Jan 27, 2011
In many islamic countries homosexuality is considered a capital offense punishable by death through stoning or when merciful hanging. Last week Iran announced the stoning deaths of two young men ages 20 and 21 for the act of sodomy. These two Gay men are the most recent in a long list of homosexuals condemned to a violent and gruesome death by islamic law.
Some muslim moderates are looking to change the way islamic law treats Gays and Lesbians by allowing those convicted of homosexuality to convert to a heterosexual lifestyle.
… Saad envisions an Islamic society that treats homosexuality as a curable illness. “Society has a critical role to play in treatment,” writes Saad’s anonymous protagonist, as “any disease, whether physical or psychological, demands support from society and especially from the patient’s close relatives.” Without “the right kind” of support, “the patient’s frustration grows” until he surrenders himself to the disease.
Convinced that their lifestyles are unhealthy and go against God, Saad said in a recent interview that most homosexuals would seek treatment if provided a supportive atmosphere and the opportunity to do so. As to the minority who refuse treatment because they believe in exercising what the West calls individual liberty, most can be disabused of such ideas, he argued. For the remainder, his words were harsh: “As Sodom and Gomorrah’s homosexuals were executed for failing to heed God’s words, so should homosexuals be ‘stoned to death,’ as decreed by Islam, if they refuse to change.”
“The homosexual does not live alone by himself in society,” asserted Saad, whose small build and reserved demeanor bely the determination with which he conveys his message. “If [a homosexual] is freely left to practice his sexuality openly and without shame, he endangers society in its entirety. He will influence children and infect them with his disease.”
Unfortunately for Gays and Lesbians living in islamic countries a persons sexual orientation is fixed and cannot be changed. Every accredited medical, psychological and scientific institution in the United States agrees that homosexuality and heterosexuality are both normal, natural and unchangeable sexual orientations.
Medical professionals warn that attempting to change a persons sexual orientation can lead to devastating psychological damage and drive the unsuccessful convert to suicide.
But honestly what’s a little psychological damage when you are facing death by stoning for your crimes against god and nature. Here is a brief description of the stoning process:
The prisoner is buried either up to his waist (if male) or up to her shoulders (if female) and then pelted with stones by a crowd of volunteers until obviously battered to death. Under the terms of most fundamentalist courts, the stones must be small enough that death cannot reasonably be expected to result from only one or two blows, but large enough to cause physical harm. The average execution by stoning is extremely painful, lasting at least 10 to 20 minutes.
According to noted christian dominionist and presbyterian church member, Gary North, stoning is a preferred method of execution for islam and christianity because it’s cheap and unites the community.
“Why stoning?” asks North. “There are many reasons. First, the implements of execution are available to everyone at virtually no cost.” Thrift and ubiquity aside, “executions are community projects–not with spectators who watch a professional executioner do his duty, but rather with actual participants.” You might even say that like square dances or quilting bees, they represent the kind of hands-on neighborliness so often missed in this impersonal era. ”
I gotta tell ya faced with the choice of “going straight” or being executed by people throwing rocks at my head I could fake the straight…and I’m pretty damn Gay! I only hope that NARTH and Exodus International don’t get hold of these “conversion statistics” to claim that reparative therapy actually works.