Gay People are People Like Anyone Else

Published: March 5, 2007

Gay People are People Like Anyone Else

In my mosque, we don’t have a single imam, but rather the sermon is delivered by different people from week to week. I don’t go to the imam of the week and ask, “Are you Arab or Indian? Syrian or Lebanese? African American or Somali? Did your parents hail from Karachi, Kabul, or Kerala?”

Rather, I listen to the sermon to see if this is a person I can learn from, a person who can inspire me to strengthen my commitment to living a life of decency and piety.

If these accidents of birth – race and ethnicity – are of no import to me, then why should another accident of birth – heterosexual or homosexual – make any difference?

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