The Middle East Gay Journal in Battle
There is disagreement. […] The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.
With the ellipsis leaving out critical bits, which he translates as:
And some of them — differences [of opinion, so] it is possible for
us to choose from them in our era what is most appropriate, and what is
lightest, recognising how widespread the tribulation is: because
tribulations and sins being widespread is something in Islamic legal
theory that causes things to be lightened. The important thing is to
consider/treat this act as a crime.
This is a huge difference, I admit, which I should have noticed.
Eldin wants me to apologize for my "laying into" Qaradawi, which I refuse to do. Even if he weren't calling for the murder of gay people this time, he's done it before. Plus, it's still anti-gay. I believe that gay people shouldn't be punished at all.
What's worse is that Eldin wants to monopolize Islamic thought. He says that Qaradawi is voicing the Islamic perspective, when he is truly voicing an Islamic persective. He criticizes me for not being open-minded about anti-gay Islamic views, but then dismisses pro-gay views as un-Islamic. In fact, he calls pro-gay people "Islam-haters" It's a vicious double standard.