Saturday, 21 March 2009
Gay Morrocco and Koranic anti-gay interpretations
News about 'Outrage sweeping across Morocco' following a gay association's announcement of a planned seminar on sexual problems led me to the video below.
The video tells the story of a gay couple's 'marriage', celebrated traditionally by their families and echoing centuries of actual Muslim tolerance of homosexuality.
It dramatically contradicts the news story which plies the same mythical line that certain churches and politicians in African states like Uganda have that "homosexuals have been attempting to infiltrate Moroccan culture".
It claims that "Moroccan authorities are in a very awkward situation since they are torn between European pressure and Morocco's conservative community".
Well good. The more pressure the better. As the video makes clear, you either support basic human rights or you don't. 'Culture' is no defence.
What's more, as with women's rights, it is not a case of 'change cannot happen because the Koran is clear'. The video explains how it's simply how it's interpreted - much like the bible - and some aspects highlighted and others ignored. Again, 'culture' is no defence' - and culture is not immutable.
This argument reflects those of the small but profoundly significant 'renaissance' movement amongst Muslims opposed to the likes of Saudi's Wahabbi's and Iran's rulers, saying there is another way. A movement which we're hear far too little about, instead we hear about zealots like Anjem Choudary.
HOMOSEXUALITY in MOROCCO & in ISLAM (part 1 - 5)