Sunday, April 05, 2009

6 gay men shot in Iraq after clerics urged crackdown on gays

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Six gay men were shot dead by members of their tribe in two separate incidents in the past 10 days, an official with Iraq's Interior ministry said.

In the most recent attack, two men were killed Thursday in Sadr City area of Baghdad after they were disowned by relatives, the official said.

As quoted by John Aravosis: "clerics urged a crackdown on a perceived spread of homosexuality."

What, they weren't Anglican?

Gotta love that "exporting democracy" thing, dontcha?
Homosexuality is prohibited almost everywhere in the Middle East, but conditions have become especially dangerous for gays and lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago.
Every time I hear a former Bush maladministration member say the world is a better or safer place with Saddam Hussein out of power I want to scream (and throw things at the radio or TV).

He was a beast, of course, but we have not made things better in Iraq.

Burn in hell, Bush, burn in hell.

h/t to John Aravosis at Americablog
--the BB


FranIAm said...

I have suspected as much - this disgusts me. Completely.

sandyv said...

This is heartbreaking no matter where it happens. To kill in the name of religion or beliefs is insane in itself. How in the world could relatives disown any family member after watching them grow up? God is crying for people, that are so ignorant as He/She made everyone on earth, no matter your opinion. All I can say is OMG, my heart breaks for anyone that is "different" than anyone else.

Paul said...

It is hard to comprehend how family members could kill one of their own to "restore family honor." Their minds have clearly been poisoned and it is tragic.

Thanks for commenting, sandyv, and welcome.