As I wrote on Friday, mainstream media in the wake of the shooting in Orlando are just starting to feel their way around the ultra-sensitive topic of Islam and homosexuality. NBC News also tried its hand, building a story as a Q&A.
But the answers are frankly what you might expect from a secular liberal news outfit:
Islam’s approach to homosexuality has been in the spotlight since the massacre at an Orlando gay club — criminal or compassionate? Prejudiced or progressive?
While ISIS death squads enforce an extreme version of Islam that punishes gays with death, the religion’s history is far more nuanced. And like most relationships, when it comes to Islam and homosexuality — it’s complicated.
Among the questions posed are “What does Islam say about being gay?” and “Who says homosexuality is punishable by death?” But by skewing its sources, NBC clearly tries to nudge us toward the “right” views.
The network is alert for spotting a coverage trend. As I noted on Friday, the Associated Press and other media have begun looking at 50 gay Muslim organizations that have been seldom covered. NBC News honestly reports Islamic antagonism toward homosexual behavior, saying it overwhelmingly teaches that “same gender sex is a sin.”
NBC notes also how some Muslim national leaders have denounced the Orlando shootings while their own homelands jail or kill gays…
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