I don’t agree with Dr. Ben Carson.
The photographs released by ISIS in its stronghold of Raqqa are dated March 2015. The first ones show a large crowd, mostly men, but also among them a handful of women and children, all looking up.
Three men on top of a building, faces covered in black balaclavas, stand on either side of their victim, while a fourth seems to be taking a photo or video.
Their victim is thrown off the building. In the last photograph, he is seen face down, surrounded by a small crowd of men, most carrying weapons, some with rocks in their hands. The caption reads “stoned to death.”
The victim brutally killed because he was accused of being gay.
There are at least half a dozen documented cases of men being similarly killed by ISIS. What’s even more sickening for Nour, a gay Syrian man, is the onlookers’ reaction.
“It’s too much to watch, and people are just standing there in these images and watching, and they are not doing anything, and their facial expressions are really scary because they are not even scared of what is going on,” says Nour, who’s also an LGBT rights activist. “They might be a little bit excited or maybe happy to get rid of homosexuals in the city.”
ISIS throws its gays off rooftops to their deaths. We force pious pastry chefs to bake their wedding cakes and faithful florists to provide the flowers. If a wedding singer with strong religious leanings balked at singing “You Light Up My Life” at a gay nuptials, we’d more likely throw him off the roof than the happy couple.
Our values are better than theirs, but if you take the case of the singer, are they really values at all? Nice voice you got there…shame if something…you know…happened to it.
PS: Carson at least had the decency to apologize:
“I do not pretend to know how every individual came to their sexual orientation. I regret that my words to express that concept were hurtful and divisive. For that I apologize unreservedly to all that were offended,” he added.
ISIS, too, is sorry—that it had only one queer to toss. They’ll move on to metrosexuals next.