More on the gay Saudi diplomat seeking asylum in the US

NYT:

Mr. Asseri sent a letter Saturday to various news outlets saying that employees at the Saudi Consulate had harassed him after they began to suspect that he was gay and after learning that a close friend was a Jewish Israeli woman.

“My life is in a great danger here,” Mr. Asseri wrote in the letter, “and if I go back to Saudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight. I want my voice to be heard, and I want them to know that I am not alone.”

Not a very convincing denial from the Saudi embassy:

Mr. Jubeir said possible consequences for a Saudi diplomat who announces he is gay “have not been discussed.” But, he added, “In general, homosexuality in Islam is unacceptable.”

Bad time for Islam to be showing its intolerant side. And with the Obama administration’s recent rather public tolerance of Islam – a welcome thing – it’s a perfect time for them to show a little tolerance to others as well.

And here’s a disturbing addendum from the LA Times:

Homosexuality “being a crime on the books isn’t enough, but showing you will be sentenced to life or put to hard labor for 10 years, the courts construe excess punishment as rising to the standard of persecution,” Rosenberg told Babylon & Beyond.

Oh really? Sentencing someone to under ten years prison time for being gay isn’t “excess punishment”? It’s only when it hits ten years that it’s excessive. Just how much prison time do our courts find acceptable for being Jewish or black?


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