Activists are more than willing to condemn the homophobic leaders of the Christian right for campaigning against gay marriage; but they are weary of condemning Islamist regimes that execute citizens for being gay.Our gay leaders attempt to distract us. First up, Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the NGLTF:
"There wasn't a peep about the execution of juveniles in Texas. ... Let's not have double standards because it's a different part of the world."Next comes Faisal Alam, founder of a US organization for gay and lesbian Muslims:
"If we think that psychological torture and physical torture and rape and inhumane conditions are not part of our own criminal justice system, than people don't have a clue about the reality of our nation, let alone the conditions of Guantánamo, let alone the sanctions to keep prisoners in Afghanistan."
"While we condemn the executions of gay teens in Iran, we must remember that until March of this year, our own country was one of only five in the world that executed juvenile offenders."Those might have been seen as "hallelujah" comments if we were talking just about juveniles and the death penalty. But are these two men suggesting that the state of Texas is executing juveniles FOR BEING GAY?!?! The age-old trouble with our gay and lesbian lobby is their inability to stay focused on GAY RIGHTS.
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