Warith Deen Mohammed on gay issue

Excerpt of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed in Freedom American Style (Progressions Vol. 1, No. 9 – 1987):

Just a few years ago, people didn’t think that equal rights meant equal rights for Gays. At that time, Americans could have accepted equal rights for women because that is natural. I realize that this may be offensive to some people, but I don’t hate anyone because he or she is Gay. I just don’t see their way of life as being normal.


I have been trained to believe that, what is normal, is that which is established in nature. And it is not established in nature that the human being is homosexual.


Nature has established that the human being is male and female. Although there may be an occasional development or presence of homosexuality, that is not the norm. And if it is not the norm in nature, it is unnatural.


The new way of thinking today claims: “Anything that happens is natural!”


That is not the way I was brought up, nor the education I received when I was young. We were taught to judge, whatever normally occurs in nature, to be natural – and the accidents or deviations of nature to be unnatural.


That is how I was brought up and I am going to hold onto that kind of thinking even if it kills me. I prefer to die that way.


I must say again, that I do not hate Gays. In fact, I sympathize with them. It’s a wonder we do not have more Gays when we consider the way masculinity is treated in this society.


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