The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: “And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’…And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84)
Muhammad specifies the punishment for this in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)
But in the West, even gay activists such as Chris Stedman will tell you that to stand against this brutality and oppression is hateful, bigoted and “Islamophobic.”
“Indonesia’s Aceh: Two gay men sentenced to 85 lashes,” BBC, May 17, 2017:
A Sharia court in Indonesia’s Aceh province has sentenced two men to be caned in public for having gay sex.
The men were found guilty of violating strict Islamic laws in conservative Aceh and will receive 85 lashes each.
The pair, aged 20 and 23, were found in bed together by vigilantes in March. They have not been identified.
Gay sex is not illegal in the rest of Muslim-majority Indonesia and this is its first such conviction. Aceh is the only province where Sharia is in force.
The sentence is due to be carried out next week.
While the judges did not give the maximum punishment of 100 lashes, the sentence is heavier than the 80 lashes asked for by the prosecution.
Public caning sentences have been handed down previously only for gambling and drinking alcohol.
Aceh has become increasingly conservative in recent years. Strict laws against homosexuality were passed in 2014 and came into effect the following year.
Judge Khairil Jamal told the court that the men had been “proven legally and convincingly guilty of committing gay sex”, according to the AFP news agency.
When the sentence was being read out, the two men covered their faces with their shirt and hands.
Local officials claim that Sharia law is in line with Aceh’s long Islamic tradition. Munawar, an official in charge of overseeing the implementation of the law, says “people want to implement comprehensive Islamic teachings including the enacting of its criminal code”.
He also says the Qanun Jinayat – as the Islamic criminal law enacted in Aceh in 2015 is known locally – is an effective deterrent.
The law covers the consumption, production and distribution of alcohol; gambling; adultery; extra-marital sex and homosexual acts.
Punishments include caning and imprisonment, but not stoning….