CNN: Gay Population Fearful Of And In Danger From ISIS

Well, it’s about time that someone in the U.S. media has taken a big notice of the threat from ISIS, and extremist Islam, towards the gay population, as Arwa Damon and Zeynep Bilginsoy note in their article (which includes disturbing video on autoplay)

Amid brazen, deadly attacks, gay Syrians tell of fear of ISIS persecution

One quibble: they aren’t so much attacks, as planned executions in public.

The photographs released by ISIS in its stronghold of Raqqa are dated March 2015. The first ones show a large crowd, mostly men, but also among them a handful of women and children, all looking up.

Three men on top of a building, faces covered in black balaclavas, stand on either side of their victim, while a fourth seems to be taking a photo or video.

Their victim is thrown off the building. In the last photograph, he is seen face down, surrounded by a small crowd of men, most carrying weapons, some with rocks in their hands. The caption reads “stoned to death.”

The victim brutally killed because he was accused of being gay.

There are at least half a dozen documented cases of men being similarly killed by ISIS. What’s even more sickening for Nour, a gay Syrian man, is the onlookers’ reaction.

The onlookers cheered, and looked happy.

Nour (a pseudo-name used for the article due to fear over reprisal) left Syria in 2012, before ISIS took over huge swaths of the country, after seeing a video of two men being beheaded. According to the voice on the clip, they are accused of being spies. Then toward the end, the voice speaks about “shaking the throne of God.”

“Whenever we hear this in video or audio, we know that this is exactly meant for gay people,” he says. “It was the moment of clarity, the moment of understanding; this place is not safe anymore.”

The pictures released by ISIS and other videos refer to gay men as the tribe of Lot, who, according to readings of the Quran and the hadith, or prophetic traditions, sinned by refusing Prophet Lot’s call to cease their homosexual activity and led to the destruction of Sodom. One hadith states, “When a man mounts another man, the throne of God shakes.”

Perhaps this kind of information will wake up those on the left who like to significantly downplay the threat from ISIS and hardcore Islam. Sadly, I expect little more from most Progressives than deflections, distractions, and strawmen (DDS). It’s like kneejerk reaction from them. Gays and women are treated horribly within hardcore Islam, yet this just can’t get Progressives to acknowledge the threat. Hardcore Islam is a threat to the entire way of life for Progressives and their beliefs, yet, little can move them to acknowledge the threat.

Now, the article itself, which should be read in full, deals exclusively with the plight of gays in Syria. But, they are certainly in danger everywhere hardcore Islam reigns.  What will it take to get Progressives to join in on wanting to fight ISIS and hardcore Islam?

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