Thursday 19 October 2017

Islam is not the only religion that believes all homosexuals are going to Hell

'Islam wasn't the only religious authority that Mateen would have encountered in Florida telling him that gay people are going to Hell. He could have tuned in to any evangelical radio show to hear that.' Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
'Islam wasn't the only religious authority that Mateen would have encountered in Florida telling him that gay people are going to Hell. He could have tuned in to any evangelical radio show to hear that.' Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Tim Stanley

Omar Mateen - who shot dead 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub -was both an Islamist terrorist and a violent homophobe. These things are not mutually exclusive. They are concomitant. Mateen attacked the West in general but targeted gay people in particular.

Inevitably, some people say Islam is incompatible with Western life because it is incompatible with our attitudes towards sexuality. Are they right?

Well, it's complicated. And on a matter as sensitive as this, there is nothing wrong with admitting it's complicated.

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