As the debate on whether or not to decriminalize homosexuality in Malawi rages on, the Muslim Association of Malawi has suggested the need to revise the penalty of those found guilty of homosexuality to be condemned to death.
Muslims comprise approx. 20% of the Malawi population.
Malawi Muslims MAM Secretary General Dr Salmin Omar Idrussi in an interview said that ‘‘ though Malawi is regarded as a secular state but the country is blessed with God fearing citizens who can’t afford to deviate from God’s commandments for the sake of pleasing others who practice the act.’’
‘‘Even animals like goats don’t do this, what more with human beings like us who were blessed with wisdom by the Almighty God? The offenders need to be handed death penalty as a way of making sure that the issue is curbed.” Apparently some religious groupings are calling for the government to call for a referendum for Malawians to make a choice on the matter.
‘‘The majority obviously is against legalizing this sinful act.
Therefore it will be necessary for people to be asked whether they are happy with the current law which attracts a maximum penalty of a 14 year jail term.”
Seattle: Muslim who tried to burn down crowded gay nightclub said “homosexuals should be exterminated”
Pamela Geller is spot on: “Where are the left wing, the gay and LGBT organizations denouncing the Islamic texts that inspire such mayhem and murder of gays? Where is that fierce gay leadership condemning Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia? Where are those brave activists who rushed to condemn me when I ran an ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia? Gay organizations in America say nothing, but loudly condemned my ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia.
Why haven’t we heard from SF City Council, the Human Rights Commission, SFHRC head Theresa Sparks, and the enemedia? They called my ads hate and issued a resolution against my organization for merely quoting Muslim political leaders, spiritual leaders and cultural voices in the Muslim community who call for the torture and death of gay people. I was denounced by gay and transgender leaders in the US for our work to highlight the Muslim oppression of gays. The San Francisco City council issued a resolution condemning our AFDI ad campaign (the first of its kind) focusing on the vicious oppression and subjugation of gays under Islam.”
An update on this story.”Friend said gay club arson suspect ‘may be planning terrorist activity,’” by Amy Clancy and Alison Grande for KIROTV.com, February 14 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
KIRO 7 has uncovered explosive new details in the case of the Capitol Hill arson at a popular gay nightclub.
Suspect Musab Masmari’s motive may have stemmed from his “distaste for homosexual people.”
Masmari is charged with arson for allegedly setting the fire at Neighbours nightclub shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day.
According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari told a friend “that homosexuals should be exterminated.” That friend, a member of the local Muslim community, went straight to the FBI because he believed Masmari may have also been planning a terrorist attack. That friend became a confidential informant.
According to the documents, Masmari first met the informant at Fatima’s Cafe near the Masjid at Taqwa Mosque on Seattle’s East Union Street, shortly after the fire at Neighbours.
The informant contacted the FBI soon after meeting Masmari because he was “concerned” that Masmari “may be planning some terrorist activity” because he spoke of “something he’s planning.” The informant told investigators that Masmari told him “he had obtained a rifle.”
The unidentified informant also said that, in the numerous conversations after their first meeting, Masmari often expressed a “distaste for homosexual people,” and that Masmari “opined that homosexuals should be exterminated.”
“Exterminate is a word you think of – you exterminate rodents, you exterminate roaches, not people,” said Shaun Knittel, spokesperson for Neighbours nightclub.
Knittel would like to see hate crime charges added on to the arson charge. “If that doesn’t fall into the law of a hate crime, I don’t know what does,” said Knittel.
He said Masmari asked the informant during that conversation “whether they shouldn’t be the ones taking the responsibility upon themselves.”
Masmari was living in Bellevue when he was arrested. Neighbor Doug Poirier recognized Masmari from the picture on the news.
“We were all freaked out and concerned when we found out what happened,” said Poirier. “That’s just a sad hate crime to do something like that – to try to burn down a night club just because it’s gay oriented,” said Poirier.
Prosecutors allege it was Masmari who was captured on surveillance video the night of the fire, carrying what appears to be a gas can. He’s been charged with one count of arson and remains behind bars with bail set at $1 million. But this new information could lead to federal hate crime charges.