Sunday, August 06, 2006

Iraqi insurgents targetting gays


This is sick, even more so as some of their victims aren't even gay, but forced into prostitution by gangs or poverty. And not even illegal:
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.
Of course, murdering gays in the name of religion's not confined to the middle east, Jamaican murderers and reggae stars who extol it in songs, for example, often use the bible as 'justification'.
Much as I find a distaste for the middle-eastern monotheisms on this score, it doesn't end there, there's enough persecution in Mugabe's Zimbabwe or Castro's Cuba.

Far be it from me to knock other religions, but if you're gay and religious, c'mon over to Buddhism - we haven't got a problem.


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