Should Educators Accommodate Intolerance? Homosexuality and the Islamic case

Journal of Moral Education 34 (1):19-36 (2005)
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Abstract

The ideological interface between Muslims and liberal educators undoubtedly is strained in the realm of sex education, and perhaps on no topic more so than homosexuality. Some argue that schools should not try to ‘undermine the faith’ of Muslims, who object to teaching homosexuality as an ‘acceptable alternative lifestyle’. In this article, I will argue against this monolithic presentation of Islam. Furthermore, I will argue that a narrow view of Islam is neglectful of gay and lesbian Muslims who are particularly vulnerable to the unrepentant hostilities of their own communities.

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Michael Merry
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