Archive for the ‘Islam’ Category

Chicago Muslim Speaks for Understanding

December 27, 2010

Eboo Patel, a leading advocate of interfaith understanding, just wrote a wonderful column in the Chicago Tribune advocating for greater understanding and respect between Muslims and LGBT people.

Patel is the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago organization that brings together young people of all faiths.

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It’s Time to Abandon Muslim Stereotype

June 17, 2010

Ako Abdul-Samad

Ako Abdul-Samad, a pro-marriage equality candidate, recently won a primary election in a landslide against an anti-gay opponent, Clair Rudison, Jr., in a race to represent a Des Moines district in the Iowa legislature.

Samad, who is Muslim, advocated for protecting the right of same-sex couples to marry in the state. Rudison, who is a Christian minister, advocated a constitutional amendment to take away that right.

Jason Hazma van Boom commented on how the race teaches us a lesson about stereotypes, including the common belief that Muslims are uniformly opposed to lgbt rights. Muslims are not unanimous on any issue. Neither are Christians, Jews, or any other religious group.

On the other hand, I have not yet heard of any Muslims in Illinois speaking out on marriage equality or other LGBT issues. If you are out there reading this, please sign our civil unions petition.