May 19, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3847

On Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV: Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi, Syrian Islamic Scholar Active in the U.S., Says Homosexuality is Filthy, 'Leads To the Destruction of the Homosexual; That Is Why, Brothers, Homosexuality Carries the Death Penalty'

May 19, 2011
Syria | Special Dispatch No. 3847

In remarks that aired on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV on April 28, 2011, prominent Syrian scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi discussed the acceptance of homosexuality in the West, and stated, "Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty."

According to his biography on his website,[1] Al-Nabulsi was an orator in the mosque of his grandfather, Sheikh Abdulghani An-Nabulsi; he received "a Ph.D. in education from Dublin University, Britain [sic]." He was a lecturer in the faculty of education at Damascus University, attended the Islamic Jurisprudence Conference in Detroit in 1999 as well as the two Muslim Youth Conferences in Los Angeles in 1998 and 1999, and spoke in the U.S. and Australia, delivering "a number of religious speeches in the U.S. (Franklin Durban, Flint, Indiana, Miami, Washington, New Jersey, Stanton, Saint Clara, and Los Angeles) in the years 1998-1999... and in Australia (in Sidney in 2001, and in Sidney and Millburn in 2004 [sic]."

His bio continues: "In May 2005, the [Syrian] Minister of Awqaf issued an order whereby he appointed him as one of the orators of the great Umayyad Mosque [in Damascus] and as a religious lecturer there." He also "delivers a number of lessons, orations, symposiums, and interviews" on radio, including "radio of Ana (Washington) and radio of Detroit (for Arab communities)."

Also, according to the bio, Al-Nabulsi "has written a number of articles and interviews... for the Al-Mouslimoun newspaper, issued in London, Al-I'tidal newspaper issued by the Syrian Community in America, and Ad-Diyar newspaper, issued by the Arab Community in Sydney, Australia."[2]

Following are excerpts from his statements on Al-Aqsa TV:

Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi: "Homosexuality involves a filthy place, and does not generate offspring. Homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty. There are thousands of notions around the world, according to which a homosexual is a normal person, with homosexual genes.

"Therefore, the British health secretary says: 'I'm a homosexual.' He said it just like that, in a press conference. An Italian minister also said: 'I'm a homosexual.' When the U.S. ambassador to Bucharest received his nomination from the U.S. State Department, he came to the ceremony with a homosexual partner, rather than a wife.

"In America, they give the privileges of a wife to a [homo]sexual partner. In Canada, if you have a Canadian sexual partner, you are eligible for Canadian citizenship. It's frightening…

"We are extremely lucky in our countries. When the head of the [Islamic] community in Australia came to bid me farewell at the airport, he began to cry, and said: 'Tell our brothers in Syria that the garbage heaps of Syria are better than the gardens of Australia.' When I asked him why, he said: 'There is a 150% chance that you will see your son with an earring in his right ear.' This means that he is a homosexual. If he wears an earring in his left ear, it means something else, because there is an active homosexual and there is a passive homosexual. Earrings in both ears is the worst: 150% chance of homosexuality." [...]

[1], accessed May 19, 2011

[2], accessed May 19, 2011

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