Stoning gays to death is OK in some countries – just not in New Zealand, Muslim MP Ashraf Choudhary has suggested.
The comments came as part of an interview with Choudhary on the TV3 current affairs programme “60 Minutes” last night. The Labour list MP who supported the Civil Union Bill was asked "Are you saying the Koran is wrong to recommend that gays in certain circumstances be stoned to death?"
He replied: "No, no. Certainly what the Koran says is correct." He then partially qualified the statement: “In those societies, not here in New Zealand.”
Janine Rankin in the Manawatu Standard reports that some Muslim women in New Zealand also disagree with the indiscriminate murder of non-heterosexuals.
They said Islam's full teachings about homosexuality and adultery requires four honest and upstanding witnesses to the deed itself before punishment can be meted out. Such proof is so difficult and unlikely to get that the punishment itself is a remote possibility.
It is not for ordinary people to judge another, gossip, or make accusations, particularly without proof.
It should please me, I suppose, that these people criticize the indiscriminate killing of suspected non-heterosexuals and think that it should happen only under certain circumstances (living under Islamic law, getting caught by witness). It should, and yet it does not.
I'd be happy if fundamentalist Muslims decided to recognize that I had a right to live. That's not too much to ask, right? After all, the overheated rhetoric about how a conservative Islam is incompatible with modern liberal-democratic societies is completely without foundation, right? Perhaps a multiculturalist-inspired hostility towards all fundamentalisms is in order.