The day of the recent shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC I commented that we denounce this “racist, sexist, anti-semitic and homophobic” act of violence perpetrated against the guards at the museum. The shooter was a self-proclaimed “White Supremacist”. A few days after my comment an unknown individual sent me an SMS,”What Does Homophobia have to do with interfaith?”. I was going to just let it go as one of those comments that people make and you just let go. But on the 40th anniversary of the police raids on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY, I am compelled to share the connections.
I think that most people who were racist in the 60’s were probably sexist, and a person who is racist and sexist is more likely to be anti-semitic, and a racist, sexist, anti-semitic is probably homophobic and from my nearly 53 years in America I am pretty sure that if you are a racist, sexist, anti-semitic and homophobic…….I would put down good money that you are definitely Islamophobic!
Why am I so sure, because if someone has that going on really they just a bigot. The White Supremacist is just anti-anybody that is not him, he is looking for somebody to lynch. If they can’t find a Black to lynch they will abuse women, when they can’t find them well a semite means non-white, so they will do, well it a White Male Thing – so homosexuals will hang just as well as a Black and the “Sand Nig…..r” is just another kind of Black or semite so away we go.
So to answer the question what does this have to do with interfaith….Martin Luther King reminds us…’injustice anywhere is a treat to justice everywhere’. I am not a homosexual or a promoter of homosexuality. I am a Muslim, I am for justice, I am not for raiding bars and beating up people and my first priority is to serve God (~Allah), not my sexuality and to establish justice among people.
Check out my lecture on Islam and Homosexuality – delivered at George Washington University