Religion Early HIV Prevention Strategies
posted by November 7 at 12:45 PMon
Today’s New York Times has an interesting story in the national section about gay and lesbian Muslims that have migrated to the US from Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey. They don’t have it easy back home, of course, thanks to their the Koran, murderously homophobic regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and only slightly less murderously homophobic cultures in other Islamic countries, and adjusting to gay life in the US can be a culture shock. Still, it’s better than a stoning, an honor killing, a hanging, or a public beheading.
And what accounts for Islam’s hostility to homosexuality? Why, early HIV prevention efforts.
Hostility is rooted in the Koranic story of Lot, which parallels the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. At Al-Tawhid Mosque in San Francisco, the imam, Hassan al-Jalal, a Yemeni with a short beard, printed a sheaf of Koranic verses that he said condemned homosexuals.
“This is the main sin in Islam,” Mr. Jalal said, describing how the town housing Lot’s tribe was lifted high into the sky and then dropped, killing all in the town before they were buried under what is now the Dead Sea. “He sent the flood to clean the earth from AIDS. There were no doctors at that time, but God knew they had a virus.”
All sects mandate capital punishment, he argued, although others differ. “Sunni, Shiite, they all agree that they have to be killed. But who does it? Not me or you, only by law.”
Want to avoid being killed by law? Stay out of the showers!
Muslim clerics reject being gay as biologically coded and advise anyone with homosexual stirrings to avoid temptation. They see America as rife with it given practices like open gym showers.