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Growing number of American Muslims challenging once-taboo causes

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
Omar Akersim, 26, on his prayer rug at his home in Los Angeles. Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center.
Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay. Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females...

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What it’s like to be gay and Muslim in America

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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Traditionally, Islam does not tolerate homosexuality. Of the estimated 4 million to 7 million Muslims living in the U.S., many are first-generation immigrants, who came from countries where same-sex relationships are stigmatized, criminalized or even punishable by death. That cultural reality makes it difficult for the message of acceptance and equality...

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Brunei postpones new penal code that calls for ‘death by stoning’ for gay sex

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Brunei has postponed its planned implementation of its new penal code that includes harsh Islamic punishments that call for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

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UN condemns Brunei law that calls for death by stoning for gay sex

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The United Nations Human Rights office has condemned a revised penal code in Brunei which calls for the death penalty for numerous offenses, including same-sex sexual activity, and introduces stoning to death as the specific method of execution for crimes of a sexual nature.

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Transgender Muslim woman at center of Islamic religious debate

| Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lucy Vallender
LONDON — A week after the a story of the first openly Muslim transgender woman was published, Lucy Vallender has been barred from her Mosque and shunned by her local community.

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William Murray: Homosexual elitist diplomats are to blame for Middle East turmoil

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Thursday, September 20, 2012
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William Murray of the Religious Freedom Coalition not only told the American Family Association’s Sandy Rios that Islam is not a religion, but also that the U.S. fails to understand Muslims because our diplomats are homosexual elitists.

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Muslim lesbians fight deportation in Canada in fear of ‘honor killing’

| Tuesday, March 20, 2012
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TORONTO -- An Arab-Israeli lesbian couple, who fled to Canada from Israel in fear of death at the hands of their Muslim family have been told they can remain in Canada for another chance at receiving asylum.

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