Stop trying to pit gays and Muslims against each other! It’s an exhortation we are hearing from sources on the left in the wake of Sunday’s massacre at an LGBT night club in Orlando, but we’ve heard it before. “Stop trying to split gays and Muslims,” cried out a headline at the liberal rag Salon in April 2013 directed at right-wing commentator Pam Geller.
Here’s a little news flash for liberals: Muslims don’t need any help from conservatives in singling out gays for persecution. And that goes for so-called moderate Muslims as well as the radicalized variety.
Just ask Seddique Mateen, whose son is responsible for the deaths of 50 club goers who were in the LGBT-friendly club Pulse when the bullets began flying. The Daily Mail notes that the elder Mateen posted a video on Facebook early this morning in which he declared that his 29-year-old son should not have gone on a killing spree because “God himself will punish those involved in homosexuality.”
Here’s the video in Arabic with subtitles:
I realize this is not what libs prefer to believe since Muslims are among the groups on which they’ve conferred “protected class” status, but facts are facts. And as Bruce Bawer writes at City Journal, Islamic law “is crystal clear on homosexuality,” right down to the range of death penalties depending on which school of sharia a Muslim subscribes to:
[O]ne calls for death by stoning; another demands that the transgressor be thrown from a high place; a third says to drop a building on him. In Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, as well as in parts of Nigeria, Somalia, Syria and Iraq, homosexuality is indeed punishable by death.
And that reality doesn’t become altered once Muslims leave the Arab world for zip codes further west:
As long ago as 2005, the head of the Netherlands’ leading gay rights group said that, owing to the growth of Islam in Amsterdam, tolerance of gay people was “slipping away like sand through the fingers”; over the last 10 or 15 years, Dutch gays have fled the cities in droves to escape Muslim gay-bashing. In Norway, several high-profile Muslims have refused publicly to oppose executing gays, and when challenged on their views have gone on the offensive, demanding respect for orthodox Muslim beliefs. This past April, a poll established that 52 percent of British Muslims want homosexuality banned.
Even Muslims who are willing to accept gays in their community want them keep their distance. Recall the case chronicled at LU about a Muslim barber who refuses to cut the hair of a lesbian. In the view of the barber, the customer was twice damned — first as a homosexual, secondly as a woman.
That’s right: Let’s not forget that women are second-class citizens, too, under sharia law. They’re not quite as bad as gays, but that’s partly for pragmatic reasons. You can’t procreate future generations of Muslim haters unless a woman contributes to the process.