Wednesday, April 4, 2012

MPV Principle SEVEN

Principle 7

LGBTQ Rights: We endorse the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals. We support full equality and inclusion of all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, in society and in the Muslim community. We affirm our commitment to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Commentary: No matter the person's sexual orientation, they should have the same rights as anyone else (see principle 2). There shouldn't be any discrimination based on sexual orientation in any part of their lives including religious. The word "inclusion" is important. It's one thing for a Muslim to accept that homosexuals exist "over there" but this principle calls for them to be included in whatever community they associate with including the Muslim community (see principle 1 on accepting as Muslim anyone who labels him or herself this way).

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