Why Coming Out is My Duty to God” by Irshad Manji

Ten years ago, Irshad Manji gave a speech showing why gays and God are not just reconciliable but “downright compatible.” Irshad is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. It aims to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship, teaching that rights come with responsibilities, that we are citizens rather than members of mere tribes, and that meaningful diversity embraces different ideas and not just identities. Irshad is creator of the television documentary, “Faith Without Fear,” which chronicles her journey to reconcile Islam with human rights and freedom. She wrote The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. About sexuality, she says, “In the end, both the Judeo-Christian tradition and Islam affirm that we are creatures of the Almighty, so that knowledge of the self and knowledge of God are synonymous. Which means denial of the self keeps us separated from God (otherwise known as sin). We have a duty to grow into our faith by constantly revealing ourselves to our maker. Coming out to our creator, then, is not just an option. At a certain point, coming out might be an obligation.” http://www.irshadmanji.com/about-irshad

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