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A MUSLIM AMERICAN'S THOUGHTS ON GAY MARRIAGE (1660 hits)

By Ibrahim Abdul-Matin
June 26, 2011

When you are a compassionate person, you also fight against injustice.

As a Muslim, I have always been taught to be compassionate.

When I was about fifteen years old and lived in upstate New York, I was part of a track club. This club, a group of high school runners, competed during the school year and through the summer. Our coach was a man from the Bronx who brought us to competitions in New York City. My mother lived in NYC at the time (and still does) and once accompanied us to a competition as a chaperone. We drove there, in a van, my mother and coach sitting in the front seats. The drive had us passing the Gay Pride Parade -- which none of us were aware was happening that day.

At the time I was a young, naive, somewhat ignorant youth which included being homophobic. These were also the characteristics of a number of the other young athletes in the van. Gawking out the windows, we made jokes, laughed, expressed dismay -- and did so loudly and crudely.

My mother then turned around and snapped at us, "What you're doing is exactly what happened to black people 30 years ago!"

The van was quiet. For the rest of the ride through the Pride parade, we were silent and thinking about what she said. Most of us came from working and middle class black families where the lessons and stories of the civil rights and black liberation movements were fully integrated into our understanding of the world. For me, that same story was intertwined with the freedom of religion that is intrinsic to the American experience. Were it not for that basic principle, then I would not be the man I am -- following a religion of my own choosing.

This brings me to today. This weekend, the New York State legislature approved gay marriage in an eleventh hour push that brought people to the streets of New York City and set up yesterday's Gay Pride Parade as a celebration of years of pushing and overcoming the failed promises of two Governors (Eliot Spitzer and David Patterson).

As someone that is part of two minority groups in the United States (Muslims and African-Americans) I feel that this ruling is a victory for all of us. Majorities in the country have attempted to define the American experience in limited and controlled terms. To be American means you need to be white, Christian, and of course, straight. There is nothing further from the truth. To be American and to enjoy the rights and privileges therein you simply have to live here and pay taxes. This is a diverse nation and to limit the rights of one group opens the potential to limit your rights.
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Monday, June 27th 2011 at 12:27PM
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"What you're doing is exactly what happened to black people 30 years ago!"

BEAUTIFUL!!! Mothers always know best.

BEHOLD!
How good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity.
PSALM 133

Monday, June 27th 2011 at 12:55PM
Richard Kigel
[To be American and to enjoy the rights and privileges therein you simply have to live here and pay taxes. This is a diverse nation and to limit the rights of one group opens the potential to limit your rights.]

@ Brother Rich Tolerance is something that we can all have a lesson on in order to live in peace with everyone. I couldn't agree with you more regards the scripture you quoted. God bless you!


Tuesday, June 28th 2011 at 10:22AM
Jen Fad
Have they stopped threaten, harming, killing mixed married males and females in the U.S.A and I have missed all of this??????????????...

BUT...

We will get to that mountian top one step at a time, one generation at a time as some day there will be peace on earth, because of the goodwill of treating others as we want to be treated. (smile)
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