Islamic Homophobia Awareness Week continues!
What’s unkempt, bearded, and lacking any semblance of fashion sense? If you guessed the guys at your local gay bear bar, you’d be correct, but the answer I was thinking of was Kyrgyzstan’s Grand Mufti Maksat Hajji Toktomushev. The cleric, while serving as active Grand Mufti before his official election, issued a shocking fatwa that should’ve ended his career. However, we’re dealing with Muslims here, so anything obscene and horrifying is generally permitted.
The fatwa Toktomushev issued began with some typical Islamic anti-LGBT rhetoric: “All Muslims should stay away from [homosexuality] and live by Allah’s sharia.” Yep, that’s the sharia that mandates cutting off the hands of thieves, stoning adulterers, and marrying off little girls. Somehow Toktomushev, who openly espouses these views, hasn’t been scorned by the global community and shamed into obsolescence. Then the fatwa became even crazier, when Toktomushev quoted the words of Muhammad, pigs be upon him, from the Hadith: “Kill the doer and the one to whom it is being done.”
Yep, that’s what Muslims’ “perfect moral exemplar” thinks should be done to gays. They believe that a higher power inspired those words of hatred. With beliefs like that, why Islam and Muslims are still accepted in western society in any way is beyond belief.
Toktomushev also warned Kyrgyz parliamentarians to “pay special attention to the activities of some public organizations that disseminate social discord while using humanistic ideas.” You mean organizations that promote human rights and social harmony? I don’t see gays going out and wreaking havoc; I see Muslims doing that. The only social discord we should be worried about is from Islam, and Toktomushev likely hoped to deflect that negative attention with his comment.
Toktomushev officially took over the Kyrgyz Muslims Spiritual Directorate March 4, over a month after issuing the fatwa. So much for there being “moderate Muslims” demanding his ouster.