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Congratulations: He’s Gay!

2022-12-08

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/10/28

One of the more intriguing collective narratives comes from the sexual orientation and gender identity minority community. Those who find themselves in a precarious condition as internal outcasts of traditionalist, conservative communities.

Many times, these communities amount to the religious communities. Also interesting, the ways in which the description of a traditionalist and conservative community overlaps with the bigoted and prejudicial views. A non-conscious recognition of a cultural and even societal trend in many countries.

One ex-Muslim wrote in the Huffington Post about their own experience as a Muslim and coming out. They wrote an article about the London Pride. There are many, many ex-Muslims fighting alongside and for the rights of the LGBTQ+ communities in London.

Some signs held at the pride parades will say, “Allah is gay.” The author’s hope was that this would be a possibility in Germany as well. The ability to freely express opinions, even offensive ones, at a pride parade.

He made a t-shirt with the imprint of “Allah is gay.” He also made a sign in support of the minority Muslim community who are members of the LGBTQ community. It amounts to a series of activist statements in support of the right to live a decent life as a human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It becomes an act of protect in words. That’s it.

A reported, “Gay and atheistic: For fundamentalists, that is a potentiation of evil. However, that this post would trigger such violent reactions, I honestly never expected… My shirt has made me hostile to people, insulting and making mischievous sexual allusions. ‘Miserable dirty dog, are not you ashamed (sic) of religions making fun of you.’ Or ‘I think it’s a pity that there are such people like you in the world’ — I had to read such sentences.”

He received a number of death threats now. He would appear to be a bone fide activist now. You cannot be without death threats in the modern era. One stated: “You say ‘Alah is gay’?? You will die tomorrow. I know where your stand is, I mobilize all over Berlin.”

This person argues, even as an ex-Muslim, for a rational approach to the theology of Islam because if Allah created everyone then Allah created gay people. It is taken as an insult to say, “Allah is gay,” but, in a larger context, this hardly seems to be the case.

He views gay as a positive thing and not negative, so the implied insult to those reading those words are missing the message. At the age of 14, he recounts that he became an ex-Muslim. He was living in Iraq. But then, his dad reported him because the neighbors placed pressure on him.

“I was then arrested and tortured. This memory shapes me to this day. The police of the Kurdish regional government picked me up. In the police station, they interrogated me for several hours and tortured them with electric shocks.” He stated, “They made me dance like a monkey — according to the motto: ‘You think you’re from monkeys? Then dance like a monkey.’ After that, I was taken to the juvenile detention center in Erbil (capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq) and again beaten by guards. The other prisoners also attacked me.”

With a full 13 days of torture, he was let go with the help from his uncle. The matter created a great stir within the Iraqi media. Then people would call him atheist. That made it nearly impossible for him to live in safe way in Iraq.

Life becomes precarious for many atheists around the world. Of course, many readers here have heard of the banal fact of life, with the death penalty by the state in several countries in addition to the continual death threats.

The violence against women, and men for that matter, to keep them in line becomes another form of social control through the religion connected to the state. Fundamentalist Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Communism harbor the same mentality, whether theistic or atheistic.

They become tied to the power of the state to punish and repress dissidents and intellectuals. Because there is an authoritarian structure with incredible power to wield and set doctrine without the formal mechanisms to think about it; indeed, people are compelled in education and media, and socio-cultural life, to never question it.

As stated, “My case also got a big media swirl because I was still so young. I received mass threats and felt constantly at risk. I had no choice but to flee from Iraqi Kurdistan. I paid a very high price for showing myself out as an ex-Muslim. I fled to Europe to finally be free. That’s why I’ve always spoken out loud here.”

The only choice for this individual was to flee the nation to have some modicum of hope for a better tomorrow. Iraqi Kurdistan became a distant memory, as if some trace of cloud leftover on a sunny day. No more clouds, even the ones you like; however, you still have to deal with the beating from the Sun now.

He went to Europe. Now, he uses the right to freedom of expression to speak his personal narrative and verboten perspective. He reverted to an immature attitude and belief system in his non-belief as an ex-Muslim.

That is, all that he left then became the root of all evil. He felt afraid of the potential for Islamization of a country and the haters of Islam became his friend. He was afraid of the totalitarian ideologies. He still feels afraid and in terror. He grew.

“And I oppose that right-wing populists use my negative experiences with Islam to legitimize their xenophobia. I no longer fight against Islam, but for diversity and tolerance — and for me that includes showing solidarity for progressive Muslim forces. And to support the people who fight for tolerance and acceptance in the Muslim culture,” he opined.

More in the link in the reference.

Reference

Sherwan, A. (2018, July 27). “Allah is gay”: As an ex-Muslim, I go to the Pride Festival — even though I get death threats. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.de/entry/lgbtq-exmuslim-pride-todesdrohung_de_5b5aec23e4b0de86f495f8d4.

License

In-Sight Publishing by Scott Douglas Jacobsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Based on a work at www.in-sightpublishing.com.

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