An American Muslim leader in the 1960’s explains why he supports the Sexual Revolution or, at least, won’t take a stand against it.
“Look, we all know that what the Sexual Revolution is calling for is haram. But we are a Muslim minority in this country. If we come out against this, we will look closed-minded. People will think Islam is opposed to progress. People will think Muslims hate freedom and equality. Just think of the backlash against Muslims! I, for one, don’t want to deal with that.
“I understand that the Quran and the Sunna and all Muslim scholarship for centuries have denounced the kind of sexual immorality that we are seeing promoted all around us, and God warned us in no uncertain terms of the terrible spiritual and social harms that are associated with these increasingly popular behaviors. But let’s be realistic. Revelation is only directed to Muslims — it has absolutely no relevance to non-Muslims or to how Muslims live in non-Muslim societies and to how Muslims engage with non-Muslim cultures.
“Also, America is a free country. People can do whatever they want here! Who I am to express my disapproval at other people’s life choices? That would be nothing more than imposing my beliefs on others. I mean, how rude would that be?!
“Besides, do you seriously think Muslims should join conservatives, who are leading the charge against the Sexual Revolution? Don’t you know conservatives don’t like Muslims? That by itself disqualifies any potential cooperation. Furthermore, Christian family values aren’t exactly the same as Islamic family values, so clearly an alliance with them would be misguided and potentially confusing to younger Muslims.
“Let’s not forget that in the past, certain Muslims were into all kinds of sexual behaviors, so why can’t we be as open-minded today?
“All in all, people’s sex lives are not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, right? Sure, they call it the ‘Sexual Revolution’ but that’s just hyperbolic. I’m sure there will be absolutely no long term ramifications, so why risk being outspoken?
“Besides, it’s not like we’re going to tolerate or support something like gay sex, am I right? I mean, that would be really crazy.”