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Poor reactions April 7, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Homosexualists, Responses.

Some comments have eventually emerged with regards to my thoughts on "Pavgate", over at EdNet. It's a shame that they're not particularly insightful. For all that homophobia is considered such a cardinal sin in this lovely movement, could people not perhaps ponder over the points presented, and offer reflections on how we can solve these issues of tension? By all means critique me, but at least do so intelligently.

I've also been mentioned by Brett Lock of OutRage:

The blog run by the bizarre ‘StraightWay Foundation’ (that group of ‘ex-gay’ Muslims who supported Ken Livingstone’s drooling over Qaradawi) put Ms Hearn in her place.

He obviously didn't read my two posts following the one he quoted from, where I explained why We’re not “ex-gay” and also approvingly linked to Hearn's Response to Tatchell. Or maybe he did, I don't know.

EDIT: Brett Lock has now described the StraightWay Foundation as "a Muslim version of NARTH". I have nothing against NARTH, but just take a look at their site and you will find that this comparison is completely ignorant. NARTH investigate the issue from a scientific perspective, while StraightWay is about explaining the Islamic position and offering simple advice to people trying to live up to it. Brett, in his hatred of "ex-gays", seems unable even to appreciate these entirely different approaches.

See Mujahid's summary of the history of clashes between StraightWay and Lock/OutRage, including StraightWay's responses to their ignorant mis-characterisations:

That Storm in a Teacup


1. Yousef - April 8, 2006

Geez, talk about unfounded accusations and feeble attempts at character assassination…what’s the matter Brett??? Are you really that scared?

2. Rasheed Eldin - April 8, 2006

Yousef, I saw your comments over at Brett's blog, and thanks for sticking up for us. I don't think he's going to change his mind though, somehow! But at least by pressing him to detail his accusations, we can ensure that the points are answered here for anyone who actually has an open mind (no matter how much that mind disagrees with us after consideration!).

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