Now before anyone starts ranting here, I want to make it very clear that such a statement is clearly outrageous and intolerable. However, it would seem that the Iman was trying to explain his interpretation of the 'official Muslim POV' when he was interviewed by local psychotherapist Dr. John Casson:
"I asked him what would be the British Muslim view? He repeated that in an Islamic state these punishments were justified. They might result in the deaths of thousands but if this deterred millions from having sex, and spreading disease, then it was worthwhile to protect the wider community."
"I checked again that this was not a matter of tradition, culture or local prejudice. 'No,' he said, 'It is part of the central tenets of Islam: that sex outside marriage is forbidden; this is stated in the Koran and the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) had stated that these punishments were due to such behaviours.'"
Gay Rights groups are justifiably upset by these remarks, and speaking out against them. Some are saying that gays and Muslims should be working together; not against each other.
Ferret complains that MSM seem to be ignoring this story, but I did happen to find a BBC report:
Massoud Shadjareh, from the Islamic Human Rights Commission, said this was not an issue for Muslims.
He said homosexuality was "not compatible" with Islam, just as it was not compatible with other orthodox religions, such as Catholicism.
He added: "Just one man talking to another becomes an issue, Muslims are being put under a magnifying glass.
"I think that this is part of demonising Muslims," he said.
Well, while the official Catholic stance do not agree with homosexuality, I have never heard the Pope advocate executing gay folks.
However, I find this interesting because unlike the U.S. which has a 'melting pot' immigration philosophy, in a multicultural society we are all supposed to somehow retain our cultural traditions and respect each other's lifestyles, religions, etc. However, these two particular minority rights groups seem to be set on a collision course.
Will this type of attitude spill over to Canada at some point? Or are we so 'evolved' that this shouldn't be a problem, no matter which direction our immigration demographics happen to shift?
Update: Canada on the hit list.
Hallowe'en Update: From Dhimmi Watch - "Uncovered Meat" Shiek apologizes..", (but ever the victim).