Egyptian minister: ‘Zionists’ undermine stability by financing homosexuality

Aaron Day November 3, 2014
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Egypt’s Minister of Religious Endowments has claimed that colonial Zionism is fragmenting society by financing homosexuality.

The Times of Israel reports Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa made the statements about “Zionist forces” on Al-Hayat TV last month, which were then translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

He said “there are two reasons” for the spread of atheism in Egypt.

“One reason is the hijacking of religious discourse by the extremists and terrorists.

“The other reason is the colonialist Zionist force which sponsors and supports atheists and atheism and finances homosexuals and homosexuality.”

He added: “They want to undermine the stability of our region any way they can – by means of terrorism, of atheism, of nihilism and of deviance.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt, and it is feared that the police are cracking down on the gay community after a surge in raids and arrests earlier this year.

Eight men were jailed for three years last month over a video which purportedly showed a mock same-sex wedding.

More: Anti-gay, anti-gay law, Homophobia, homophobic, Israel, LGBT, LGBT rights, zionism

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