American envoy Richard Grenell compares Iran’s ‘anti-gay brutality’ to that of the Islamic State

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell “has drawn a parallel between the brutal violence perpetrated by the Islamic State terror group and that of Iran.” Grenell (who is gay) indicated that Iran’s ongoing policy of executing its citizens for the “crime” of being gay is similar to the atrocities committed by the Islamic State. The recent hanging of a 31-year-old man for being gay in Iran, Grenell said, should serve as “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights.” But such atrocities are not happening only in the Islamic State and Iran.

It has become a common tactic of mainstream Islamic groups in West to disassociate themselves, and Islam, from the Islamic State, referencing to ISIS as an aberration of Islam, but the truth is that the Islamic State routinely backed up its actions using verses of the Quran and passages from the Hadith, as well as those tenets of Islamic law. Death for apostasy, death for homosexual activity, death for blaspheming Islam and a range of barbaric practices are routine in Sharia states, so they are not as much of an aberration as many in the West would have the naive populace believe.

U.S. Envoy Richard Grenell

“U.S. Envoy Richard Grenell: Iran’s Anti-Gay Brutality Similiar to that of Islamic State,” by Deborah Danan, Breitbart, February 5, 2019:

TEL AVIV – The U.S. Ambassador to Germany has drawn a parallel between the brutal violence perpetrated by the Islamic State terror group and that of Iran.

Richard Grenell, arguably the most high-profile American envoy in Europe, wrote in Germany’s largest paper, BILD, that Iran’s ongoing policy of executing its citizens for the “crime” of being gay is similar to the atrocities committed by IS.

The recent hanging of a 31-year-old man for being gay in Iran, Grenell said, should serve as “a wake-up call for anyone who supports basic human rights. Politicians, the UN, democratic governments, diplomats, and good people everywhere should speak up – and loudly,” according to remarks translated by The Jerusalem Post.

“Iran’s horrific actions are on par with the brutality and savagery regularly demonstrated by IS,” he added.

The Islamic State has been known to publicly execute gay men, including throwing them from buildings. LGBT rights organization OutRight Action International documented 90 executions of gay people by the Islamic State between 2014 and 2016.

The Jerusalem Post pointed to a 2008 British Wikileaks dispatch which found that Iran had executed “between 4,000 and 6,000 gays and lesbians” since the 1979 revolution.

In his article in BILD, Grenell noted:

This is not the first time the Iranian regime has put a gay man to death with the usual outrageous claims of prostitution, kidnapping, or even pedophilia. And it sadly won’t be the last time they do it either. Barbaric public executions are all too common in a country where consensual homosexual relationships are criminalized and punishable by flogging and death. In Iran, where children as young as nine can be sentenced to death, gay teenagers are publicly hanged in order to terrify and intimidate others from coming out.

Being gay is a death sentence in eight countries and criminalized in 70 more. LGBT status or conduct means arrest, imprisonment, and violence for people who are simply dating or falling in love. Governments that are members of the United Nations have an obligation to protect, respect, and uphold the dignity and fundamental freedoms of their people….

EDITORS NOTE: This Jihad Watch column with images is republished with permission.

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