Does believing that gays should be put to death qualify as a religious freedom? If you're not actually murdering these people, we'd say yes. Believe whatever the hell you want to believe, crazy persons; that's your right here in America. But it probably doesn't make students at Vanderbilt University feel any better about Awadh A. Binhazim, the Kenyan-born University Muslim Chaplain, who just told students he supported this Islamic belief.
Asked by student Devin Saucier whether, as a practicing Muslim, he accepts this alleged Muslim requirement, Binhazim responded that he "doesn't have a choice" on which teachings to accept. But hey, there are still a long list of requirements to actually put the fag to death, like whether there are witnesses to his buggery. So it's, like, hard to kill them homos.
All of which has Vanderbilt racing to distance itself from Binhazim: "Vanderbilt University is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race or sexuality," the school says in a statement. "Awadh A. Binhazim is not and has never been a Vanderbilt employee, and is not paid by the university. He is the university's Muslim chaplain under a working agreement that is similar to those signed with chaplains of other faiths at Vanderbilt. This working agreement requires Binhazim to observe Vanderbilt rules, including its non-discriminatory policies. Vanderbilt does not limit the free speech of its students, faculty, staff or its chaplains in any way."
Not limiting the free speech of its chaplains is a fantastic policy, and one we support at any school. But what would happen if a visiting chaplain came along and said his religion called for the extermination of Jews? Would Vanderbilt be letting him return to campus?