Saturday, December 03, 2005

Muslim group condemn South Africa gay marriage; correlates AIDS & homosexuality

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According to an article published by the Sunday Times (South Africa), a muslim group has condemned the South Arican high court decision to allow for the marriages of same-sex couples. According to the article, the Council of Muslim Theologians said:
"It is ironic that the December 1 judgment of the Constitutional Court recognising same sex marriages coincides with World Aids Awareness Day, a day that bears testimony to the scourge of sexual promiscuity," a statement from the council's KwaZulu-Natal branch. "Same sex marriages are a violation of the limits prescribed by the Almighty, a reversal of the natural order, a moral disorder and a crime against humanity." "No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or murderer. People acquire these evil habits because of widespread nude and shameless social interaction." Homosexuality deprived a man of his manhood and a woman of her womanhood and led to the destruction of family life. "The Jamiatul Ulama (KwaZulu-Natal) views the judgment as a step backward which will have serious repercussions on the moral and social fabric of society."
Gay rights activists and organizations across South Africa and around the globe have praised the high court decision. In a post on the Sollicitudo Rei Socialis blog, Nathan said:
Good news for South Africa, bad news for us. Whole nations are turning toward full civil equality for gays and lesbians. Meanwhile, Massachusetts remains the only state in our nation to allow full equality for gays and lesbians, with state after state enacting anti-gay legislation each election year. One of democracy's youngest daughters has now superseded her eldest sister, and it is a sad day for us who would spread democracy and freedom to the rest of the world without maintaining it for ourselves.
The battle for marriage equality, however, will probably not be an easy one in South Africa. The country itself sits on a continent which is now in the middle a a worldwide debate and controversy over gays and homoseuxlaity in the Anglican Church. Attitudes and beliefs towrd homosexuality aren't always the most accepting, welcoming or affirming. I think it is said that the Council of Muslim Theologians correlated homosexuality with AIDS. Being in Africa, these people should be well aware of the reasons why HIV/AIDS is spreading so quickly there. Maybe those Muslim theologians should start preaching against the rapes of virgins and newly-born infants. Maybe they should start preachingto the STRAIGHT people spreading the disease on what they are doing wrong, instead of bashing the gays... we aren't the only ones who can be infected with HIV/AIDS, you know.