Iraqi cleric blames same-sex marriage for the global coronavirus crisis, missing a glaringly obvious point
An Iraqi cleric has blamed the global coronavirus pandemic on the legalisation of same-sex marriage, missing a very obvious point.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but discrimination is widespread and LGBT+ people are frequently victims of vigilante justice and honour killings.
According to Al Arabiya, Iraqi Shia political leader Muqtada al-Sadr, who is leader of the Sadrist Movement and the Saraya al-Salam militia, made the comments on Twitter on Saturday, March 28.
He wrote: “One of the most appalling things that have caused this epidemic is the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
“Hence, I call on all governments to repeal this law immediately and without any hesitation.”
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But the glaringly obvious point missed by the Iraqi cleric was that the country, where there have been 506 confirmed cases and 42 deaths from coronavirus, has not legalised same-sex marriage.
Al-Sadr’s followers were recently criticised after hundreds gathered in a mosque, chanting “coronavirus has terrified you”, despite the nationwide lockdown announced last week in Iraq.
Blaming the coronavirus pandemic on LGBT+ people and same-sex marriage has become something of a trend among religious leaders around the world.
Earlier this month, a US evangelical preacher declared that the spread of COVID-19 was God’s response to the legalisation of the “abomination” of equal marriage and abortion.
Perry Stone said: “So why is there a reckoning? I’m gonna explain it in these simple terms. There’s a reckoning because the courts of the land passed a law to take an infant’s life… and for marriage, that we have known it, to be changed into something we’ve never known.”
An ultra-Orthodox rabbi from Israel also claimed that that the outbreak of coronavirus is happening because of Pride parades.
In a bizarre rant at the Kiseh Rahamim yeshiva in Bnei Brak, Rabbi Meir Mazuza said a Pride parade is “a parade against nature”, and added: “When someone goes against nature, the one who created nature takes revenge on him.”