Muslim student adviser: Death penalty for ‘gays’

Vanderbilt religious ‘staff’ says, ‘I go with what Islam teaches’

by Bob Unruh
January 29, 2010

Vanderbilt University is distancing itself from a Muslim chaplain after he told a gathering of students homosexuality is punishable by death under Islam.

“I don’t have a choice as a Muslim to accept or reject teachings. I go with what Islam teaches,” said Awadh A. Binhazim, who is listed on the Vanderbilt website as “Adjunct Professor of Islam at the Divinity School” and an adviser to the Muslim Student Association. His comments came earlier this week at a diversity event for students.

He was asked directly, “Under Islamic law is it punishable by death if you are a homosexual?”

Binhazim said, “Yes. It is punishable by death.”

The school immediately distanced itself from the professor, issuing a statement to WND that denied he was an “employee” and reaffirming Vanderbilt’s “non-discriminatory policies.”

“Vanderbilt University is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race or sexuality,” said the statement dispatched by e-mail from the school to WND today.

The article, with embedded video, continues at WorldNetDaily.

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