The Real Threat

I was reading this story about Kuwait and other countries in the middle east that are developing “medical tests” in order to detect if homosexuals are trying to enter their countries.  Here is a bit of the story –

Speaking to local daily paper Al Rai, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry said that whilst medical centres already conduct tests to assess the health of those entering Kuwait, they will “take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”

He did not detail exactly what procedures these screenings would involve.

Then there was this reminder that the greatest threat to gay people in the world is radical Islam and Sharia Law –

Homosexuality is illegal in 78 countries across the world and is still punishable by death in five countries, which include Iran and Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

This is one of those times when I am reminded of the United States’ obligation as the beacon of freedom for the world. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and that freedom shouldn’t end at our shores. Our foreign policy (and foreign aid) should consider how some countries treat their citizens, whether they are women, religious minorities, gays, whoever they are.

I was part of a discussion about US foreign policy and gay rights on RT last year. You can watch it here –

 

***UPDATE*** – It’s important to note that while I mention radical Islam here, no barriers to personal freedom are ok – no matter what the motivation.  There are secular brutal dictators who are just as barbaric as the Islamists, and there are religious extremists in our own country who would seek to limit the freedom of gay and lesbian Americans.  I touched on that some in the video above.

One Reply to “The Real Threat”

  1. Agree that foreign policy/aid should take in consideration those human rights abuses of the proposed recipient countries. This is a threat, as you say, a real threat. Simply being killed for being who one was created to be is unacceptable.

    While I agree, I also acknowledge that while the US of A has come a long way in its treatment of GLBT, there is still a long way to go. Equality of all citizens is still a piece up the hill, over the dale and on the next hill. The US must do better.

    We were founded in principle on the words “all men are created equal”. There was no quibbling. The phrase says, “all”. All means all. No descriptors, no subsections, no parsing, simply all.

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