Friday, February 14, 2014
When I woke up this morning, little could I imagine that an article by the The Guardian, entitled “Male Sexual Orientation Influenced by Genes, Studies Show,” would appear in my life and would provide me with such lovely feelings throughout the day.
I am sure that much to the chagrin of modern-day Islamists, and fence-sitting moderates within the Islamic faith, modern science again provides “daleel,” or evidences, that our biological genes play a role in sexuality. This particular study, which was conducted in the United States, found that at least “two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight.”
The socio-cultural and socio-religious homophobic views, including those that dictate homosexuality as being “choice” or “sin” to the masses over the centuries, have been and will continue to be only “human interpretations, biased-evaluations, or false determinations” – judgments that are based solely upon narrowly prescribed “cultural rules” outside of nature and procreation, which is Allah’s purview alone.
I’m sure our Islamic clerical classes, and their followers, will refute such scientific findings and continue to hold onto their misguided beliefs about Allah’s limitations based upon “the traditions of ancient scholars.” For most, they will never stop their sharia-based prosecutions because they fear such knowledge will decrease their positions of power, weaken their intellectual circle’s interpretation of Qur’an, as well as lessen their influence to motivate their followers to feed their historic and culturally-bound bloodlust to kill “homosexuals” – an act that is regularly followed in some majority-Muslim societies, and provides cover for those in Muslim-minority societies to turn a blind-eye to Muslims mass murders in their countries.
Thank you, Allah, my Creator, for your Valentine’s Day gift of boundless love to LGBTQ people everywhere, and you know through my open heart, I continue to love you too. Love and kisses.
Link to The Guardian article: http://bit.ly/1cBh5Ec
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Major sports idols around the world are doing what they do best, play their sports with the integrity and verve that helps them or their teams win. Whether it's national or international sports, true talent is on display and those with far less athletic ability support our teams. But what happened when Michael Sam, the senior defensive end of the Missouri Tigers, came out prior to his NFL draft pick? It was not such a pretty picture of American football.
As a black gay man, I was very happy to see such an outstanding young athlete’s virtue on display. His quote in the New York Times says it all, “I’m coming out because I want to own my truth. I’m comfortable with who I am… And I want to tell it the way I want to tell it.”
Sam’s honesty, truthfulness, sincerity and frankness are virtues that I find admirable and would encourage more athletes of all races, genders and sexual orientations to adhere. Though, if this were a utopian world, the media and social networks would have ended the discussions with positive notes. But, this is America and this is the NFL, the gladiators’ game, and many do not see it as a place for anyone to take a stand outside of patriarchal “tradition” where only “real men” rules stand true.
Needless to say, I’m very happy to see that the negative comments found in the media and the social networks remain far less than those that support Michael Sam. Therefore, it is notice to the NFL owners, the homophobic gladiators still in play, and some of the fans that have been brainwashed into this negativity, to recognize that a better future has come.
Those of us, who grew up in times when these things were not possible, we are left with an immense gratitude for how our world is continuously changing for the young people of today and tomorrow.
May the Divine continue to bless us all.