Outrageous: Religious Fundamentalists Murder Six Gay People in Baghdad

Very depressing.

A Reuters report from Baghdad today:

Two gay men were killed in Baghdad’s Sadr City slum, a local official said on Saturday, and police said they had found the bodies of four more after clerics urged a crackdown on a perceived spread of homosexuality.

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.


“Two young men were killed on Thursday. They were sexual deviants. Their tribes killed them to restore their family honor,” a Sadr City official who declined to be named said.


The police source who declined to be named said the bodies of four gay men were unearthed in Sadr City on March 25, each bearing a sign reading “pervert” in Arabic on their chests.


Sermons condemning homosexuality were read at the last two Friday prayer gatherings in Sadr City, a sprawling Baghdad slum of some 2 million people.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Outrageous: Religious Fundamentalists Murder Six Gay People in Baghdad

  1. Jerry says:

    Let Freedom Reign! Yes, life in Iraq is getting better by the day.”He says with eyes rolled in back of head”. Since the iraqi war began the Barak O’Bush plan has killed more people than Saddom killed in 30yrs. The iraq war just entered its 7th year. Its more of a joke today than the day it began….. when america goes to war she becomes a leech on its host. We bleed it for our own advantage. And like a parasite we’ll stay till the host dies or we’re removed. Neither seems likly anytime soon. Sadly No one really knows how many innocent iraqi men, women, children and elderly have been killed. Over 4260 americans have been killed. And for no reason. Does anyone even care anymore?

  2. GayPeople says:

    The Middle East has so many non-sense laws.They are decades back in time.

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