When I was young in the United States homosexuality was virtually unknown, certainly never spoken of because it was considered so very shameful. When I began my university studies, on my way to becoming a clinical psychologist, homosexuality was listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (First Edition and Second Edition) as a deviant sexual practice and mental illness. In 1973, after gay activists picketed the American Psychological Association, the APA members voted to cease calling homosexuality a mental disorder. If we accept mental illness as an illness in the same sense that physical illnesses are illnesses, the idea of deleting homosexuality from the categories of mental illness by having a vote among psychologists would be as absurd as a group of physicians voting to delete cancer from the realm of disease.
I still find it hard to believe that today, many years later, that public opinion has been changed to such a degree that not only is homosexuality now not considered by most people in Western society to be shameful, not only has homosexuality been wrongfully removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, but indeed in some government schools in America young children are actually taught that homosexuality is an acceptable alternative lifestyle.
I say to you my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, if homosexuality is accepted within a society then that society has passed all bounds of social decency and no longer has a viable future. If something so enormously wrong as homosexuality can be accepted by a society then there is virtually no other wrong that will not eventually be accepted.