A recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were “punishment of Allah” for LGBTQ+ activity and the same thing will happen in Malaysia if the government doesn’t rehabilitate gay citizens, according to a government official.
Malaysian politician and opposition leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who previously endorsed a “shoot to kill” policy for when police are arresting dangerous criminals, stressed the importance of stopping all LGBTQ+ activity. If that doesn’t happen, he claimed, the country could face a massive, deadly natural disaster.
Speaking at the Dewan Rakyat today during Question Time, Ahmad Zahid said he was worried that Malaysia might similarly incur the wrath of Allah due the LGBT community’s activities here.
“We look at the situation in Malaysia, we are worried because we know what happened in Palu recently where there was an earthquake and tsunami. It was reported that there were more than 1,000 members of their community who were involved in such (LGBT) activities.
“As a result the entire area was destroyed. This is the punishment of Allah. My question is whether Jakim’s programmes (to rehabilitate the LGBT) is successful because data shows that in the middle of the year more than 1,000 (LGBT) joined these programmes.
“We need to ensure that Malaysia and those who are against LGBT are spared Allah’s punishment,” said Ahmad Zahid.
This may seem funny at a glance, but it’s actually a pretty terrifying situation. Not only does Ahmad Zahid use a tragedy to stoke fear and hatred of LGBTQ+ people, he’s using it as justification for his desire to “rehabilitate” LGBTQ+ people who don’t need to change.
Not that this was in doubt, but he’s doing all this with no evidence of his claims whatsoever.
To make matters worse, he has support from other officials.
In his reply, Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa said 1,450 members of Malaysia’s LGBT community voluntarily participated in government programmes, adding that some have since returned to the “path of Islam…”
As Muslims, we are taught that all disasters come from Allah, it will only happen through His will. It is clear that everything comes from Allah.
“If we study the Quran, there were tribes that were annihilated because of their utterly blatant actions,” Mujahid said.
When your premise is wrong, the conclusion doesn’t have to make any sense.
Due to their Dark Ages fantasies, these politicians are willing to destroy and demonize vulnerable citizens. They insist a vengeful deity will kill hundreds of innocent people to punish a society over the mere existence of its citizens.
The natural disasters aren’t going to end. The excuses will inevitably change to pick on some other minority group. Conservative Christians do the exact same thing. But for now — and we’re saying this from the U.S. — this is an appalling act by self-serving politicians who don’t care for vulnerable people.
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