[Editor’s note: “Jane” is not this person’s real name]
In order to balance out the recent lecture by Dr. Sahar Amer, "Arab Homosexuality & Lesbianism and the Politics of Naming," would it not be a good idea to invite a representative from CAIR of the State of Michigan? As you probably know, Michigan CAIR is attempting to impose sharia law in central Michigan. I think it would be interesting to hear them talk about the treatment of homosexuals under sharia law. Specifically, it would be nice to know whether they actually support the public execution of homosexuals - as is widely reported. This is an unsettling prospect indeed. A discussion of the issue should be of interest to anyone interested in ideological diversity.
Since Dr. Amer addressed the harsh attitudes many Muslim countries hold towards gays and lesbians, including the possibility of execution, I don't think it would be necessary. She is working against such archaic attitudes. Of course you would not know this, as you did not attend the lecture, even though your email seems to suggest you are in favor of ideological diversity.
However, given that you probably support CAIR in this position, and probably any having to do with women, why don't you feel free to bring them to campus, as I know you are fully committed to ideological diversity. [sic]
But thanks for thinking of us. Groups such as CAIR demonstrate the necessity of the LGBTQIA Resource Office, and illustrate why our work is so important.
Please accept my sincere apology for anything in my previous email that would have led you to believe that my characterization of the execution of homosexuals as "unsettling" meant "good." I don't know anyone who isn't Muslim who thinks that aspect of sharia law is "good."
I wanted to correct one aspect of your previous message, which reads "This lecture will address the very rich indigenous literary and cultural tradition of alternative sexualities that has been prevalent in the Islamic world at least since the 9th century."
Actually, the rich tradition of alternative sexualities in the Islamic world dates back to at least the 7th Century when Mohammed married a six year old girl and consummated the relationship when she was nine.
You said: Please accept my sincere apology for anything in my previous email that would have led you to believe that my characterization of the execution of homosexuals as "unsettling" meant "good."