The Observer reported this week that gays in Iraq are being hunted down and slaughtered by Shia death squads, in the latest escalation of ultra-violence in the war-torn 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, the British newspaper reported.
Section 111 of Iraqs penal code lays out protection for murder when people are acting against Islam, the Observer added.
In more Iraq news, Alternet reported that people infected with HIV are also being murdered, with most locals apparently viewing the disease as being associated with homosexuality, sex outside of marriage, and drug use- all considered religious offences.
"Deplorably, Iraqis have very low public awareness concerning HIV infection, said Youssera Ibrahim, spokesperson for the Iraqi Aid Association for Chronic Patients.
They still believe the last regime's ideology that such carriers are dogs with rabies and should be excluded from the society, he said.
Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant chatted to Skrufff recently about the increasing threat posed to non-heterosexuals by religious extremists in the Middle East and revealed that the bands latest album Fundamental is dedicated to two Iranian teenagers who were hung for being gay earlier this year.
Im against fundamentalism of any sort, I think we all are, arent we? We dont want to go back to the seventh century, thank you, said Neil.
What is the moderate Muslim position on homosexuality? What actually is it? I think its actually something reasonably horrifying, he suggested.
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/world/story/0,,1838222,00.html (Gays flee Iraq as Shia death squads find a new target . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)