ALAN TURING: A HOMOSEXUAL WHO COMMITTTED SUICIDE
Following posting my article "Homosexuality and Islam", I received Email from a few Iranian homosexuals who were afraid to post on SCI. I suggested to them to post anonymously because I hate Email. But I think they were even afraid to do that, because there is always that very slight chance that the anonymous names can be discovered.
I have a hard time to relate to their plight, because I have never been in their shoes. I mean, in the past, I have chosen political or social standings in life that had caused me threats to my life, and I can relate to that kind of fear. But I had chosen those positions and I did not feel like I was threatened because of just being something. But these people have not chosen to be what they are, and being threatened with their life for what one is, is very hard for me to relate to.
It is true that they do not need to act on what you are to be punished, but I find it very hard to understand how. I mean if I am hungry, I find it hard to resist food. And they do not think they are sick for feeling this hunger, and most of the medical profession agrees with them. I have never experienced such a tough position in my life so I really cannot relate to these people's plight. Only having read on this subject, like many other subjects, I can only relay some of my readings.
I remember the life of Alan Turing, the founder of many things that are nowadays referred to as Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Many of you know about Turing Machine. You have learned it in your advanced Computer classes (see Douglas Hofstadter's THE MIND'S I for more details about Turing Machine).
Turing was a homosexual. living in
My request from our Muslim readers is not to convince or be convinced that the execution of people for what they are is fair or not. Although I think that is a good question. But I would like to ask to think about something else. I believe it is more important to be open and look for CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. When I noted the difference between Marhoom Ayatollah Borujerdi’s position on this issue and others, our friend BBB, at least gave me the benefit of the doubt and sincerely researched it. I appreciate that and I hope we all do that.
Well if the rules of
punishment in Islam were even tougher than what we hear,
it would not really matter; if Islam was not the guiding principle of state in
Well look at any state in the
world and see how they change and modify laws ALL THE TIME. Once you are a
state ideology, you need to be able to modify. Actually many of the people in
In fact, some of the very
conservative Iranian Marja have
made similar propositions, i.e. separation of religion and state, many times.
Some people find it strange that such a demand is coming from the most
conservative members of the Islamic clergy. People usually expect such a demand
from the more radical elements. But as I
In short, I think it is
important to find CREATIVE SOLUTIONS for issues like treating the homosexuals
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