Seems the queer establishment has forgotten their own slogan. Shamefully, neither Human Rights Watch nor the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission participated in, or even endorsed, the July 19 vigil for two executed gay Iranian teens.
Apparently, Iran's assertion that the two were punished for an alleged rape of a 13-year-old boy is good enough for the gay (FAR) left. This despite extensive first-hand reporting from the region that discounts the terrorist state's version.
As Andrew Sullivan points out, "it is much more important (for these groups) to distance itself from the anti-Iran stance of the Bush administration than to reach out to persecuted gays in Iran."
Plus, they've got to arrange their next awards ceremony.
HRW's gay rights specialist Scott Long went so far to say the Mashad executions “painted a picture of an ‘intensifying reign of terror’ or ‘pogrom,’” which he said is “unfounded.”
In other words, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has more credibility than journalists and our own State Department.
I urge anyone who supports those organizations financially to withhold their contributions. Turning a blind eye to the struggle of gay and lesbians worldwide is unpardonable, and taking the word of an anti-gay, anti-Semetic, anti-American terrorist is beyond the pale.
I wish you could see the steam coming out of my ears. Hopefully, I'm not the only one.