My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Are gays being targeted in Iraq?

I wish the press would be as loud on this case as on the Rahman case.
Following a death-to-gays fatwa issued last October by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, death squads of the Badr Corps have been systematically targeting gay Iraqis for persecution and execution, gay Iraqis say. But when they ask for help and protection from U.S. occupying authorities in the Green Zone, the secure area officialdom has carved out within Baghdad, gays Iraqis are met with indifference and derision.

“The Badr Corps is committed to the sexual cleansing of Iraq,” said Ali Hili, a 33-year-old gay Iraqi exile in London who, with some 30 other gay Iraqis who have fled to the United Kingdom, five months ago founded the Abu Nawas Group there to support persecuted gay Iraqis. The group is named for a revered eighth-century classical poet of Arab and Persian descent known throughout Middle East cultures and famous for his poems in praise of same-sex love.

“We believe that the Badr Corps is receiving advice from Iran on how to target gay people,” Hili told Gay City News.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been carrying out a lethal anti-gay pogrom against gays, notably through entrapment schemes carried out on the Internet. The Badr Corps in Iraq has recently begun to use this tactic to identify and hunt down Iraqi gays.

The well-armed Badr Corps is the military arm of the Iranian-backed Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), the powerful Shia group that is the largest political formation in Iraq's Shia community, which was headquartered in exile in Tehran until Saddam Hussein's fall. The SCIRI's Badr Corps is trained and commanded by former Iraqi army officers.

The Ayatollah Sistani, the 77-year-old Iranian-born cleric who is the supreme Shia authority in Iraq, is revered by SCIRI as its spiritual leader. His anti-gay fatwa-available on Sistani's official Web site-says that “people involved” in homosexuality “should be killed in the worst, most severe way of killing.”

Speaking by telephone from London, Hili said that “there is a very, very serious threat to life for gay people in Iraq today. We are receiving regular reports from our extensive network of contacts with underground gay activists and gay people in Iraq-intimidation, beatings, kidnappings, and murders of gays have become an almost daily occurrence. The Badr Corps was killing gay people even before the ayatollah's fatwa, but Sistani's murderous homophobic incitement has given a green light to all Shia Muslims to hunt and kill lesbians and gay men.”


Blogger Brian Lemon said...

I wish they would too. The MSM refuses to accept that one of the reasons that the USA is, and should be, battling against these Islamic states is because of their hatred of and persecution of gays.
And yet the Christian Peacemakers and their ilk, and Barbra Streisand among others hate their governments more than they hate these tyrants.

12:11 PM  
Blogger William E. Demers said...

I've been trying to reason with leftists a lot over this gay targeting. It's disgusting to know this sort of "cleansing" still exists in areas around the world.

The left fights for human rights to a point of lunacy within the West accusing our governments of being fascist/nazi/etc... But in actual fascist regimes, do you think the left gives a damn?

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the reasons I find notions of US "good will" so hard to believe. Indifference to people being slaughtered for their sexuality? What is this, Texas? The whole Iraq adventure has resulted in far more pain than it has presented. Instead of a ruthless and bloodthirsty dictator sometimes authorizing rape and murder, you have tens of thousands of people taking the initiative to do it themselves. Say what you will of Saddam, he kept the streets clean and the crime rate very low. When I talk to my relatives back in Iraq there is so much sadness in their voices. Every family now knows someone who has been raped, someone who has been murdered, and not even a puppet justice has been performed. Is this freedom? Is this a safer, more stable world? There is more reason to hate Western governments than the insane dictators of the Middle East simply because the West claims to be so much more. And in doing so, they fail. Fail horribly. Fail with their ignorance.

9:05 AM  

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