The kind of pointless, horrific things that we see the Islamic State doing is just absurd, they seem to take pleasure in causing pain and shocking the world. A gay man was thrown from the top of a tall building in Mosul by ISIS fighters in front of a large cheering crowd. There is video of a man, his face covered with a balaclava, reading off the charges from Sharia law. According to the captions, the punishment for engaging in sodomy is to be “thrown from a high place” and that’s exactly what they did. There are further pictures of the crowd gathering around the man’s dead body, a crowd that was mostly made up of men, but also included women and children.
But this isn’t just a one-time thing done for publicity, they repeated the same act in early March when three men wearing black balaclavas pushed a gay man off the top of a building in Raqqa. I had to dig this story out when the new one broke, just so I could add to the horror. After the man is executed, we see scenes of men with rocks, who then stone the corpse. According to a gay rights activist, Nour, “It’s too much to watch, and people are just standing there in these images and watching, and they are not doing anything, and their facial expressions are really scary because they are not even scared of what is going on. They might be a little bit excited or maybe happy to get rid of homosexuals in the city.
We now know of at least half a dozen gay men who have been murdered in this fashion in the last several months and the situation doesn’t appear to be getting any better in the LGBT community. While IS is most often responsible for the murders, the moderate Muslim nations of the Middle East are not helping a bit, in fact, most have laws criminalizing gay sex, punishable by prison sentences. Turkey, one of the few without such primitive laws, has become a favorite hiding place for those penalized for being gay, yet recently, even Turkey has started to pursue a less secular path.
It is awful to see the kind of barbaric things that human beings will resort to under the control of religion. There is no conceivable secular position which can possibly cause these kind of atrocities, it is religious beliefs to blame and there simply is no denying it. This is a perfect story for Horror Show Sunday and an excellent example of why radical religion needs to be stopped.