LGBTQ in Iraq

March 15, 2007

From the Guardian-

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. The threat has led to a rapid increase in the numbers of Iraqi homosexuals now seeking asylum in the UK because it has become impossible for them to live safely in their own country.

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.

For the whole article, click here.

Democracy?  Protection of the majority interests?  Many in the US Church have argued that the majority should rule within Episcopal polity and that the counts in the bicameral system don’t reflect the actual numbers of congregants in the pews.  Look what happens when ‘majority rule’ is taken to the extreme.

Of course in US democratic tradition all humans are created equal with some inalienable rights.  I guess we forgot to instill that value when we brought Iraq into the US empire.



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