Friday, May 27, 2011

How consistent: Homosexuality still punishable by death after "Arab Spring"

At lease we can count on Islam being true to form on the important issues.  As secular democracy races through Arab countries we see the real face of the revolution....again.  Being gay will not be part of the new democratic Islam.

Will anyone take notice of the dichomoty?

From CNN May 27 by Catriona Davies

Will gays be 'sacrificial lambs' in Arab Spring?

(CNN) -- The uprisings bringing political change and demonstrations across much of the Arab world have given millions of people hope of greater freedom. But some gay people in the Middle East fear exactly the opposite.

Homosexuality is illegal -- enforced to varying degrees -- in most Arab countries.
A 2011 report by the International Lesbian and Gay Association reported that homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries worldwide and punishable by death in five, including Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The total number of Islamic countries is 57.  Do the math.

Despite the risks, there are those willing to speak out and campaign for gay rights across the Middle East.

Sami Hamwi, a 35-year-old journalist from Damascus, is the Syrian editor for the website Gay Middle East, but few friends or family know his true sexual orientation.

Hamwi said: "We have been trying in Gay Middle East to start a group to be able to help LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] people in Syria. It is a work in progress."

How far that work will proceed is anyones guess.

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