“Do ye commit lewdness such as no people in creation committed before you? For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.” Qur’an 7:80-81
Tariq Ramadan, the well-known Muslim academic, has fittingly identified Islam’s condemnation of homosexuality as the liberals’ litmus test for successful integration in ‘modern’ Europe, a position he rightly ridicules for its obvious hypocrisy. After all, Christianity, the oft-proclaimed cornerstone of western culture, itself takes a fairly dim view of same-sex relationships.
The Pope, as recently as last year, intonated the need to save humankind from self-destruction, a reference many felt was specifically directed at homosexuality. Indeed, as many have noted, all the world’s major religions and spiritual traditions—from the majority view in Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism to Christianity and Islam—condemn and forbid homosexuality.
Islam did not introduce anti-homosexual literature to the world, both the Jewish and Christian scriptures which preceded the final message given to Muhammad are replete with condemnation.So why single Islam and Muslims out for special criticism?
Unfortunately, some misguided Muslims, having succumbed to the pressures of liberalism like their Christian counterparts, have now begun to engage in shameless semantic contortions of the scriptural texts in an effort to present a view that will find acceptance among non-Muslims in the west, namely that Islam does not condemn homosexuality. However, a cursory glance at the relevant texts will highlight the worthlessness of their futile assertions. Islam does indeed condemn homosexuality and it does so because it considers homosexual behaviour a choice, and therefore an act of disobedience.