The Gay Muslim Scholar Who Turned to a Jewish Counselor to Figure Out This Whole ‘Gay + Islam’ Thing

We’re not implying any one religion is better than the other, but it’s a little amusing that Junaid Bin Jahangir, a devout Muslim living in Canada who eventually came to grips with being gay, turned to a local Jewish counselor to help reconcile his faith and his sexuality. Which, for the record, now includes the belief that “Muslims misinterpret the Qur’an if they consider the ban on homosexuality to be as firm as bans on alcohol or pork,” reports the National Post. “The common story from which most Muslims draw their teaching is about violent homosexual rape, he says, and it’s time to rethink the possibility of consensual, supportive relationships.” Jahangir, now a professor at the University of Alberta, says none of the professors in the school’s Islamic Studies department will speak to him.