Homosexuals should be punished....
Excerpts from an interview with Dr. Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi from Al-Jazeera TV on June 5, 2006.
Interviewer: How should a homosexual or a lesbian be punished? We mentioned the story of the people of Sodom and how Allah punished them, but how should someone who commits this abomination be punished today?This is a huge philosophical problem for Islam - do you drop homosexuals from a high place, or do you burn them?
Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi: The same punishment as any sexual pervert - the same as the fornicator.
The schools of thought disagree about the punishment. Some say they should be punished like fornicators, and then we distinguish between married and unmarried men, and between married and unmarried women. Some say both should be punished the same way. Some say we should throw them from a high place, like God did with the people of Sodom. Some say we should burn them, and so on. There is disagreement.