Iraqi Rebels Say They’re Fighting to Prevent Gay Marriage
December 30, 2004
By 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff
Baghdad—Three Iraqi rebel groups,
including the one claiming responsibility for the Dec. 21 suicide bombing of
the U.S. military base at Mosul where 22 people were killed, said Thursday
they are fighting to prevent “homosexual marriage”.
Ansar al-Sunnah and two other rebel groups, posted
messages on their websites warning people not to vote in the January
elections, declaring that democracy is un-Islamic.
The statements said that democracy would lead to passing
un-Islamic laws, such as permitting same-sex marriage.
“We also warn everyone to keep away from all military
targets, whether they were bases, American Zionist patrols, or the forces of
the pagan guard, and police,” Ansar al-Sunnah said on its website and in a
statement it released in Baghdad.
“Democracy is a Greek word meaning the rule of the
people, which means that the people do what they see fit,” the statement
said. ``This concept is considered apostasy and defies the belief in one
The warning followed Monday’s audiotape statement from
al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden urging Iraqis to boycott the elections and
praising attacks against Americans and those who co-operate with them.
Homosexuality is illegal in most Islamic countries.
An Islamic court in Nigeria last month issued an arrest
warrant for a middle-aged man accused of having gay sex. If caught and
convicted the Sharia court could sentence him to death by stoning.
Last year Australia refused to grant asylum to a
Bangladesh gay couple who feared they would be put to death if returned to
Egypt routinely rounds up gay men, many as a result of
On Thursday American troops and warplanes repulsed a
large insurgent attack against an outpost in the restive northern city of
Mosul, killing at least 25 rebels. One U.S. soldier died in hospital after the
firefight and 20 were wounded.
[Home] [Iraq] [World]