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Syrian paper claims gays are ‘infesting society’ through uprising

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  1. Lynda Yilmaz 9 Mar 2012, 3:40pm

    Well, what do you expect from yet another country ruled by religion! If it weren’t so tragic it would be funny.

    1. Singapore Sam 9 Mar 2012, 7:07pm

      I think it’s Stalinist.

  2. As I sit here reading this with my limp wrist and crossed legs, I realise that I really am lucky to live in a country that has moved on from the cave dwelling dark ages ruled by religious dogma and propaganda.

  3. Keith Farrell 9 Mar 2012, 5:31pm

    This is so funny, gay people being almost decrtibed as a infection, and takeing over the country, was this story writern by an educated person. I afaird this mentallaty is found in many homophobic persons and the only cure for them is great sex with a person of the same sex, hehehehehe

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 9 Mar 2012, 6:16pm

    Oh, don’t worry, the religious nutters will make hay out of this one when the marriage equality consultation begins….homosexuals infesting the political parties to make same-sex marriage legal.

  5. Islam at it again.

    1. The same attitudes in many Christian countries as well, Russia, for example, or Serbia. Not to mention Uganda. You can’t say it’s religion only when its an Islamic country. I lived in a non-religious secular communist country. Homophobia was as atrong as anywhere else. Remember, religions were invented in order to justify prejudices of the people in power in order to keep them in power.

      1. I don’t say its religion only when its islam. I say its christianity when its christianity. And islam when its islam. In this case its islam. So what’s your point?

  6. A perfectly times example of how corrupt and repressive regimes cynically attempt to distract from their evil.

  7. You know what, I’m so sick to death of the human race. Bring on the asteroid. We don’t deserve to live on this planet.

    1. It isn’t that bad. Well, not everywhere. I’m just glad I don’t live in Syria.

  8. Gay Middle East 9 Mar 2012, 10:25pm

    Remember, Radwan is a gay man writing from Damascus, Syria about a popular Syrian PRIVATE daily paper which seems to be trying to tarnish the revolt with linking it with a moral panic about LGBT people.

    Pretty desperate and pathetic scapegoating, and thank goodness we have brave Syrians to challenge it.

    I’d like to remind some commentators that scapegoating on gays and lesbians was not something completely unheard in the UK, just open the Daily Mail and the Sun and until very recently (and even still today) they come up with homophobic conspiracy theories of the end of the world etc…

    So lets just step back and appreciate the brave effort of Radwan to help combat homophobia and stop some wild islamophobic and racist comments, instead, just have appreciating and solidarity with Radwan and LGBT communities in Syria.

    1. Radwan Bassam 9 Mar 2012, 10:36pm

      Thank you my friend! Like you said, it is not the problem of Islam only.. Not even of religions in general.. Ignorance and homophobia are still widespread in some ex-soviet countries, such as Belarus or Ukraine…

      It is frankly ironic that a supporter of the “secular” Syrian regime who claims to be fighting Salafists and extremists would publish this homophobic article… It really goes to show that ignorance is not limited to a specific religion or ideology…

      We should raise awareness while being careful not to offend people’s beliefs.. That’s the only way to reach our goals in my opinion…

      1. friday jones 10 Mar 2012, 12:20am

        Best wishes for speedy victory in your struggle for freedom and equality. Know that the world is watching, and people everywhere care about your people and wish them well.

  9. Errol Semple 9 Mar 2012, 11:56pm

    Syria can go to hell. Looks like they are doing a pretty good job of it without our help.

    1. Dr Robin Guthrie 10 Mar 2012, 2:08am

      Simply pop over to and search for Syria.

      Be warned. It is very horrific and graphic what this regime is doing to it’s own people.

      Men carrying what is left of their children after the army has cut them in half with gunfire.

      And all because ASSad refuses to relinquish power.

  10. GingerlyColors 10 Mar 2012, 3:06pm

    Syria, under President Assad criminalises homosexuality but the law had rarely been enforced. Assad’s regime is a secularist one and things like gambling, prostitution and even homosexuality have been tolerated. Syria although an Arab country is more alaigned with Iran. President Assad is an Alawite Muslim, a branch of Shia Islam. Shias maqke up almost 90% of Iranians but 12% of Syrians. Most Syrians are Sunni Muslims, like most Arabs. Some 1 in 10 are Christians and the Druze make up most of the remainder. I, like any other decent person do not condone Assad’s brutal suppression of his people but I fear that attitudes towards homosexuality will harden in a post-Assad Syria as Islamists will have a say in a future government.

  11. Mad infantile rubbish with crap evidence to support it.
    Bit like Britain in the 50s!

  12. Staircase2 11 Mar 2012, 9:32pm

    …the bloody idiots!

  13. What a load of rubbish once again religion with blinkers on who would want to live in a country that suppresses its people anyway, the people that run that paper are wankers with a capital W.

  14. assad is murdering his people, he blames all his people and now the gays , watch you ASS ASSad

  15. Blaming the gays? Sure sign of desperation. The gay card is still played all over the world, including the West, to scare the ignorant into support of one faction or another. American elections, Russian elections, Malaysia, Turkey, Africa! The list goes on.

    If only homosexuality could infest Syria and become a full blown epidemic, taking over the government, then peace and prosperity will return and the only in-fighting left will be over what to wear and that dreadful clash of the carpets with the drapes.

    Alas, it’s an uphill struggle. And as more countries embrace diversity, others become more hostile in their desperation.

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