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Red Eye: Gay Saudi Seeks Asylum, Rauf Silent

Posted on September 14 2010 2:00 pm
I'm a newly born Conservative, recovering from a life of misguided liberalism. 40-something, born in Seattle and raised in Washington State.
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Protesting a mosque makes Feisal Rauf sad. Gay muslims being killed? Not so much.

On the most recent episode of “Red Eye,” host Greg Gutfeld and guests discussed a Saudi diplomat asking for political asylum in the United States as his government has discovered he is gay and also has a Jewish, female friend. The diplomat now fears for his life.

Ground Zero Mosque Imam and lover of peace, Feisal Abdul Rauf, immediately condemned the Saudi government as bigoted and warned of a violent homosexual backlash should the diplomat’s request not be granted.

Except, of course, he totally didn’t.

According to British news site, Mail Online

The diplomat, which NBC identified as Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, reportedly told U.S. federal officials that Saudi officials refused to renew his diplomatic passport and terminated his job after they discovered that he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.

‘My life is in a great danger here and if I go back to Saudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight,’ Asseri told NBC in an email message.

Asseri posted a letter on a Saudi website criticizing his country’s ‘backwardness’ as well as the role of ‘militant imams’ that have ‘defaced the tolerance of Islam,’ NBC said.

A member of a foreign government is claiming he will be murdered if he returns home, and that “militant imams” have enough control of the country to enforce these backward rules.

Meanwhile, important sociopolitical commenter, Lady Gaga, is protesting America’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays serving openly in the military. Because nothing says “accept gay people” more than a dress made out of meat.

Have people gone completely insane?

As Gutfeld astutely pointed out (and I paraphrase due to lack of DVR)

I would like our activists to stand up [for gays] in other countries. Talk about what happens there.

According to the Left, peaceful protests of a mosque are bigoted and hateful. Being against gay marriage or gays serving openly in the military is bigoted and hateful. Threatening violent Muslim backlash when it’s convenient is just fine. Kill a gay Arab? No problem. It’s just their culture.

If the mainstream media can speak out against conservative Americans with such vitriol for daring to stand peacefully for their most fundamental beliefs, why can’t they muster one whit of self-righteous anger toward countries where human rights abuses are the status quo?

Clip the clitorises of young African women? Meh. Burn a book? Death to evil Christian radicals!

The moral relativism stops. Now. If it is wrong to discriminate against gay people, then killing them is worse. If protesting a potential building is wrong, then flying planes into real ones is worse.

I would much rather live in a country where the biggest social problem is whether or not to allow gay marriage than one where I might be hung by the neck from a tree. Apparently, so would at least one Saudi diplomat, not to mention countless Muslim immigrants and refugees who flock here to partake of our freedoms.

I hope Asseri is granted asylum, if only so we have one prominent Muslim voice willing to speak openly about the horrors committed in the name of Allah.

As “Red Eye” guest Jim Norton stated with regard to Saudi Arabia

Why is that horrible country one of our closest allies? They stink. They’re barbaric!

Of course, Norton is white and probably a conservative. Therefore, he’s obviously a racist homophobe. No matter he’s actually right.

I am one small blogger, and these posts are my peaceful, American backlash. There will be many more to come.

Chris Barnhart is a conservative social and political blogger. He can also be found frequently haunting Twitter.

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