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Muqtada Sadr Urges Tolerance of LGBT People

Prominent Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during news conference in Najaf, south of Baghdad, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani - RTX2C8KD

Prominent Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr speaks during news conference in Najaf, south of Baghdad, April 30, 2016. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani – RTX2C8KD

This is a welcome statement especially in the face of the violence that gays have been experiencing, including from Sadr’s own followers. His statement is not particularly groundbreaking as it is the most commonly-held view among mainstream Muslim sects, one that preaches tolerance but not acceptance of homosexual acts.

via. Al-Monitor

BAGHDAD – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has praised Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for publicly advocating a humanitarian stance toward the LGBT community, saying they should not be subjected to violence. Last month, Joe Stork, HRW’s deputy Middle East director, said, “His statement represents an important change in the right direction and should be followed by concrete actions to protect LGBT people from violence.”

In a rare, unexpected statement on July 7 about the LGBT community, the leader of the Sadrist movement declared, “[You] must disassociate from them and provide them advice [but] not attack them.” His comment was in response to a letter by a Sadrist supporter who complained about men “acting like women” and “suspicious relations between people of the same gender,” referring to homosexual relationships.

HRW has documented “serious abuses” by various Iraqi groups, including Sadrists, against LGBT people, who have become a social community in the country. The human rights organization said, “We hope this [new stance by Sadr] will change behavior in successors to the Mahdi Army and other ranks and spur the government to hold accountable those who commit these crimes.”

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  • (((Reynardine)))

    “Tolerance” means a mutual, if tacit, agreement to let be. You may not like someone’s religion, or politics, or sexual orientation, or the way they look, and/or they may not like yours, but so long as the rights of the unwilling or the unwitting are not being infringed upon, you live by the unspoken obligation to let each other be.

  • Mehdi

    Meaning ?

  • Joey Sanders

    I think he is trumpeting the opinion of many Muslims around the world. Many of us may not believe in that lifestyle as an alternative choice, but we are not willing to kill over it. That’s just stupid.

    I also don’t believe that killing homosexuals is a right wing or left wing stance. It’s unfortunate that everything, nowadays, is turned into a left versus right issue.

  • Joey Sanders

    Could you go into more detail?

  • mindy1

    XD XD

  • Khizer

    Trumpers are so predictable, their reasoning for hating refugees and Muslims is absolutely baseless and retarded.

    Below are the comments of a typical Texan trumpet idiot:

    “I guess its my duty as a Texan to remind the rest of the world that this other “Texan” here that does not follow world events and cannot understand why Texans do not want Syrian refugees in our state. This “Texan” that posted above me lacks the desire or tools to understand where terrorism is coming from these days. Real Texans do not support sharia law, Real Texans do not support stoning, Real Texans do not support throwing gays off of roofs, Real Texans do not support the beheadings of innocents, Real Texans do not support burning people alive, Real Texans do not support drowning people. Until we can figure out the problem going on in the muslim community they can stay the fuck out of Texas”

    “You are conveniently forgetting the fact that there is wide spread reports of ISIS/ISIL sending terrorists disguised as refugees lmao. I do hope you realize the federal government is NOT VETTING THESE PEOPLE. THEY DONT KNOW WHO THE FUCK THEY ARE SENDING US. FUCK THEM. Sorry but Texas has low tolerance for putting up with terrorism. I would rather be called “racist” (muslim isnt a race retards) then be dead”.

    “Texans have no desire for Texas / The United States of America to turn into the model shithole that Germany has become”.

    Typical arguments revolve are around “MUH FREEDOMZ”, “SHURIAH LURZ”, “ALL REFUGGES AR TURRORISTS!!!”, ” THER HAZ BEEN 123909,689039.6590 QUADRILLION TURRURIST ARTTACKS SINCE 9/11″, proceeds to link to the religionofpeace.ass, “MUZLIM EXTREMISTS ARE NOT JURST A SMELL GROOP THEY ARE VERY VERY BIGZ”, links to the religionofpeace.ass again.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    By her name, the assailant was Albanian. You can feature what her fellow sTRUMPets think of her. Some people only have the guts to kick down.

  • (((Reynardine)))

    Seriously, y’gotta watch out for that.

  • Mehdi

    Posted this article and got a lot of surprised and positive response from many people.

  • Khizer

    Truly diabolical!!!

  • Just_Stopping_By

    Getting groceries? I believe you mean vegetable jihad!!!

  • Khizer

    Truly a hero, those women and babies were upto diabolical things I’m sure of it, like, god forbid, getting groceries or taking a nice stroll outside!!!

  • Just_Stopping_By

    I liked Emperor’s introduction to this piece.

    On a sad note, we need more tolerance and acceptance of Muslims here as well: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/10/us/brooklyn-muslim-women-attacked/index.html :

    “2 Muslim women, babies attacked in alleged hate crime in New York”

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