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.
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.
||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."
||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
||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."
||"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?"
||"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."
||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."
||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."
||"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."
||"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."
||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?"
||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."
||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."
||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."
||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."
||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."
||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
The following information source was used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlink is not necessarily still active today.
- Sheikha Sajida, "Gay marriage is prohibited in Islam & Christianity!," Lets Talk, 2006-OCT-26, at: http://www.aljazeera.com/
Copyright © 2006 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2006-NOV-03
Latest update: 2016-APR-21
Author: B.A. Robinson