Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fundamentalists Kill 6 Gay Men

Muslim fundamentalists, urged on by their clerics, shot 6 gay men in Iraq in two separate incidents. They were shot dead by members of their tribe in two separate incidents in the past 10 days, an official with Iraq's Interior ministry said. Reuters said:

Homosexuality is prohibited almost everywhere in the Middle East, but conditions have become especially dangerous for gays and lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago.

Sermons condemning homosexuality were read at the last two Friday prayer gatherings in Sadr City, a sprawling Baghdad slum of some 2 million people. The slum is a bastion of support for fiery Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and his Mehdi Army militia.

Fundamentalists 'at work' doing god's will. Apparently that do-not-kill commandment must have had an asterisk.

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