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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

One reason why we need to be in Afghanistan

The Conservative Party of Canada has been excoriated repeatedly for its position on gay marriage. Liberals & NDPers fulminate constantly that the CPC is the last refuge of bigoted homophobic troglodytes, and that Stephen Harper's hidden agenda involves gay concentration camps and pink triangle badges. So, where in the world is this kind of persecution ACTUALLY taking place? Iraq, Afghanistan & other enlightened parts of the Muslim world. Gay marriage kind of fades in importance when opposition parties are demanding that Harper pull our troops out of situations like this (from The Guardian, UK):

Hardline Islamic insurgent groups in Iraq are targeting a new type of victim with the full protection of Iraqi law, The Observer can reveal. The country is seeing a sudden escalation of brutal attacks on what are being called the ‘immorals’ - homosexual men and children as young as 11 who have been forced into same-sex prostitution. There is growing evidence that Shia militias have been killing men suspected of being gay and children who have been sold to criminal gangs to be sexually abused.
Eleven-year-old Ameer Hasoon al-Hasani was kidnapped by policemen from the front of his house last month. He was known in his district to have been forced into prostitution. His father Hassan told me he searched for his son for three days after his abduction, then found him, shot in the head. A copy of the death certificate confirms the cause of death…Graphic photos obtained from Baghdad sources too frightened to identify themselves as having known a gay man, and seen by the Observer, show other gay Iraqis who have been executed. One shows two men, suspected of having a relationship, blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs - guns at the ready behind their heads - awaiting execution. Another picture captured on a mobile phone shows a gay man being beaten to death. Yet another shows a corpse being dragged through the streets after his execution.
Homosexuality is seen as so immoral that it qualifies as an ‘honour killing’ to murder someone who is gay - and the perpetrator can escape punishment. Section 111 of Iraq’s penal code lays out protections for murder when people are acting against Islam.

(h/t: GayPatriot

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This post is distorting two issues and inflaming opinions without really putting forth substantive arguments for either. Gay marriage in Canada and homosexual persecution in Afghanistan (and many countries in the world) are not comparable. Perhaps you would like to enlighten us on how Canadian obesity is causing children in Zimbabwe to starve. Harper's undefined goals for the Afghan mission does not erase the fact that he wishes to reopen the gay marriage vote.