My wife, Gena, and my hearts broke with the rest of the nation over the Orlando terror massacre a week ago. But what further broke our hearts was to watch progressives like Hillary Clinton defend Islam at the cost of further trampling the LGBT community.
First, on the surface, it sounded like Hillary and her comrades on the left were defending those who were massacred this last week in Orlando.
She wrote in a fundraising letter: “In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, the GOP nominee for president didn’t pledge to stand with the LGBT community, didn’t make a distinction between Muslims and jihadists … ”
But the truth is just the opposite: Trump is actually defending the LGBT community via his advocacy to fight jihadists, and Hillary is abandoning them. Let me explain.
What Hillary and others on the left are not telling you is that moderate Islam might be much more anti-gay than all of them are alluding.
Case in point: Fahad Qureshi, who is considered an Islamic leader in Norway and speaks at Islamic conferences, admitted that the desire to see homosexuals killed was a belief held by so-called “moderate” Muslims. He said “every Muslim” wants “the death penalty for homosexuals.”
According to CNSNews.com, Fahad explained to an audience of Sunni Muslims at a Nov. 7, 2013, conference: “Every Muslim believes in these things. Just because they are not telling you about it, or just because they are not out there in the media, doesn’t mean that they don’t believe in them.”
Fahad explained that these things are clear in the sacred writings of Islam.
For the majority of Muslims who adhere to the hadith, sayings attributed to the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, homosexuality is condemned and is to be punished.
Abu Dawud’s authoritative hadith collection records the following report from Abdullah ibn Abbas: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done” (38:4447).
The Quran (Surah 4:15-16) even mandates unspecified punishment for those guilty of sexual lewdness together unless they repent.
Christopher van der Krogt, a lecturer in history at Massey University, recently wrote: “The 17th-century Muslim scholar Haskafi explicitly included “a male” in his list of those whom a man could not legally marry. Marriage was understood in hierarchical terms, but although a man could have sexual relations with female slaves, he did not have the same rights over male slaves.”
No wonder 10 Muslim countries in and outside the Middle East officially condemn homosexuality and say it can be punishable by death, including stoning. They include Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Afghanistan, the United Arab Emirates, Somalia and Sudan, according to the Washington Post.