June is LGBT Pride Month. Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion of the LGBT sexual orientation, no one can deny that the gay community has made tremendous strides towards acceptance in America.
The American Left has made it their mission to be the champion of every group they see as “marginalized” in the U.S. The issue is, supporting all these special interest groups has put them at a crossroads. What do they do when one group persecutes another group worldwide? Do you abandon that group? Or simply hurl insults at anyone who points out your ideological inconsistencies, labeling them “Islamophobic” or “homophobic”?
But insults don’t erase the deeper issue here. How can you support two groups simultaneously, when your support of one undermines the rights of the other?
You Have To Pick One: Gay Rights or Islam
Despite all of the successes the queer community has attained in America, the public mustn’t ignore the fact that there are LGBT people who are still persecuted for their homosexuality around the globe. The tragic fact remains that in most Muslim countries, homosexuality is not something that’s accepted, let alone celebrated. In some of these nations, the sin of being a homosexual is something that’s even punishable by death. To put it simply, in Islamic countries, there are no gay rights.
How can you support two groups simultaneously, when your support of one undermines the rights of the other?
When we point out how the so-called pro-gay activists are turning a blind eye to the persecution of homosexuals in Islamic countries, they like to point out that homophobia is not exclusive to Islam, stating that the Bible also condemns homosexuality. Thus devout Christians are no better. The difference, however, is that while some devout Christians may reject the homosexual lifestyle because it contradicts their religion, Western countries don’t criminalize homosexuality and punish gay people with lashings, jail time, or even death like they do in Islamic countries.
The Persecution of Homosexuals in Islamic Countries
This kind of extreme homophobia is still prevalent in Islamic countries and culture today. In the Al-Quran, Allah “rained down on them a shower of brimstone” on the city of Sodom and Gomorrah for their practice of homosexuality. The Hadith, which is like a guidebook for the instructions of the Al-Quran recommends that “If a man who is not married is seized committing sodomy, he will be stoned to death.”
Islam is different from Christianity in its punishment for homosexuality.
Some will argue against the criticism of Islamic homophobia with “Yeah, but other religions condemn homosexuality too! It says in the Bible that homosexuality is a sin!” The difference, my friend, is that the al-Quran is not open to interpretation when it comes to punishing homosexual actions.
By executing homosexuals, Islam says there isn’t a difference between the sin and the sinner.
The New Testament may assert that homosexual actions are a sin, but it doesn’t decree that the people who do them should be killed. Similar to the situation of the woman caught in the act of adultery — who should have been stoned to death according to Jewish law — Jesus forgives the sin. Similarly, the apostle Paul writes against the actions of homosexuality in his epistles, but he doesn’t encourage anything that diminishes the rights or the dignity of the people who do them. Christianity’s proper disposition is to hate the sin but to love the sinner. By executing homosexuals, Islam says there isn’t a difference between the two.
There’s no room for interpretation in the Quran.
Additionally, in Islam, the al-Quran is supposed to be interpreted as the literal and direct word of God. There is no “al-Quran group study” to discuss what this or that passage means. Devout Muslims just memorize the Quran verbatim. The belief that the Quran is Allah’s final revelation to humanity is one reason why the Islamic world is still stuck in the 6th century, whereas progressive Christians give the Bible more inclusive interpretations.
The al-Quran is not open to interpretation when it comes to punishing homosexual actions.
This difference in how religious literature is interpreted by their followers is why we can see the Episcopalian Church warmly embracing the LGBTQ community as part of their fellowship, while on the other hand, the Islamic State of the Levant will brutally execute homosexuals by throwing them off the roofs of buildings. It’s the reason why the majority of Islamic countries still criminalize homosexuality, some with the penalty of death.
This is Leftist Doublethink
In the book 1984, the narrator describes a process used by their totalitarian government to convince their citizens of things they know to be untrue - doublethink. Doublethink is defined as "the ability to hold two completely contradictory beliefs at the same time and to believe they are both true." We see this process at work in many radical left beliefs, where two of their platforms seemingly contradict the other.
Now, this isn't to say that the leaders of these movements are following 1984 like some sort of guidebook. But the book's description of how totalitarians rely on forcing people to accept things they know to be contradictory or plain false is evident today. Whenever you see a group pushing two completely opposing ideas on you, that you're supposed to believe at the same time, you might be dealing with a totalitarian.
Closing Thoughts: Americans Need To Pick a Side
It should not be controversial or hateful to defend human rights around the world. No matter what your political or religious beliefs, executing someone for their sexuality is a heinous act that needs to be stopped worldwide. But in America, it seems that the groups who promote themselves as champions of gay rights have turned a blind eye to their persecution because it would point out the flaws of another “oppressed minority.”
As Americans, we should be standing up for the rights and freedoms of truly oppressed groups in the world. Until these so-called pro-gay movements are brave enough to admit the horrors being perpetrated in the Muslim world, we will see the same logical evasions and excuses that feminists use to ignore women’s oppression in the same places.
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