An imam who was brought on board as a senior advisor for the Park51 project in Manhattan (the Islamic community center that was demagogued through the election season last year that we haven't heard much about since, for no reason at all) has some views on gays that he recorded and are now being broadcast on the local news:
An enormously, overwhelming percentage of people struggle with homosexual feeling because of some form of violent emotional or sexual abuse at some point in their life. Again, not necessarily in their childhood....A small, tiny percentage of people are born with a natural inclination they cannot explain. You find this in the animal kingdom on some level as well.
I'm sure Imam Abdallah Adhami has lots of data to back up his claims, including extensive, scientific studies of gay people, before coming to this conclusion.
Considering that Park51, according to their "About" page, is supposed to "weave the Muslim-American identity into the pluralistic fabric of the United States," who knows the other project leaders' stances on gays. The "pluralistic fabric of the United States" includes gay people as well as homophobes, but the latter has a tendency to crowd out the former. One would hope that an organization devoted to bringing people together wouldn't exclude LGBT people, Muslim or otherwise, because of some bad science.
His views aren't uncommon, violent, or even too extreme compared to some of the other stuff we hear people say; just this morning I posted about Ted Haggard who used to say the same thing (he even discovered that he repressed memories of sexual abuse by an employee of his father... several days after he was discovered to be frequenting a male prostitute). I'm just getting less tolerant of people blaming someone else for their own homophobia, and in this case Adhami chose to blame bastardized science instead of bastardized religion. Maybe this will get a public discussion going.
Also, one wonders what the American right is going to do with this. They don't much like either Muslims or gays, but, contrary to what many liberal straight folks think, conservatives generally come down on the side of gays, arguing that Christian homophobia is good for us while Islamic homophobia is bad for us. This is mainly because conservatives still think gay people are all white, or at least American, so we're seen as part of the tribe. Perhaps we're tribal members who've gone astray, or who shouldn't be around the children, but at least we're folks who, when push comes to shove, realize that the world is organized as a Holy War and it should be obvious to us that Christianity is the better side.
On the one hand, this might make for some hay; on the other, the election is over so there's not much need to talk about the Islamic community center. So who knows. I'm not in the business of predicting stupid.