Calysto du Masque (calysto) wrote in postqueer,
Calysto du Masque

GLBT in Shari'a and Islam

I'm a pretty open-minded guy and I try to extend that to religion. I have real issues though when it comes to fundamentalism, regardless the religion in question.
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Eighteen Nigerian men accused of dressing up as women during a party at a hotel went on trial Tuesday before an Islamic sharia court in the northern state of Bauchi.

Dozens of residents shouted abuse and hurled stones at the men as they were escorted into an armored prison vehicle after the hearing, prompting police to fire tear-gas at the crowd.

The men, mostly in their 20s, were arrested in a Bauchi hotel on August 4. Police say they were dressed as women, which is illegal under the state's sharia penal code.

The offence is punishable by up to a year in prison and 20 lashes by cane.

[link to article]
How can we be tolerant of Islam yet intolerant of Shari'a? Are they separable? Are there more progressive forms of Islam which are tolerant of GLBT?

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