Al-Azhar rhetoric alarms LGBTQ community


Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s highest religious authority, has warned against media content that “normalizes” homosexuality. The warning came in a Dec. 5 tweet on Al-Azhar’s official Twitter account that condemned homosexuality as “obscene ” and “reprehensible.” It also described homosexuality as “moral decadence,” noting that it “goes against the teachings of religions.” A day earlier, on Dec. 4, Al-Azhar slammed same-sex marriages calling them “a major sin.” Citing Quranic verses, the religious authority reminded that God destroyed an entire community that had engaged in homosexuality. This came in a statement published on Al-Azhar’s International Center for Electronic Fatwas’ official Facebook page.  Al-Azhar reaffirmed its categorical rejection of homosexuality, denouncing what it called “a systematic campaign” by international forces and organizations that “use their media outlets, entertainment shows and online platforms as well as celebrities to promote this obscene phenomenon and spread it among those willing to practice this deviation in various societies including in Arab and Muslim societies.” The statement further warned that “such evil plots aim to destroy the moral and social values of the family, distorting the identity of its members and threatening to undermine the security and stability of societies.” It also argued that “marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.”

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