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Think about it… March 31, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Media, Religion, Responses.

I've just been sent this link to an American site called We Are Thinking, made by some people who have also made several television messages, which can be viewed on the site.

Their aim is to challenge the hitching onto (or even hijacking of) the civil rights movement by LGBT campaigners. I'd urge everyone to watch the commercials, which are rather provocative. They feature a Jewish man, a man in a wheelchair and an African-American saying the following, respectively (excerpted):

[On homophobia] "They use other words for us too, like hatemonger, or Nazi. But I'm no Nazi: I'm a Jewish American. And I don't believe that people should be given special rights based on who they have sex with."

"Civil rights protect Americans with immutable attributes like race, gender and disability… Gay sex is an action, not an attribute… Sex is an option, but cerebral palsy isn't."

"Our parents did not march with Dr. King so Tom and John could get married."

There are a couple more, including some interesting comments from psychiatrist Robert Spitzer.

I think that many people would find these messages offensive, because they speak bluntly against ideas that self-identifying LGB or T people hold sacred, along with so many others of the liberal persuasions. But such short messages may have to be blunt in order to make an impact, and perhaps have people think over them. Unfortunately, much of the other side of the "debate" is also conducted by flinging slogans about, and intimidating those who feel uncomfortable about the framework of the discussion, or its basic assumptions (such as "sexual orientation" being a true phenomenon and not something that could be explained as a matter of experience).

A shortcoming of the We Are Thinking messages is the stark distinction made between actions and identity, with no consideration given to the idea that identity can be formed by development as well as congenital factors. So while it is true to say that "Sex is an option, but cerebral palsy isn't", it isn't so simple to say that "being homosexual" is an option – because this idea of "being" is not primarily about actions, in the minds of those who adopt the identity. We should understand one another and adjust our language accordingly. [A general guideline for effective dialogue!]


1. Yousef - April 2, 2006

Liberalism, Homosexualism and Religion…

You know, one of the basic facts that we tend to forget about as human beings is the existence and the nature of Satan. In fact, our societies have become so arrogant that they refuse to acknowledge the evils in the world by that term…and would rather leave them to the ambiguity of a term such as “evil” (these peaople claim too much intelligence to believe such nonesense about beings called satans that lurk around and whisper in our hears).

The Islamic concept about that which is “evil” defines the collaboration between Satan and the “nafs” Arabic for “self”. Eventually what seems to happen to civilizations is that they get to a point when their power is so great and they become so mighty that they forget where this might and power came down from and that GOD and GOD alone is the posessor of all power and all might.

This is extremely important to point out especially when looking at such grave matters as homosexualism. Keeping in mind the following Ayah (verse) from Surat Al-Kahf (the Cave):
verses 28 and 29:

And keep yourself (O Muhammad ) patiently with those who call on their Lord (i.e. your companions who remember their Lord with glorification, praising in prayers, etc., and other righteous deeds, etc.) morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.

And say: “The truth is from your Lord.” Then whosoever wills, let him believe, and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve. Verily, We have prepared for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.), a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah). And if they ask for help (relief, water, etc.) they will be granted water like boiling oil, that will scald their faces. Terrible the drink, and an evil Murtafaqa (dwelling, resting place, etc.)!

I think it’s very importnat for any one that is reading the literature of the Muslim homosexualists to keep this in mind…more importnatly, the Muslims themselves need to keep that in mind, homosexualists or not. The homosexualists currently find company in the fringe groups that are basically calling on Islam to be nothing more than occasional prayer and fasting. Unfortunately, these groups fail to realze how full and complete Islam and its scholarship are simply in order to gain some peace of mind in order to satisfy their lusts. I end with the words of the translation of the words of God “The Truth is from your Lord” Please…make a will to believe.
God knows best.
Assalamu alaikum.

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