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Egypt: Police arrest 14 men in Cairo for ‘homosexual acts’ at medical centre

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  1. “Activists and LGBT citizens also fear that the new government, lead by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party”

    It was my belief that this party had been removed from power?

  2. Surely you know that there was a bloody coup in Egypt and that the Muslim Brotherhood government has been removed from power? Sloppy journalism again.

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 13 Oct 2013, 4:57pm

      Yes true, JohnM ! PinkNews should be more precise.

    2. pink news – new look, more adverts – same old junior school journalism.

  3. David Cade 13 Oct 2013, 2:42pm

    This news is a reminder of how fortunate we are in the UK. These guys in Egypt have been arrested, but 1000s and 1000s of gay and lesbian Egyptians live in fear in Egypt on a daily basis.

  4. PINK NEWS – you really need to stop regurgitating stuff without proof reading it and you need to check it for up to date factual content. — Such as part of the report below:

    “Activists and LGBT citizens also fear that the new government, lead by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, may soon change the lack of anti-gay laws and crack down on LGBT Egyptians.”

    Any one who has been alive and in general contact with news reports would know that Egypt has had a military takeover of government, since the elections after Mubarak.
    This sort of reporting does not create confidence in factual reporting. Must do a LOT better!!

  5. Oh dear. Another step into the backward past thanks to religion. Just imagine how much more advanced and peaceful the world would be had it not been for the divisive and destructive force of organised religion. Why are ‘believers’ so lacking in the ability to challenge the nonsense they are fed? Deeply depressing.

  6. Oh dear, are the writers at PN so out of step with mainstream news that they failed to notice that the Military in Egypt have removed the Muslim Brotherhood from power, and are currently working on eradicating the extremist group from public life?

    It might be true that there are elements of religious fundamentalism remaining throughout the Egyptian government and Judiciary system, but Egypt is no longer recognized as being controlled by any religious faction, at least not on paper.

    This is, unfortunately, a teething problem of the new Egypt, and there will be instances like this for years to come. People cannot expect there to be LGBT rights in a country going through massive political and religious turmoil like this.

    I fully expect that this is probably an excuse to round up a group that a faction in a local or national government body wanted to control. They could be Brotherhood members having a meeting, or a protest group being arrested by Brotherhood supporters in the police.

    1. Hope you’re right ….

  7. GingerlyColors 13 Oct 2013, 8:37pm

    I always said that the Arab Spring would mean LGBT people, women and non-Muslims will end up out of the frying pan and into the fire. With the current political instability in Egypt and with different factions fighting for power LGBT people in particular will end up being the meat in the sandwich.

    1. It’s a sad fact that when countries end up in turmoil like this is sets things back decades.

      LGBT rights in Egypt have always been an extremely marginal issue, but with all that’s going on there this will increasingly become so.

      Unfortunately, there is no clear end in sight either. There are still plenty of factions in the military, police, judiciary and government, all vying for power and hoping that they will be the ones to come out on top.

      What they (and indeed everyone) need is a party making a simple statement of secularism, equality for all, and a focus on rebuilding a stable nation.

      It’s not hard to build a government based on these simple principles. The problems arise when politicians start to play on the prejudices of small-minded idiots in the country who are so hung up on their religious and moralistic BS they refuse to vote for someone who wants equality for everyone.

  8. George Broadhead 14 Oct 2013, 3:02pm

    This report omits to mention the infamous arrest of Egyptian gays in 2001: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/1493041.stm

  9. Thanks PN for reporting this . I would not otherwise have known about. And, frankly nor would i have suspected it! Egypt is a reloigous country and this incident just shows why religious peoples should not be given the vote. Even JJ rousseau made a distinction between active and passive citizens. And; religous people clearly fit into the passive catagory. If they are good Muslims then then they should address their complaints to Allah, the beneificient and Meriful by prayer and purification. That way they will obtain the best results. This political Islam is non-sense! Politically Islam ended with the conquest of the Magheb and the public institution of prayers and Zakat. That is the religon of Allah! Anything else is idolatry! Personally I believe this continued persecution of gay people will ensure the continued chaos and penury of that country, until the government is completely destroyed. Happilly once this happens, it will no longer be able top persecute gays or anyone else!

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