Republican Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama is refusing to apologize for saying the Muslim community wants to kill all homosexuals in the U.S. because the Quran says to do so.
Brooks made his comments during the "Matt & Aunie" radio show on WAPI in Birmingham on June 16, notes the AL.com.
"There are provisions in the Quran, there are provisions in the hadith and sura that if you follow them, instructs Muslims to kill certain types of people and certainly homosexuals are right up there at the top," Brooks said. "It’s pretty clear that Islamic doctrine says that you are to kill homosexuals where you find them."
Brooks didn't mention that the Bible includes passages to kill homosexuals (Leviticus 20:13), adulterers (Leviticus 20:10), people who engage in premarital sex (Deuteronomy 22:13-21), a daughter who engages in prostitution (Leviticus 21:9), those who entice others to follow another religion (Deuteronomy 13:6-10), rebellious children (Deuteronomy 21:18-21), children who hit or curse (Exodus 21:15-17), people who work on the Sabbath (Exodus 35:2) and someone who lends money for profit (Ezekiel 18:13), noted Jonathan Merritt for the Religion News Service in 2014.
One of the radio hosts said he didn't know of any mainstream Christians calling for the deaths of homosexuals as Muslims do, and wanted Brooks' opinion on why the left won't admit that "mainstream Muslim thought" promotes killing homosexuals.
Well, it’s probably because they’re counting votes. And they’re seeking a bloc vote from the Muslim community in the United States and that’s a community that’s increasing in political power, as it’s doing in Europe. More and more votes are there. And the Democrats are in a perplexing position. On the one hand, they’re trying to appeal to the gay community, but, on the other hand, they’re trying to also appeal to the Muslim community, which, if it had its way, would kill every homosexual in the United States of America.
It's not clear which Democrats Brooks was referring to, but he has been condemned by the Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has demanded an apology.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Brooks has refused to apologize, and compared apologizing to Muslims to apologizing to Nazi Germany and Japan after World War II during a radio program, "The Dale Jackson Show," on June 30:
Here’s a couple of analogies that I think are appropriate. Imagine the liberating American and allied troops as they go into Germany and they discover the concentration camps and the extermination of the Jews, the Poles and other entities that Germany was responsible for and the allied commander says, "Germany did this."
Now, imagine the outrage that would have occurred if Germany had demanded an apology from the allied troops that liberated those people who were still alive in the concentration camps. Or Japan in World War II, where Japan was brutally treating American POWs, where Japan was responsible for the murders of over 200,000 civilians in Nanjing, and someone stating the fact that Japan, Japanese troops, had done those horrific acts to American POWs or to civilians in Nanjing and then the Japanese government demanding an apology.
This is crazy. You’ve got Islam promoting death for a lot of different people, including people like you and me, unbelievers, specifically including homosexuals, and then stating the fact that that’s what Islam promotes, people are demanding an apology for the truth and it’s not going to happen.