(Non-Existence of) Tackling Homosexuality

During my morning news-surf session, I found the following article from the local Malay news, typos and all:

Satu lagi contoh yang diketengahkan Profsor Abdulaziz ialah isu homoseksual.

‘Sekiranya kita tidak memikirkan tentang komponen etika (dalam Islam), kita sebenarnya telah gagal memahami salah satu mesej penting yang terkandung dalam Al-Quran bahawa manusia dijadikan dengan keupayaan menjadi makhluk yang bermoral.’

Dalam hal ini, beliau berkata masyarakat Islam tidak boleh menutup sebelah mata dan berkata bahawa perkara itu tidak berlaku di dalam masyarakat Islam.

Beliau berkata ada sebahagian ulama yang menghukum golongan tersebut tetapi beliau berpendapat ia tidak sesuai dalam konteks masyarakat Islam yang menjadi sebahagian masyarakat majmuk dalam negara seperti Singapura.

‘Kita menghadapi cabaran dan saya rasa pakar fikah memikul tanggungjawab besar untuk menemukan wadah dngan isu-isu etika dapat dibincangkan. Dan, ini belum lagi kita lakukan. Meskipun ramai ulama akur bahawa nilai-nilai etika merupakan sebahagian daripada Islam, ilmu tersebut sudah tidak diajar lagi di sebarang institusi pengajian dalam dunia Islam,’ kata Profesor Abdulaziz.

I didn’t attend the lecture so I’m commenting based on the news article and not the personal views of the lecturer, whatever that may be.

To a certain extent, I agree with what was being mentioned; the homosexuality issue in Islam should be addressed. Homosexuality is seemingly becoming more obvious. I doubt that nowadays there are individuals in communities which are safe from the I-am-born-gay-and-I-can’t-change-so-please-accept-me nonsense. I do not believe that homosexuality is a predefined condition.

Common sense dictates that this issue does indeed need to be tackled. However, the impression I get from reading the article is the following: problem -> solve problem -> give up -> accept gays by focusing on their positive, ethical, side.

The part where gays should be counselled/treated/etc is somewhat lacking in emphasis. When you have a problem, you deal with it, and don’t give up. Just because something becomes widespread, it should be wholly accepted. Especially if it goes against the core values and principles that one believes in.

Because in the end, everyone has a somewhat positive, ethical, and fondness-for-kittens side. So what if one day incest becomes widespread and the two parties are ‘consenting adults’? Should it they be accepted as a normative form of sexual orientation too?

/sickened

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