Qaradawi: So Many Ways to Kill Gays, I Have to Choose Just One?
Kerry, who ran against Bush, was supported by homosexuals and nudists. But it was Bush who won [the elections], because he is Christian, right-wing, tenacious, and unyielding. In other words, the religious overcame the perverted. So we cannot blame all Americans and Westerners.Hmm...pity equals stoning? Let's not forget that al-Qaradawi has previously advocated the assassination of leaders in other Arab countries; he's not a completely ethical guy.
[A homosexual should be given] the same punishment as any sexual pervert - the same as the fornicator...The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement...The important thing is to treat this act as a crime.
[The Islamic position on public displays of homosexuality is that it] is the calamity
of societies. When sin and abomination are concealed, they don't cause much harm...But the calamity becomes widespread, when it stops being a secret and vecomes public...We are not hostile towards these people. On the contrary, we pity them. But we do not want to give them an opportunity, like the Westerners, who consider this a normal phenomenon, and it has become widespread, I'm sad to say.
In the interview, he couldn't differentiate between a tendency for homosexuality and the act of having homosexual sex, a rather simple difference. Also, for al-Qaradawi, lesbians aren't homosexuals (someone should tell them that). Is that inherent sexism? Is he saying that lesbianism is not as bad as male homosexuality because what women do has always been less important?
In many instances, it seemed he did not understand the interviewer, or simply wanted to bulldoze his diatribes over him. Some say al-Qaradawi is moderate, some say radical. I say senile. I mean, look at his picture - can't you just picture him screaming at a toaster or talking about how the Ottomans will win World War One? I think his grip on reality might be loose.
Update June 30: