Syrian Kurds Declare ‘Respect for Homosexual Rights’

Syrian Kurds Declare ‘Respect for Homosexual Rights’

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led rebel force that includes Arabs and Christians, just said it has “deep respect for human rights, including the rights of homosexuals.” In a region where homosexuals face severe hatred and even death penalties, those words are rare and powerful. The statement came in response to reports that a new LGBT unit was established in Syria to fight ISIS alongside the Kurds. The Kurds clarified that these fighters are from outside Syria and do not belong to the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition, but they did not want this clarification to be mistaken for a rejection…
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5 Ways Islamists Set the Stage for the Orlando Attack

6/13/2016 The stage was set for the types of attacks we saw in Orlando a long time before the Islamic State (ISIS) showed up. Gays, just like Jews, are commonly scapegoated as vile, sin-bearing creatures whose mere presence decays societies. The stigmatizing of homosexuals inevitably leads to mistreatment and violence towards them, and we should not make the mistake of assuming this problem begins and ends with ISIS. Here are five ways that Islamists created the conditions for the Orlando attacks to happen even before ISIS was born: Supporting the Execution of Gays by Sharia Authorities All of the significant…
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