11 April 2016

As a gay British Muslim, this is what I think of the poll finding over half of UK Muslims want homosexuality banned

Muslims don’t talk about difficult things related to relationships and sex. On a religious level, it’s seen as taboo and on a more practical level, some British Muslims don’t share the native language of their parents.

.... Channel 4’s survey into British Muslims’ attitudes to living in Britain released today is also a sign of progress. An overwhelming 86 per cent of the over 1,000 Muslims surveyed said they feel a strong sense of belonging to Britain (higher than the national average of 83 per cent).

It comes as no surprise. It’s not just halal chickens in ASDA, but the feeling that we can practice our religion freely in Blighty and that local MPs that reflect our views. This means that - on the face of it at least - being Muslim and being British goes hand-in-glove (or should that be head-in-headscarf?) nowadays.

But not so fast. Because apparently, more than half of all British Muslims think homosexuality should be illegal.

Let’s remember it took the rest of Britain a sexual revolution, a lot of activism, art and cinema along with some major reform to get to where we are now on gay rights. [The Independent] Read more