Muslim Council of Britain Against Gay Marriage


The Muslim Council of Britain has issued a statement against the British government’s plans to introduce non-religious civil marriage for gay couples.

Reports Pink News:

Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “Whilst we remain opposed to all forms of discrimination — including homophobia — redefining the meaning of marriage is in our opinion unnecessary and unhelpful.

“With the advent of civil partnerships, both homosexual and heterosexual couples now have equal rights in the eyes of the law. Therefore, in our view the case to change the definition of marriage, as accepted throughout time and across cultures, is strikingly weak.”

He added: “Like other Abrahamic faiths, marriage in Islam is defined as a union between a man and a woman. So while the state has accommodated for gay couples, such unions will not be blessed as marriage by the Islamic institutions.”

While much more measured in its response than the shrill and offensive comments of several Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders, this statement unfortunately suffers from the same problems as previous religious objections.

First, this is not a religious matter. The government’s consultation could not be clearer in spelling out that the government only plans to legalize civil marriage and will still expressly prohibit gay marriages on religious premises.

Second, the Council’s appeal to history — “definition of marriage, as accepted throughout time and across cultures” — does them no favors because marriage has changed and has even been changed by religion several times over.

Third, it is actually quite arrogant for the Council to suggest that it knows better than the gay community over what gay and lesbian people need from civil law in secular society.

However, the Council is affiliated with around 500 national, regional and local organizations, mosques, charities and schools, so its statement should not be considered redundant in terms of potential impact.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien recently had to defend comments he made that legalizing civil same-sex marriage is, in human rights terms, the same as legalizing slavery.

This follows former Archbishop Lord Cary last month making a concerted, if fact-free, assault on the government’s plans.

Not all religious responses have been negative however, with Rev Dr David Ison, the new dean of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral, having said that the Church of England should embrace gay civil marriage.


Related Reading:

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British Cardinal Compares Gay Marriage to Legalizing Slavery

Lord Carey’s Fact-Free Case Against Gay Marriage Examined

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Michael M.
Michael M5 years ago

I call upon the human race to ban ALL religion. All these so-called religions are keeping humanity in the 12th century and we can never get out of the pits of ignorance and bigotry if we continue to let religion get in the way!

pam w.
pam w5 years ago

"showing off their Muslim-ness?"

Stephen G said it brilliantly...."And then there's the Muslims, who in Western nations are quick to claim they are discriminated against and equally quick to discriminate against others.It hardly bothers me if they get as good as they give."

I am VERY weary of the "poor us...we're VICTIMIZED...and, by the way, we hate gays and women in bikinis and dogs and Western society in general."

Stephen Greg
Jason T5 years ago

Funny how some people here think that countries based on "Christian laws" are so tolerant of gay marriage. Secular laws are tolerant, but fundamentalist Christians fight against gay rights because the Bible, especially the OT, encouraged homophobia. It even calls for the death of active homosexuals on 1 or 2 occasions.

And then there's the Muslims, who in Western nations are quick to claim they are discriminated against and equally quick to discriminate against others.It hardly bothers me if they get as good as they give.

Robin Turner
Robin Turner6 years ago

@Rob & Jay Western countries aren't more tolerant because they are based on Christian values; they are more tolerant because they are more secular. If you look at Muslim countries. the ones with the most tolerance (e.g. Turkey) they are more secular than the others. It's not that some religions are more accepting of gays than others (though you can make out a case for some denominations); it's that freeing society from the control of religious organisations is good for tolerance in general.

Robin Turner
Robin Turner6 years ago

Carola and Gillian can't both be right. If the Koran supports (gay) paedophilia and Mohammed says we should kill gays, then isn't there a teensy contradiction here? Can you really imagine Mohammed saying "OK, God says this is fine and dandy, but I'm going to cut your head off if I catch you doing it"?

Rob and Jay B.
Jay S6 years ago

Here are some facts that help illuminate the difference between Muslims & Christians:

A poll of Muslims in the UK found that 0% (Zero) were for equal rights for LGBT people, so Jonathan your Pollyanaish idea that most people are all the same - kind & tolerant is wrong.

In the US that number was 32% of Muslims for equal rights for gay people, while the polls also showed that over 70% of Christians were for equal rights for LGBT people because, they said, of their religion (Old Test fundies the exception).

Every Muslim country in the UN voted against a French/EU resolution to end state sponsored persecution & killing of LGBT people - All of them, except Turkey which abstained, as they're trying to get into the EU & trying to adopt EU human rights values & failing. All western countries voted for it.

Kristina C, if you really knew anything about world religions you would know there is a big difference. You only have to look at the much more tolerant western countries whose values are based on Christian values & compare them to all the Muslim ruled lands. A stark comparison. That is the reality. Denying it won't change it. It's scary that you teach these lies against all facts.

Carola May
Carola May6 years ago

Kristina C & Jonathan N, you should do some studying. Read the Qur'an, hadith & sira. We're not just talking about 'conservative versions of world religions' that are backward & hateful - Mohammed actually said Muslims should kill gay people. A Channel 4TV UK undercover camera program showed how the imam preach raving hate inside the mosque then stands on the steps & completely says the opposite to the reporter & camera with a sweet smile about hating gays, oppressing women & refusing to honor or assimilate into the kafir societies. He lies through his teeth. It's called Taqiyya & is an Islamic tenet. You're being very naive.

Gillian, yes the Old Test. is little different from the Qur'an, but Jesus brought a new covenant based on love & forgiveness & he never mentioned killing or hating anyone - just the opposite. He even stopped the stoning of an adulteress, against the teachings of Moses. Mohammed DID say to kill gay people. Big difference.

Those of you who don't understand Islam must realize that Islam has never been, nor can it ever be, reformed or have an Enlightenment. It says every word in the Qur'an is perfect (tho much was lost & changed) & is the word of their deity for all time, including now. It can't be reformed or renounced. That is apostasy & that brings death. This is not a religion of love & peace & Muslims are taught to lie to non-Muslims whenever it is inconvenient for them to know the t

Tommy S.
Tommy S6 years ago

Quote...Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB, said: “Whilst we remain opposed to all forms of discrimination — including homophobia...Unquote

Waow-- that's the biggest porkie yet -- Is their no end to prevarication

Dell J.
Dell J6 years ago

The point is that we, in Britain, know that the Government lies most of the time. This is the thin end of the wedge and, soon, they'll bring in a law to force all religions in England to marry people of the same sex in churches, etc.. I'm not religious but believe that true marriage is between a man and a woman.

Jeanne M.
Jeanne M6 years ago

Too bad so many countries are moving into the 21st century, isn't it? I feel for them. I really do.
In a 'suck it up and deal' sort of way.