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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Homosexuality not acceptable to Muslims – says Muslim

The President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Libyan Ali Abdussalam Treki, thinks homosexuality isn’t acceptable for most of the world.

At least that’s what he said when opening an assembly session.

Some journalists asked him what he thought of the “Declaration for the Universal Decriminalisation of Homosexuality”. Not much, it seems.

This homophobic bigot’s reply was, “It is a very thorny argument. As a Muslim, I do not agree with it. I believe it is not acceptable for most of the world, and it is totally unacceptable for our tradition and religion.”

And what’s your religion got to do with human rights, you pompous oaf? It’s about as far from human rights as any religion can get.

I was chatting about this to my Pink Triangle colleague George Broadhead, who’s also secretary of the Pink Triangle Trust, who told me, “This is outrageous, but the personal views he expressed are hardly surprising given the intrinsic homophobia of the religion he adheres to [see links below].

“However, like other members of the General Assembly, he is duty-bound to represent the principles and the aims of the United Nations, according to the Charter adopted on 26 June 1945 with its respect for human rights and fundamental freedom for all human beings. Instead he has implicitly endorsed the barbaric treatment of thousands of gay people throughout the world. He should be asked to resign or removed from office.”

You’re too kind, George. Perhaps stringing him up by his thumbs would be more appropriate. Not a great assault on his human rights, relatively speaking.

UPDATE: George has, since this post was written, received this comment from Roy Brown, the International Humanist and Ethical Union’s main representative at the UN:

Of course, Mr Ali Abdussalam Trekki is entirely right in saying, as a Muslim, that homosexuality “is not acceptable by our religion, our tradition”. What is deeply worrying is his clear but unspoken belief that Muslims’ primitive religious taboos should therefore trump human rights – a view that, sadly, is becoming increasingly common among Muslim delegations throughout the United Nations system.
Related links:
Cruelty, as only Islam knows how
How Islam “respects women”
Islamists net their victims

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