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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Douglas Murray: Why does the battle for gay rights stop at the borders of Islam?

...In the newspapers today we can see photos of events in the Syrian town of Raqqa.  There Isis have just carried out another ‘execution’ of someone accused of being gay.  The victim – this time a man in his 50s – was thrown off the top floor of a seven-storey building.  He appears to have survived the fall and so was stoned to death by the crowd on the ground. 
What are right-thinking people to do about this?  For most of them it isn’t easy because they don’t even know where to begin thinking about this and have been taught to be almost fearful about speaking about it. 
I think we can probably say with some confidence that if an evangelical Christian group threw gays off towers in the Deep South, gay media outlets would currently be lambasting the Christian churches for a history of homophobia which had led to this pass.  There would be demands for every prominent and obscure Christian pastor to condemn this brutal act.  And they would.  If a group of group of deeply extrovert Jews did a similar thing we could, I think, expect a similarly stern response.  But the most that can be done with Isis is simply to report the facts and let them sit there, as though they come from nowhere... 

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