The Norwegian Islamic Council has requested advice from the European Fatwa Council before it decides whether or not it is in favor of the death penalty for homosexuals. Asmeth Rasmussen, a Lesbian activist, expressed horror at the fact the Norwegian Islamic Council even asked for an opinion from another Islamic group before stating bluntly its opposition to such ridiculous ideas as advocating death for gays and lesbians. “It’s wrong of the Norwegian Council to wait for the ‘verdict’ from the Fatwa Council in such an important case. By not saying ‘no’ to death penalties for gays, it shows attitudes that conflict with both democratic and humanitarian values.” Ms. Rasmussen is the only openly lesbian Muslim in Norway.
The Islamic Council, which represents 60,000 Muslims in Norway, insists it needs “the attitude of authority” before declaring what it believes. The Norwegian Islamic Council should recognize it is presenting living in a society which regards archaic and medieval ideas such as killing those who are homosexual to be without any foundation in human decency.