Following are excerpts from statements by Syrian scholar Muhammad Rateb Al-Nabulsi, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on April 28, 2011:
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 US ambassador to Bucharest received his nomination from the US 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.