For this post, we're going to need to put aside our religious views, and behave secular. I'm posting about anti-gay material on Islam.SE...
Language likely to offend or alienate individuals or groups based on... sexual orientation... will not be tolerated. At all. (Those are just a few examples; when in doubt, just don't.) -- Be Nice
Subscriber... agrees that it will not contribute any Subscriber Content that ... is hateful, offensive... -- Legal
I think it is safe to say that, at present, we are tolerating a not-insignificant amount of content which is likely to offend people based on sexual orientation (see examples below). I think it's also safe to suspect that, at present, Islam.SE hosts the worst anti-gay content of any StackExchange site.
Question: Should we be preventing anti-gay material?
Thoughts and observations
At other sites, even minor infractions result in action. Here's an example from math.SE where action was taken against a user whose username was "anti-gay" (math.SE meta). Even this tiny act was disruptive:
I believe it constitutes hate speech. If you look at the comments on this user's answers, you will see that many others do too. -- Potato
site:stackexchange.com meta homophobic didn't yield other examples; it seems like having anti-gay material on StackExchange is abnormal.
Taking action against anti-gay material should be counter-balanced with a few points:
Islam itself contains anti-gay content.
In all likelihood, gay people know Islam is anti-gay.
Would action amount to censorship? (See: Shog9 ♦'s post at Christianity.SE, 2011.)
Shog9 ♦ also highlights the possible point:
- If people are not flagging things as offensive, then it's not offensive.
But I'm unsure about this: the people who find these posts rude may not engage with the site (or just leave), and therefore not flag.
As far as I know, we don't have the flexibility to pick and choose which parts of the Be Nice policy apply to Islam.SE. Any instance of not using StackExchange appropriately may inhibit graduation. We're meant to be making the Internet a better place to get expert answers to your questions.
I cherry-picked some snippets from the religious sites concerning homosexuality. We're not the only ones (although two wrongs don't make a right). Warning: These are likely offensive, so I use spoilers below.
Homosexuality, bisexuality, pedophilia, incest, voyeurism, and many other fetishes and manifestations of sexual desires seem to be found in human beings more commonly today than ever before.
He may say: "I'm attracted to the meat of dead humans in the same way another man is attracted to the meat of a lamb. If Allah forbids eating the meat of dead humans, then why does he allow people to be born with these attitudes?"
There are similar activities (eg. necrophilia) that exist in animals but that does not mean they are normal. Prohibiting necrophiliac behaviour (sex with dead bodies) and permitting sodomy is plain hypocrisy.
Almost all sahabas agreed on severe punishments for sodomy. Some agree that they should be burned and stoned, other said they should be thrown from height and then stoned, some said they should just be stoned, but most agreed, their punishment would be death.
Judaism Stackexchange (Mi Yodeya)
An act of anal penetration between two men is prohibited for both the men. The ultimate grade of condemnation for this transgression is stoning.
While Ezekiel isn't clear which detestable things were done, the Genesis account only indicates rampant homosexuality (possibly alluding to public, homosexual orgies) as the cause for this phrase "detestable things".
This is in stark contrast with homosexuality, which, throughout the entire Christian canon is characteristic of deep depravity (cf. Sodom, Rom. 1), and leads to the severest condemnation and judgment from God -- every time it is mentioned.
Hinduism Stackexchange seems toned down:
Homosexuality in men is clearly stated as a sin in the Manu Smriti. -- Vedas and Vedic dharma on homosexuality
Buddhism Stackexchange seems friendly:
homosexual activity outside of committed (homosexual) relationships is unwholesome -- What is the attitude toward homosexuality in Buddhism?