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Is gay marriage/same-sex marriage allowable or not?

Part 2 of two parts:

Opposition to gay marriage from the
Aljazeera Magazine, a Muslim periodical.

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Readers' comments about the "Let's Talk" op-ed piece:

These replies are apparently from individuals of various organized religions, and perhaps secularists. We have corrected some grammar, spelling, etc in their postings. Some of the responses are a little difficult to read because the Aljazeera Magazine has filters in place that censor incoming messages. The filters remove the letters "sex" from same-sex marriage and homosexual, for example.

bullet Mohammed from Nigeria: "America is the Devil country. ... the U.S. has no morality. Anybody who proclaims to be in Islam is under Shariah [law]'. A Muslim nation is not democratic nor secular. A gay [person] is outside [of] Islam and not within the fold of Islam. Gay is totally condemned in the Qur'an and Hadith and should be punishable by stoning. No apology for this."

bullet George from India: "Homosexual behavior is ..."against the natural order. I guess it boils down to people who fear God and people who don't (I guess they don't believe in God). The Holy Bible says that 'The fool sayeth in his heart, "there is no God'."

bullet Michael from Australia: "In Iran and a lot of other M.E [Middle Eastern] countries you'll get hanged or stoned for being a homosexual. I have nothing against gay people, what they do is their own business. But they are also human beings and deserve the same rights as everyone else. This is what separates the West from M.E countries: human rights. God Bless America, God Save the Queen and thank Christ for Australia."

bullet "Reason" from Colorado: "There have been many studies that have found biological components about the people who are gay. There are also animals that are gay. Are you saying that the animals made the choice the choice to be gay? Just because you don't understand the biochemistry behind something does not mean that it is not true. You have the guts to say scientifically speaking that being gay is just a habit. You really have no idea what you are talking about. Please try to do a little bit of research before you say such silly things. If it was not biological then why are there gay animals?"

bullet "Space people" from Milky Way: "Same sex marriage is undesirable because it is nasty, unclean and against nature. That is why people need to watch and stay away from that alcohol, dope, and being around people with bad behavior. These things can influence the youth and lead people into abominable kinky things. These things are mind altering."

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bullet Farouq from UK: "Same[-sex] marriages are banned in most countries because it is against human nature. It is immoral. Now it's same marriage; tomorrow it will be marrying animals like they do in some western countries. Get a grip, you disgusting people."

bullet Brendon from USA: "Why does God, either Christian or Muslim or whatever, make people gay if it is so evil? it isn't a choice these people make. They are born this way and are definitely different. The human body is very complex and to say that someone is morally wrong because of it is INTOLERANT. I'm not really a fan of homos but I'm less a fan of religion. RELIGION... THE GLOBAL DIVIDER."

bullet "Faz" from UAE: "... every religion is against sodomy and Gayism. If you have forgotten Christianity go back and read the Bible and stop acting like a hypocrite."

bullet "Miss" from UK: "Live and let live! Religion teaches intolerance when at the same time tells people to turn the other cheek. If 2 people love each other how is it harming me? There are so many heterosexual couples who are together and don't love each over. This creates a bad environment and a bad home life for their children."

bullet Peter from Norway: "Homosexuality, like most other traits, is [caused by] a MIX of genes and environment, although we don't know how much of each for every case. This is basic genetics. The same goes for alcoholism and other "bad habits..." You also say that homosexuality is a reversal of the natural order, which I think is plain wrong. In nature there are hardly any patterns without exceptions. You can't say that things with a higher concentration are more natural. What about people who are infertile/sterile? Are they a reversal of the natural order as well? And should they not have sexual intercourse, since it will not lead to procreation in their case?"

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bullet Dhudi from USA: "SURA IV: 21. 'And if two (men) of you commit it, then hurt them both; but if they turn again and amend, leave them alone, verily, G-d is easily turned, compassionate.'  It appears to be OK for men to sleep together according to the Book, as long as they don’t do it again and again."

bullet Lore from Belgium: "I don't agree with your statements because I'm bisexual and I'm perfectly happy the way I am. Homosexuality is something you are born with and I believe the Middle East countries should respect those people who are the same as everyone else. In your country [there] are gay people to but they are afraid to say it because of your religion and your system."

bullet Assaf from USA: "I think I need to remind people that Marriage is a HUMAN INVENTION developed by people for people and not a natural instinct. ... Because marriage is a human invention and not written in our genes it is, by definition, a flexible term that can change. I don't see why two people who love each other can't marry."

bullet Abu Abdur-Rahman from USA: "... this issue of same marriage is just a sign of the times. i agree one hundred and fifty percent with Sheikha Sajida. Same[-sex] marriage is wrong morally and even within the major religions is deemed as wrong. Fear God. Fear God. Fear God, as if judgment is not a reality."

bullet SAB from Canada: "The secular West chooses to accept their ...[homosexuals] while the Middle east chooses to kill theirs. No, it is not completely Genetic in nature but a combination of genetic predisposition, biological development and environment. But it is natural. Whether you think that we as thinking humans, must fight these urges, or whether doing so is living a lie is up to you. But you can't sit there and deny its existence or call it evil or even good. It just is."

bullet Commoner from Banladesh: "A tiger goes for tigress and Elephant goes for [an] elephant [of the other sex] and so on and so forth. ... Then why do men go for men ? It's shameful and bestial as well. It is their only desire in life and they want to enjoy it in a sadistic way. I am not surprised at the comments of the people in the West supporting the bestial act since it is in their blood. Their women folk have also opted towards lesbianism contesting to be equal with men folk. What a unholy contest dragging the society to total destruction and turn [into] beasts ? Shame on the proponent[s] of same sex marriage."

Reference used:

The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.

  1. Sheikha Sajida, "Gay marriage is prohibited in Islam & Christianity!," Lets Talk, 2006-OCT-26, at: http://www.aljazeera.com/

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Copyright © 2006 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2006-NOV-03
Latest update: 2016-APR-21
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