SPECIAL UPDATE from Dan: I will offer a $25 contribution to the first non-Republican gay organization which criticizes the President for this omission. If none do so by Monday morning, I will give that to GOProud.
I wish I could say that I picked up on this myself, but I must give full credit to New Zealand blogger Darren who writes at The Fairfacts Media Show and the No Minister blog and who emailed me earlier today.
Why did President Obama completely ignore the persecution and pogroms of gays where Islamic law is the rule of the land? It is happening in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and even Egypt. (The list goes on and on actually….)
Gays living under strict Islamic law (whether in a nation or a region) are subject to death. Women(as a group) actually have better lives in the Muslim faith than do gays and lesbians. Although gay men seem to be particular targets of the horrific state/mosque-sanctioned atrocities.
Has Obama not seen the photos of young gay men being hanged in Iran?
It is outrageous for President Obama to ignore this issue while he addressed so many others today. He let a lot of people down today by taking a walk on this serious human rights threat to gays in many Muslim countries and communities.
“President Obama’s silence today on the treatment of gays and lesbians in Muslim countries is shameful. The penalty for simply being gay in Muslim countries like Iran is death. Even in Egypt, the country where President Obama spoke today, gays have been subject to arrest and imprisonment.
It is intolerable for President Obama to turn a blind eye to the type of human rights abuses occurring at the hands of Islamic extremists throughout the world. If the United States is to maintain its position of moral leadership in the world, then this administration must make it clear that basic human rights for all should be respected.”
I am really beginning to wonder why the American gay and lesbian activists were so hot for Obama to begin with.