If we are to accept in the aftermath of the ‘Duck Dynasty’ controversy that criticism of homosexual activity represents “hate speech,” then the Qur’an, which advocates stoning gay people to death, should also be denounced as hate speech and banned.
Image: The Qur’an (Wikimedia Commons).
According to Democratic Party political pollster Bernard Whitman, who appeared on Fox News yesterday, along with a plethora of other leftists, Phil Robertson’s comments are hateful and said they shouldn’t be allowed to be aired in public.
Yet the Qur’an, which clearly states that homosexuality is punishable by violent torture and death, is not subjected to anywhere near the same level of vitriol as that leveled against Phil Robertson by leftists. Why is that?
Let’s contrast what Robertson said in comparison to what the Qur’an says about homosexuals;
Robertson: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical…Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
Qur’an (7:80-84) – “…For ye practice your lusts on men in preference to women: ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds…. And we rained down on them a shower (of brimstone). Then see what was the end of those who indulged in sin and crime!”
The Qur’an’s use of the term “shower of brimstone” is interpreted by Muslim scholars to mean stoning somebody to death. The story is also repeated in suras 27 and 29.
As we illustrated earlier, not only the Qur’an but also the Christian Bible should be banned under this framework because both can be considered hate speech as they incite violence against homosexuals.
Despite the Qur’an’s advocacy of stoning homosexuals to death, in addition to its recommendation that husbands beat their wives, it is virtually unheard of for prominent leftists to be critical of Islam, and yet the venom spewed in the direction of Robertson for asserting that homosexuality is a sin has been unrelenting.
Indeed, when Bernard Whitman complained that TV networks were allowing religion to be “used as a weapon to spew hate,” he wasn’t referring to the religion of Islam, despite the fact that it advocates far more brutal treatment of gays than anything Robertson stated.
We have a choice. Either we allow the unrestricted flow of free speech in the public area and accept that people will be offended and given the right to reply, or we use the power of the state to designate certain beliefs as “hate speech” and deliberately restrict them from appearing in the public arena.
If we go for the second option, billions of copies of the Bible and the Qur’an will have to be removed from tens of millions of churches throughout the world.