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For Gays In Iraq, A Life Of Constant Fear  
User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2345 times:

Interesting article in the LA Times today...yet another group that wasn't necessarily being protected by Saddam but at least did not have to fear death under the old regime before the invasion.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...headlines-world&ctrack=1&cset=true

I just wonder why this hasn't received more coverage in the media or by the politicians. Any thoughts?

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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Thread starter):
Any thoughts?

Probably because EVERYONE in Iraq is living in fear and so the need to single out any particular group never came up...after all, you don't need to be doing anything other than shopping or waiting for a bus to get offed in Iraq.


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Thread starter):
Interesting article in the LA Times today...yet another group that wasn't necessarily being protected by Saddam but at least did not have to fear death under the old regime before the invasion.

Don't trust the LA Times. They are pretty leftist.

From Amnesty International:

The death penalty continued to be applied extensively. In November the Revolutionary Command Council, the highest executive body in the country, issued a decree to provide the death penalty for the offences of prostitution, homosexuality, incest and rape.

http://web.amnesty.org/report2002/mde/iraq!Open


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 2):
Don't trust the LA Times. They are pretty leftist.

From Amnesty International:

The death penalty continued to be applied extensively. In November the Revolutionary Command Council, the highest executive body in the country, issued a decree to provide the death penalty for the offences of prostitution, homosexuality, incest and rape.

So, do we not trust either, Charles?

Maybe Bush should tell Iraq to put in a Constitutional Amendment, banning gay marriage.  Yeah sure


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8290 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2228 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Thread starter):
I just wonder why this hasn't received more coverage in the media or by the politicians. Any thoughts?

It's obvious why. The Family Research Council and their behavior-controlling, "morality"-enforcing ilk don't want any more discussion on the subject than already exists. Stories like this from abroad only legitimize the global struggle against homophobia and like-minded persecution, and that's the last thing they want.



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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 2):
Don't trust the LA Times. They are pretty leftist.

 rotfl   rotfl   rotfl 

I bet Harrison Gray Otis is whirling in his grave at this moment.



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
It's obvious why.

Yes it is - it is not true. Under Saddam, homosexuals were executed.

Look, there are a million things in Iraq more important and more urgent to fix than gay rights.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 6):
Look, there are a million things in Iraq more important and more urgent to fix than gay rights.

So, it's OK with you if some are excuted because there are more important things? Uh, OK.


User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 3):
So, do we not trust either, Charles?

Good point. Just because a press corp leans towards one side doesn't mean they are going to present inaccurate facts. Fox news is far right...should I not trust the facts they present then? A reporter can twist the facts, that I'll give you, but killing gays just for being gay is not an opinion or a bias, it's a fact.

Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 4):
Stories like this from abroad only legitimize the global struggle against homophobia and like-minded persecution, and that's the last thing they want.

Thanks Aaron, that's probably the most eloquent explanation I've received here so far. I acknowledge that we have a government that is against gay rights, so gays getting executed in Iraq is probably not their biggest concern. On the other hand, I wonder why they are giving the same silence treatment to the millions of Christians that have had to flee Iraq in fear for their lives. Wouldn't this be on the Family Research Council's radar, or are the Iraqi Christians not valuable enough for the church?

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 6):
Look, there are a million things in Iraq more important and more urgent to fix than gay rights.

Er, this is not as simple as gay marriage, this is life and death we are talking about, and no matter what personal feelings you may have towards gays, killing innocent civilians should never be discarded this easily. At the very least, the US government should ask the Iraqi government to discipline those police officers that target gays and execute them, and to ask the religous sectarian leaders not to endorse executions of gays. You are right, there are a million things to fix in Iraq, so why add homophobia to the list?

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 3):
Maybe Bush should tell Iraq to put in a Constitutional Amendment, banning gay marriage.

I think it's here in the US were he wished he could pass such legislation!

Cheers!

Charles


User currently onlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21867 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2115 times:

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 8):
You are right, there are a million things to fix in Iraq, so why add homophobia to the list?

Homophobia is obviously already on the list.

People are being killed on a daily basis in Iraq. Not just gay people, not just Sunni people, not just Shiite people, people in general. Once that's under control, then Iraq can go about protecting it's homosexuals.

-Mir



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2046 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 7):
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 6):
Look, there are a million things in Iraq more important and more urgent to fix than gay rights.

So, it's OK with you if some are excuted because there are more important things? Uh, OK.

Falcon, you are usually brighter than that. Look at the date of Amnesty's report. Saddam was in power then.

AFAIK, they don't execute gays anymore. That's an improvement, isn't it? Be happy for small favors in a country where Islam is the majority religion. They still have honor killings - and I think that's a far worse problem.

If you want to hold a gay-pride parade in the middle east, you're gonna be waiting an awful long time.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 10):
AFAIK, they don't execute gays anymore.

The state maybe doesn't any more - but nowadays you have roving death squads of the religious fanatics who attack and kill people whose outfits or any other attributes they don't happen to like.

Big progress, really.

Small wonder that millions of iraqis are fleeing the country if they can.


User currently offlineFrequentflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 736 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 11):
The state maybe doesn't any more - but nowadays you have roving death squads of the religious fanatics who attack and kill people whose outfits or any other attributes they don't happen to like.

Then the "State" has failed its Nation, for failure to protect.

But you have to admit that it is not surprising, given the overall status of the Country. This is a piece of the mess. I disagree however with some folks in this thread who kind of dismiss the problem as of a lesser importance. Gay Rights are an excellent index for Liberty anywhere, to start with... right to Live.

Edit: 2 typos.

[Edited 2007-08-06 15:40:08]


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