Pa­tri­jotti, trans­gen­der, univer­sity, pol­i­tics

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I re­fer to the ar­ti­cles ‘Pa­tri­jotti of­fi­cial “outs” trans­gen­der pro­tes­tor’ by Her­man Grech (Times of Malta, 15 Oc­to­ber 2016) and ‘Univer­sity vs Prof Flo­rian vs trans Stu­dent by Philip Leone Ganado’ (Times of Malta, 18 Oc­to­ber 2016) and put for­ward the fol­low­ing points:

1. If Alex Caru­ana is trans­gen­der then he has not been slighted by stat­ing the fact. Rather it is Pro­fes­sor Mark Fal­zon who has used the word “shame” in re­la­tion to the mat­ter.

2. The po­si­tion of the Qu­ran on sex­ual re­la­tions that are not male­fe­male is clear:

Qu­ran (7:80-84) - “...For ye prac­tice your lusts on men in pref­er­ence to women: ye are in­deed a peo­ple trans­gress­ing be­yond bounds .... And we rained down on them a shower (of brim­stone)” (re­peated in sura 29:40).

Qu­ran (26:165-166) - “Of all the crea­tures in the world, will ye ap­proach males, “And leave those whom Al­lah has cre­ated for you to be your mates? Nay, ye are a peo­ple trans­gress­ing”

Al-A’raf (80-81) “And (re­mem­ber) Lout (Lot), when he said to his peo­ple: “Do you com­mit the worst sin such as none pre­ced­ing you has com­mit­ted in the ‘Alamīn (mankind and jinns)? “Ver­ily, you prac­tise your lusts on men in­stead of women. Nay, but you are a peo­ple trans­gress­ing be­yond bounds (by com­mit­ting great sins).“

Abu Dawud (4462) - The Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah said, “Who­ever you find do­ing the ac­tion of the peo­ple of Loot, ex­e­cute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done”.

al-Tir­midhi, Su­nan 1:152 [Muham­mad said] “Who­ever is found con­duct­ing him­self in the man­ner of the peo­ple of Lot, kill the doer and the re­ceiver.“

Re­liance of the Trav­eller, p17.2 - “May Al­lah curse him who does what Lot’s peo­ple did.”

Sahih Bukhari (72:774) - “The Prophet cursed ef­fem­i­nate men (those men who are in the simil­i­tude (as­sume the man­ners of women) and those women who as­sume the man­ners of men, and he said, ‘Turn them out of your houses .’ The Prophet turned out such-and-such man, and ‘Umar turned out such-and-such woman.”

Other ha­diths: “if a man comes upon a man, then they are both adul­ter­ers,““If a woman comes upon a woman, they are both adul­ter­esses,” “When a man mounts an­other man, the throne of God shakes,” and “Kill the one that is do­ing it and also kill the one that it is be­ing done to.”

Is­lam goes be­yond merely dis­ap­prov­ing of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. Sharia teaches that ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is a form of for­ni­ca­tion, pun­ish­able by death.

Web­site: https://www.there­li­gionof­­ran/ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.aspx

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in PreIs­lamic and Is­lamic times is found in the book by Ibn War­raq (2003), Why I am not a Muslim, Prometheus Books.

3. The Univer­sity of Malta, as an in­sti­tu­tion of learn­ing and in­tel­lec­tual growth, has a com­mit­ment to pro­mote freedom of speech, di­a­logue and crit­i­cal anal­y­sis.

4. When a stu­dent crosses from the realm of the univer­sity (academia) to the real of pol­i­tics, this per­son must be aware that the rules in the realm of pol­i­tics are dif­fer­ent from the rules in a univer­sity (academia).

5. Re­gard­ing the word “Mummy” which trans­lates into the Mal­tese “Mumja”, this is a com­mon Mal­tese word which de­scribes a per­son who is very quiet and never says any­thing. There are those who con­sider Mal­tese words per se, as “rude”. That is a shame. It has yet to be re­al­ized that Sharia im­poses a strict code on all as­pects of life in­clud­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion. A man must cast his eyes to the floor in the pres­ence of a woman. There are se­vere be­hav­iour re­stric­tions on a woman who is wear­ing a head­scarf in­clud­ing be­ing quiet be­cause the scarf re­quires hu­mil­ity. Yet, de­bate, crit­i­cal think­ing and anal­y­sis are fun­da­men­tal to a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion.

6. If the De­part­ment of So­ci­ol­ogy be­comes em­broiled in sup­port­ing a po­lit­i­cal party, us­ing stu­dents as pawns, does this de­part­ment lose aca­demic cred­i­bil­ity, given that rules of the game in pol­i­tics are di­a­met­ri­cally op­po­site to those of a cred­i­ble ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem based on im­part­ing truth?

7. I have no con­nec­tion to Pa­tri­jotti Maltin but do ap­pre­ci­ate their com­mit­ment.

Dr. Joan Ribi Mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Stud­ies As­so­ci­a­tion (UK)

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