So … What’s the Big Deal?

Muslim radio station fined for saying gay people should be tortured

Radio personality Rubina Nasir, also known as “Sister Ruby”, managed to get her radio station “Radio Asian Fever” fined £4,000 the other day for saying that homosexuals deserve to be tortured for their sexual orientation and associated activities.”If there are two such persons among you, that do this evil, the shameful act, what do you have to do? Torture them; punish them; beat them and give them mental torture.  […] Allah states, ‘If they do such a deed [i.e. homosexuality], punish them, both physically and mentally.

“Mental punishment means rebuke them, beat them, humiliate them, admonish and curse them, and beat them up. This command was sent in the beginning because capital punishment had not yet been sent down.”

In other words, the only reason why “Sister Ruby” endorses the idea of beating and torturing homosexuals instead of killing them outright is because her reference material hadn’t quite gotten to that point yet.  Well, that’s good.  I’m glad to see there are limits after all.  She also went on a similar rant about mixed faith marriages, but you get the idea and I wanted to give particular focus to this part of the monologue.

Ofcom said it regarded the comments as serious breaches of the broadcasting code and therefore a financial penalty should be imposed.

It added: “The content of the programme broadcast on 17 August 2011 included two statements which Ofcom considered were likely to encourage or to incite the commission of crime against homosexuals and were likely to encourage others to copy unacceptable behaviour towards homosexuals.”

For the record, I completely agree that speech like this should not be protected under any law whatsoever.  It’s times like these, however, that I wonder what makes this different from any other time homosexuality is called out as a sin against God.  In any Abrahamic religion, the punishment for homosexual behavior (if we assume it meant the same thing then that it does now) is either physical and mental torture or death by stoning.  Again, some of the passages in the bible had the condemnation and punishment of homosexuality in the same sentence … which would infer that both parts of that sentence represent the will of God and not just the part we feel like shouting at the rooftops.

In other words, people need to realize that using the bible to condemn the sin implicitly endorses the punishment associated with it.  The only difference between Sister Ruby and the people who do it all the time in this country on the radio or on TV is that they stop short of saying it aloud.  And apparently, that makes all the difference, because that sort of cherry picking sanctimony happens all the time here without a second thought … or a first one, even.  Maybe it’s time we reconsider that particular “freedom” and the potential harm it represents.

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