Saturday, May 30, 2009

Iraq's Position on LGBT Rights: "Homosexuality is a Disaster" by Michael A. Jones

Well, here's one step forward, and about 9,000 steps backwards when it comes to LGBT rights in Iraq.  Fundamentalist Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr addressed Iraq's ongoing violence toward LGBT people in Iraq, by urging Iraqi people to reject killing LGBT people, which has become a nationwide epidemic, with several dozen men being murdered in the past few months because of their sexual orientation (or their perceived sexual orientation).

The downside to all of this?  Sadr took the occasion to call homosexuality fundamentally evil, and preach conversion therapy through Islamic preaching and teaching.  Kind of an odd thing to say, since most of the people murdering LGBT people in Iraq are doing so in the name of radical Islamic teaching and preaching (or, well, at least in the name of how they see Islamic teaching and preaching).  *Sigh* Read full article

Michael Jones Boston, MA - Michael is the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and previously was Communications Director for Pax Christi USA, a progressive Catholic human rights organization.

Reprinted with permission of Michael Jones 

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