I will be very interested in hearing…

Posted: February 4, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, opinion/news
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…the opinion and the comment of our humanistic friends over this story at Vanderbilt:

Last week, a Vanderbilt University Muslim chaplain publicly acknowledged what those of us who study shariah Islamic law know… Awadh Binhazim, when pressed on whether or not shariah Islamic law requires the death penalty for homosexuals, asserted that yes, it does. Furthermore, he stated: “I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings.”.

Sense of events comments further:

As a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, I know that the university generally and its religion departments specifically fully embrace conceptually and practically gay rights. The teachings of the Jewish and Christian scriptures that say that homosexual practice is sinful are either simply ignored or reinterpreted by the professoriate. This is a very strong institutional value of the university.

So what are we alums to make of Awadh Binhazim

What indeed? Over to you guys.

Exit question: Memeorandum doesn’t list this story, would that be the case if it was a person of a Christian denomination? (trick question we already had that answered last week)

  1. Chris Lackey says:

    Here’s a single Humanist’s response:

    I know I shouldn’t take the bait, but our thoughts on this issue are basically the same as the author’s of the post you mentioned: “unequivocally condemn Binhazim’s statement as repugnant and incompatible with the laws of American society.”

    We don’t support one religion over another, we believe they are all based on unsupported theories of how the universe works. We will sometimes come to the defense of a minority that is being stripped of rights, but we do it for our fellow person, not because of their religion.

    I personally believe extremist Islam to be a grave danger, but moderate Islamic believers hold the same level of danger as moderate Christians/Catholics. Both are ignoring the extreme positions held in their own holy books, and both have the danger of going over the edge when living to the letter of the laws of their holy books.

    Humanists in general don’t support any kind of religious law, in any country.

    This weekend, we plan on recording our next podcast on the issue of France making the burka illegal in public places. If you listen, you may get an idea of the diversity within Humanism, as well as the ground we all hold in common.

  2. Chris Lackey says:

    Maybe we can have a debate some time on the podcast. If you’re up for it, I may be. A one-on-one, perhaps. I would not edit it, as each episode we make is unedited, so you wouldn’t have to worry about being misrepresented.