If you're asking us to discuss the history of sexuality in Islam, and whether acceptance of non-standard relationships was greater in the Islamic world than Christendom, then...yeah. I mean that's just a given historical consensus. While Christian Europe considered women to be property, Islamic women were given substantially more rights. It's only really the advent of Wahhabism that began to restrict sexuality and sexual expression more so than Christianity did/does.
There's not huge room for debate here, there's a unifying historical consensus amongst secular scholars on this issue. Even today, although being homosexual is a punishable crime in many Islamic countries, displays of what we consider to be homo-eroticism are normal although non-sexual, and there is a total rejection of typical western gender norms. Men kiss one another publicly and hold hands in the street, and wash together at the call to prayer. It's hard for westerners to understand sexuality within Islam because their intepretation of sexuality and gender as a binary is wholly different from ours.
Also Nepsotic's point about Iran is unfounded; Iran is completely different in reality from what western propaganda makes out, and the way people display their faith is extremely varied, just the same as anywhere else. A person waiting for a train in the Tehran metro is likely to be stood alongside a heavily made-up woman wearing a headscarf that barely covers he hair on one flank, and a woman in a niqab scrolling through her smart phone on the other.
Originally Posted by OWI_Pete
Oh yeah, fair point. Maybe he was just tortured until he lost consciousness.
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