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Iraqi Ayatollah sparks outrage after decreeing death to gays

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  1. Sistani is the most peaceful leader in the middle east. He has stopped civil war for so long. Why are you targeting Ayatollah Sistani? read what Rabbis Popes say on this issue. The first known use of the term sodomy used in a more general sense to mean “crimes against nature” is found in the writings of Jewish historian Josephus (circa A.D. 96) as he summarizes the Genesis narrative: “About this time the Sodomites grew proud, on account of their riches and great wealth; they became unjust towards men, and impious towards God, in so much that they did not call to mind the advantages they received from him: they hated strangers, and abused themselves with Sodomitical practices” (Antiquities 1.11.1). The final element of his assessment goes beyond the Biblical data, even in the New Testament. Despite the inaccuracy, this meaning is the primary one used today.

  2. You guys need to wake up. Sistani has not advocated murderous homophobic incitement through his website (how did that rumour get started?). Go check for yourselves, there’s an english version of the site. In fact, he doesn’t address homosexuality, although I’m sure it would be forbidden. However, Sistani would never call for anyone to be killed in the “worst, severe way.” That’s absurd. Furthermore, the claim that Sistani leads SCIRI is bizarrely misinformed. None of this is to say homosexuals are not being persecuted within Iraq today, they might be. But given the woeful inaccuracy of much of the information given in the article by Mr. Hilli, that might be suspect as well. If you wish to win your rights from those who hate you, you need to be able to properly identify who’s truly getting in your way. Clue: it ain’t Sistani.

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