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      The dossier also fails to substantiate the accusation in the 9 September letter to the Mayor that Dr al-Qaradawi defends `the execution of homosexuals under Islamic rule'.The authors refer to the Egyptian government's repression of gay men(page 9), but offer no evidence at all that Sheikh Qaradawi supported this. He has in fact explicitly opposed repression of homosexuals. In the Channel 4 News interview in July, when he was asked about his own view of Islam's attitude towards homosexuality, he replied: `It is sufficient for a Muslim to object to it verbally or at least within his conscience. We are not required by our faith to declare a war against homosexuality and homosexuals.'

      While it is true that Dr al-Qaradawi says that homosexuality should be discouraged, this view is shared by many, probably most, representatives of the world's major religions. The Jewish Torah and the Old Testament specify that the penalty for homosexual acts should be death: `If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.' (Leviticus, 20:13) This does not mean that every Jewish or Christian leader shares this view.

      The abolition of Section 28 was opposed by leading Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs. For example the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks, was quoted as saying that `in Judaism homosexuality is forbidden', adding that abolition of Section 28 would `lead to the promotion of a homosexual lifestyle as morally equivalent to marriage' and `frustrate any attempt to educate children in the importance of marriage as the basis of a stable and caring society'.58 Perhaps the authors of the dossier believe that Dr Sacks should be excluded from City Hall along with Dr al- Qaradawi

      Stop the war! Draft Bush voters!

      by NoAlternative on Thu Jul 07, 2005 at 06:30:30 PM PDT

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