Saturday, October 6, 2007

Two Saudi Men Sentenced to 7000 Lashes for Being Gay

From Head-On Radio by way of the Pensito Review, comes this abomination:

Two Saudi Men Sentenced to 7,000 Lashes for Being Gay
Posted by Jon Ponder | Oct. 6, 2007, 11:35 am

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent declaration that there are no gay people in Iran brought attention to the fact gays in Iran who are discovered are sentenced to death, and that a pair of teenaged boys were executed for being gay in 2005.

American conservatives, many of whom advocate re-criminalizing gay behavior, may have been able to distance themselves from the story because Iran is an enemy of the United States. But now comes word that a major U.S. ally has sentenced two men to be tortured by flogging, and that part of the sentence has already been carried out in public:
Prison authorities in Saudi Arabia have begun administering 7,000 lashes to each of two men convicted of committing “homosexual acts”, a local newspaper reported yesterday.

The Okaz newspaper says that the sentence was being meted out in “phases” and was being conducted in a public square in the southwestern city of Al-Bahah.

Neither man has been named.

The floggings began on Tuesday. The men were dragged into the square, their shirts removed and they were whipped. They were then returned to prison. The process was repeated on Wednesday and will continue daily until all 7,000 lashes have been administered.

Islamic laws prohibiting gay sex are brutal:

Among the Sunni schools of Islamic jurisprudence (madhahib), the Hanafi school mandates a severe beating for the first offense, and the death penalty for a repeat offender. The Shafi’i school calls for 100 lashes for an unmarried homosexual, death by stoning for a married one. The Hanbali school requires stoning across the board. Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, directed his followers to kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him”(‘Umdat al-Salik, p17.3).

4 comments:

Casdok said...

I am speachless...

Elizabeth McClung said...

There is something surreal about the number, like say 4,300 lashes weren't enough. Last year, in the (ahh, name escapes me, Sudan?) three lesbians were sentenced to 150 lashes; two died. I assumed this is meant as a public and prolonged death - very 14th century.

While the US goes overseas to invade countries for "women's rights" ala Afganistan, I am guessing no "gay rights invasion plan" is going to be forthcoming. Nor a condemnation from the UN.

Sigh.

misscripchick said...

it's times like these where i have to REMIND myself that it's 2007 we're living in...sometimes it sure doesn't feel like it.

Natalia said...

Bush & Co. have been in bed with the Saudi royla family for, like, eons. These are our dear friends and allies. And the corrupt Saudi regime prefers their country to stagnate as the result of barbaric laws - while they live lavish lifestyles and engage in all sorts of luxuries eagerly supplied by the "debauched" Western world (be it shopping at Prada, or staying at Ritz).

Sick.