livingstone, a left-wing London politician with a strong record on gay rights, has in the past welcomed Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an America-bashing Muslim cleric from Egypt who supports the death penalty for homosexuality.

In Muslim countries activists have mostly shied away from the pitfalls of theological debate. Instead, groups such as Helem, a Lebanese NGO, use the secular language of human rights, citing United Nations declarations. Mr Alizadeh sees progress, though it is slow. Even some Muslim clerics, the group most resistant to reform, are shifting slightly. After attacks on gay men in Iraq in 2009, Muqtada al-Sadr, a fiery Shia cleric, condemned the killings. He said that the “depravity” of homosexuality should indeed be eradicated, but through “preaching and guidance” rather than violence. Optimists would see that as progress, of a sort.

-economist.com


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