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Saudi Cleric On Gay Punishment

05 May 2016

Over in the middle east challenging the Islamic view on homosexuality, a Saudi religious preacher has argued that although homosexuality is a sin, it should not be punishable by law, the Saudi daily Eilaph reported Saturday, citing an interview in a Swedish newspaper.

In the interview, Salman Odah stated that "even though homosexuality is considered a sin in all the Semitic holy books, it does not require any punishment in this world. It is a sin that will accompany its committer in the life after death."

"Homosexuals are not deviating from Islam. Homosexuality is a grave sin, but those who say that homosexuals deviate from Islam are the real deviators. By condemning homosexuals to death they are committing a graver sin than homosexuality itself," Odah further said.

"Even though homosexuality does not distance oneself from Islam, Islam does not encourage individuals who have same-sex attraction to show their feelings in public," Odah added.

The Saudi cleric's remarks aroused fiery reactions on Arab social media networks, where a campaign under the hashtag "Odah permits homosexuality" was launched.

Sixty-year-old Odah is currently prominent supporter of the Saudi regime, who was "rehabilitated" in the 1990's after inciting opposition against the regime.

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