Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sistani Removes Death Sentences for Gays

When I saw the headline of this article in the Pink News, stating that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani decided to remove his fatwa calling for killing gay people in the "worst, most severe way possible", I almost regretted my criticism of him here.

My elation was shortlived, however. Check out this quote from the article:
Initially, the office had demanded that Iraqi LGBT-UK delete their
criticisms of Mr Sistani from their website and apologise to the Grand Ayatollah
for questioning his religious authority.

Iraqi LGBT-UK refused. It issued a counter-demand that Mr Sistani remove
his 'death to gays' fatwa from his website. After two weeks negotiations, Mr
Sistani's representatives in London and Najaf agreed to drop the homophobic
fatwa from his website, except for the section calling for the punishment of

The article never really delves into this, but it can be surmised: Sistani never decided that maybe gay people shouldn't be brutally massacred as in Iraq, but only removed the print version of the fatwa in order to save face. He couldn't stand that there was accessible information which questioned his religious authority.

That is egotism at its best.

Worse still, that means that the fatwa is still technically in place, and Sistani advocates murder.

For the record: I question Sistani's authority as a religious leader.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great article! I hate the whole thing where religious people are afraid to be questioned. If their views are so strong, what's the harm in discussion?

May 18, 2006 12:01 PM  

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