The Queer Muslim Reformation May 24, 2006Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Media, Proggies, Queer Muslims.
For anyone confused by writers who have linked the "gay Muslim liberation" struggle to the attempt to create an "Islamic Reformation" (e.g. Shaykh Riyad Nadwi), just take a look at this promotion for the aforementioned propaganda piece, vainly called "In the Name of Allah". It is clearer in a newsletter received by e-mail, from which I quote this excerpt:
As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. But the real-life characters of In the Name of Allah aren't willing to abandon a faith they cherish, despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being.
The international chorus of gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims brought together by In the Name of Allah doesn't seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film's extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future.
As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face. However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They feel Islam is at a tipping point and they are willing to take the risk.
To raise funds, they are having a cocktail party (!!) on June 12th in New York. You can't make this stuff up.