Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Religious Double Standards on the Huffington Post

If you'll pardon me for a second, in this post I'm going to step outside what we usually discuss. Now, we all know that in the Huffington Post there is endless criticism of Judaism and Jewish practices. From the Western Wall to circumcision to the nature of Israel as a Jewish state, nothing involving Judaism is sacred from criticism. And as an atheist, I'm totally okay with that. But what I'm not okay with is that when it comes to Islam, the Huffington Post will bring in bloggers not only to defend its somewhat sketchier sides, but lie to do so! In a follow up to an article explaining why sharia law isn't so bad, two other Huffington Post bloggers are here to explain why the Prophet Muhammad would vote Democrat. Because for a guy who lived in the 8th century he's so progressive, you see.

I'm not going to discuss the whole article because it first rehashes sharia then talks about matters like healthcare. This is what I wanted to talk about:
'And what about same-sex marriage and reproductive rights? Some things just aren't the domain of the state, under Islamic law. According to Professor Fadel, "one can certainly take the view, and I know a lot of Muslims might find this to be controversial, that we can support the idea of same-sex marriage because what we want is to make sure that all citizens have access to the same kinds of public benefits that other people do."'
No, that's not a joke. This is the Huffington Post telling us that most Muslims and the Prophet Muhammad would probably be okay with same-sex marriage. I'm not an expert on Islam but even I know that that flies in the face of all available evidence on the subject. There is not one single Muslim majority nation that has gay marriage, and in the vast majority of them homosexuality is straight up illegal. In secular Turkey there have been gay honor killings.

What about the Koran itself? Well, like the Torah, when it comes to gay people it's pretty clear:
Qur'an (4:16) - "If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and amend, Leave them alone"
 Qur'an (7:80-84) - "...For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.... And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone)"
It seems pretty clear to me that what the Huffington Post bloggers say and what Islam actually says are rather...different. Very, very few religions are okay with gay people even existing, let alone them getting married. It's just that no other religions get Huffington Post bloggers to tell falsehoods for them. Isn't that nice?

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