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Gay in the Eyes of God and a 'Jihad' for Love
July 06, 2012
Summary: How major religions in America approach ‘the gay issue,’ and the 2007 documentary, ‘A Jihad for Love."
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‘The Gay Issue’ in Judaism, Christianity and Islam July 06, 2012
Open any Torah, Bible or Koran, and the passages about homosexuality seem clear: being gay is an abomination, a sin, something that incurs the wrath of God. It’s right there in the book of Leviticus, the letters of St. Paul, and the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah.

But for some of the traditions that use those holy books, these strict interpretations, and the moral teachings that flow from them, are changing. Today we begin our new series, “Gay in the Eyes of God: How Twelve Traditions View Gay and Lesbian People.” In part one, we discuss the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Pamela Nadell, Professor of Jewish History at American University
Kevin Eckstrom, Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service
Faisal Alam, Founder of Al-Fatiha
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Gay and Lesbian Muslims, On a ‘Jihad’ for Love July 06, 2012
A short passage in the Koran and a handful of quotations from the Prophet Mohammed condemn homosexuality in the eyes of many Islamic scholars. Traditional punishments range from whippings to prison time to even death by stoning. A 2007 documentary called “A Jihad for Love” tells the stories of more than a dozen gay and lesbian Muslims from around the world - all of whom stay devoted to a faith that doesn’t seem to want them. From 2007.

Parvez Sharma, director of "A Jihad for Love”
Muhsin Hendricks, a subject of the film