Thursday, May 01, 2008

On Dead Christiasn and Gay Muslims


No. I'm not kidding.

There's no secret that all is not well in the lands of the prophet. Whether it's the military industrial complex of a manifest-destiny empire gone awry, or the jihad which began with Alexandria and continues with Paris (one way or another,) the Middle East is on the radar of more than just the insane Christian Zionists.

But I cannot find the disharmony more bizarre than in today's print-news (Philly Inquirer) color article about the "plight of gay muslims," which is the central topic of a forum intending to draw 75,000 participants for lectures, movies and...oh yes, parties.

Epicentral to this "Jihad for love" are the "coming out" on film of a wide range of islamic lesbian/bi/gay/transvestites. With such moving stories, the "16th Annual Equality Forum" feels they will strike a mighty blow for the global movement of civil rights. Top on the docket is the dire need for these "reforming" men and women to affirm "both their religion and critique religious leaders."

Strange, I think. Reform used to be a word reserved for fixing something that has changed for the worse, that is, to take something back to its foundation. Yet, of all the world religions, Islam is one of the least changed throughout its rather violent history. The "reformers" of the day are the fundamentalist fanatics who do indeed kill and persecute those caught in homosexual acts, among other things. Revolution is more at heart here, and yet still I cannot fathom it. It is like a man who marries a woman and then proceeds to have a plastic surgeon remake her entirely, while simulaneously brainwashing her to only say, "Yes," "certainly," and "that feels good."

Meanwhile, "thousands of Christians fleeing persecution in other parts of Iraq have returned since 2004" only to face a new battle - poverty, joblessness and despair in Kurdish-controlled "safety."

"The plight of these Assyrian/Chaldean Christians has been aggravated by the collapse of any central government authority in the Nineveh province, to which they officially belong, and by the actions of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), which is seeking to annex this fertile land where Christians have lived for 2,000 years because it is believed to contain rich oil resources."

As a result, "the Christian community in Iraq is on the verge of extinction."

So much for the great hero democracy, eh? Quote the old lady who once lived under Saddam, "They burned my house in Baghdad, so I have come here. I have nothing. Please help me. Please help me."

While aid money that ought to go here is generally confiscated by the Kurdish government, and even returned unspent (generally thought in order to force the Christians to flee to Syria for electricity and water, leaving the bountiful land available for annexing,) it remains difficult to point the real blame at anyone but the Iraqi (American) government.

Despite being within a short distance of a booming Kurdish metropolis, Christians are routinely refused work, or, at best, forced to ally political votes with the Kurdish Democratic Party in order to gain favors.

For nearly 2000 years, this land has been home to Christians. There are many old churches which now lie empty. And unlike personal sexual preferences, being a Christian in Iraq is not something you can hide. There is no closet to stay in.

Salted drinking water. "New" refugee shelters that are already falling apart. The unaffordable $50 a month to live in the Christian ghetto. Father Sabri al-Maqdessy, of St. Joseph's Chaldean church in Ainkawa, says to conclude, "Arabs scream about Palestinian rights, but we have nobody who talks about our rights. Without that, in 10 more years, you not see a Christian left living here."



You tell me, John Lennon. Imagine there's no heaven or hell. All you need is love. Right? So, 75,000 will dance the week away in Philly, in some senses rightly mourning the atraucities of a religion they will nonetheless celebrate, while tomorrow, the baptized die, regardless of what they have done with their privies.

Imagine all the people, Living for today

Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too

You may say that I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one...

So it would seem.

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