LAHORE, Pakistan (ChurchMilitant.com) - A group of Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a religious decree on Sunday declaring that transgender people can marry.
So-called transgenderism exists in the majority-Muslim country and is more widespread than Westerners might expect. In 2009, Pakistan added "third gender" to national identity cards, allowing them to vote in 2011, and in 2012 allowed them the ability to inherit property and assets. According to a 2009 census, up to 300,000 Pakistanis identified themselves as transgender.
The religious decree — known as "fatwa" — declares, "The hijras are human beings and they have rights given by Islam. Through this fatwa, we want to inform the public that they can marry."
It specifies, however, that biological men can only marry biological women. "It is permissible for a transgender person with male indications on his body to marry a transgender person with female indications on her body." It also allows "normal men and women" to marry transgender people.
The clerics actually go so far as to say God (Allah) made them that way.
"Making noises at transgender people, making fun of them, teasing them, or thinking of them as inferior is against Sharia law, because such an act amounts to objecting to one of Allah's creations, which is not correct."
It also asserts that parents who deny inheritance to their transgender children are "inviting the wrath of God."
The legalization of transgenderism in Islamic countries may surprise some Westerners because of the assumption they are more conservative, even ultra-conservative. But facts show issues like homosexuality, especially homosexual pedophilia, are prevalent and accepted in many Islamic countries.
Afghanistan's dancing boys, called "bacha bazi" and translated "boy play," is a practice revived after the Taliban lost power in Afghanistan. Boys as young as 10 are sold by parents to rich men and warlords, dressed like girls and made to dance for groups of men. Often, after dancing, they are passed around and raped. PBS's documentary "The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan" describes the horrors these boys suffer. Men who participate claim they are not homosexual because they are not "in love" with the boys.
American soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are told to ignore the incidents of homosexual pedophilia they witness on a daily basis because it would damage the working relationship the U.S. government has with the Afghani government.