They burned women as witches, impaled them on the rack, cut their limbs off, and slew them by the thousands. Religious zealots. People who 'knew' the Truth. Folks who needed to cleanse their society of the irreligious, the heretic, the atheist. Purity and unity. God's will be done.
This from the UK Independent yesterday:
Mehdi Kazemi is a gay teenager from Iran. He sought sanctuary in Britain after his boyfriend was hanged for homosexuality...A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend was executed by the Iranian authorities now faces the same fate after losing his legal battle for asylum.
Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study English in 2004 but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by the Iranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged.
In America we no longer hang them; we beat and drag them to death or club them to death. Occasionally we shoot them. Of course we harass them, jeer them, and insult them. The Fundamentalists here in America castigate them as evil persons who go against the laws of God. They want them to repent, denounce their life-style, and come to Jesus. Oh-so compassionate of them.
Yet the American Fundamentalists are just a few steps back from the Iranians: they won't hang them, but they do condemn them and classify them and keep the issue in the spotlight.
'Doing God's work here on earth' is the mantra. 'If only they could be a pure and righteous as we are.' 'We know the Truth.' 'We are the saved.'