London-based Shiite cleric Yasser Al-Habib doesn't like Sunnis. And he doesn't like homosexuals.
[The Omar Ibn Al-Khattab referred to here is a Sunni hero, a companion of Mohammed, and one of the most powerful and influential Muslim rulers in history. In Shi'a literature, however, he's regarded as a traitor to The Prophet.]
Following are excerpts from an address by London-based Kuwaiti Shiite cleric Yasser Habib, which aired on Fadak TV on May 24, 2012. Fadak TV is dominated by Sheik Habib, who fled Kuwait in 2004 following a one-year prison term for cursing the Caliphs Omar and Abu Bakr and Prophet Muhammad’s wife Aisha. He was then sentenced in absentia for 10 years in prison. In September 2010, Kuwait revoked his citizenship.
"It is told [in the hadith] that Omar Ibn Al-Khattab had an anal disease, which could be cured only by semen. One should know that this is a well-known medical condition, which is also mentioned in sacred texts. Someone who, God forbid, has been penetrated in the anus – a worm grows within him, due to the semen discharged in him... A disease develops in his anus, and as a result, he cannot calm down, unless... That’s right, it becomes like an addiction, and he cannot calm down unless he is penetrated again and again. [...]
"The Shiites are undoubtedly protected from this disease, and from committing this abominable and hideous act. [...]
"As for the Nasibis [who hate the Prophet Muhammad’s family], they are definitely afflicted with this homosexuality. [...]
"One of the devils is present at the birth of every human being. If Allah knows that the newborn is one of our Shiites, He fends off that devil, who cannot harm the newborn. But if the newborn is not one of our Shiites, the devil inserts his index finger into the anus of the newborn, who thus becomes a passive homosexual. If the newborn is not a Shiite, the devil inserts his index finger into this newborn’s anus, and when he grows up, he becomes a passive homosexual. If the newborn is a female, the devil inserts his index finger into her vagina, and she becomes a whore.
"At that moment, the newborn cries loudly, as he comes out of his mother’s womb. Note that some children cry normally at birth, while others cry loudly and incessantly. You should know that this is the work of that devil, according to this narration."
It's often said - by Terry Eagleton for instance - that the so-called militant atheists like Richard Dawkins don't pay enough attention to the fine points of theological philosophy in formulating their attacks on religion. It's a reasonable point, I suppose. So, in the spirit of that criticism, I'm happy to give space here to some of the kind of detailed religious thinking that Eagleton was referring to.