The word Islam was not mentioned – the joke aired on Mock The Week (Series 12 Episode 9 segment starting at 20 mins 40 seconds – available via iPlayer at moment) about the World Cup being staged in a country that criminalises homosexuality, Qatar. Indeed Mo Ansar only has a point if Islam mandates punishment (even death) to homosexuals so criticising it for that would be anti-Islamic in his eyes.
So what does happen in Qatar?
As in Russia, Qatar’s anti-homosexual laws have come under increased scrutiny as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup. Qatari law considers homosexuality a criminal offense that’s punishable by up to seven years in jail (or a life term when one of the parties is under 16 years of age).
Along with the civic penal code, Islamic Sharia law is on the books in Qatar, though it applies only to Muslims. It dictates death for homosexual acts committed by married persons and flogging for homosexual acts committed by unmarried individuals. [National Geographic]
I wonder if Mo was also quick to rebuke Fifa boss Blatter’s joke about football fans going to Qatar “I’d say they [gay fans] should refrain from any sexual activities.” John Amaechi was.
Former basketball star John Amaechi is one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes, having come out in 2007.He was highly critical of Blatter’s comments, telling BBC Radio 5 live: “It’s absurd.“It’s not about people having sex in public and being sanctioned for it, it’s the fact that Qatar was one of 79 countries to sanction executing gays at the United Nations [where a vote in November removed sexual orientation from a UN resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions]. [BBC News 2010]
Mo’s effort in no more than 140 characters years later in 2013:
You may recall the then Crown Prince Tameem Bin Hamad Al-Thani was accused of homosexuality, to which Muslim scholar and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Dr al-Qaradawi said he should be stoned to death. Whether in a football stadium was not mentioned (Source 2005). On being crowned little wonder shortly after Dr al-Qaradawi had his citizenship revoked, in public a response to events in Egypt.
Jokes do not have to be literally true to be damning, and spot on. That the Qatar government is in favour of executing homosexuals – the venue or method of execution is besides the point to anyone but a professional victim card player like Mo Ansar.
Thanks Dara for highlighting – I was angry too when someone used on me #jewhater (the banned from the UK Robert Spencer who also accused me of being a “jihad enabler”). It is a hurtful slur but remember. These people crave attention and a spotlight.
Kenyan Mall Massacre
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said 39 people had been killed, including some of his family, and 150 were injured.
Al-Shabab said the attack was in response to Kenyan troops in Somalia.President Uhuru Kenyatta: “We shall hunt down the perpetrators”There are about 4,000 Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia, where they have been fighting the militants since 2011.
The problem with Mo Ansar is he is deadly serious about diverting attention to what is happening in the name of Islam. For example regarding the horrific massacre in Nairobi he also mentioned an unrelated appalling incident in DC:
Maybe if I mention reports that the the terrorists asked who were Muslims, double checking if they knew the mother of the prophet, this is an islamophobic comment on an appalling mass murder? After all when Tony Blair remarked “there is a problem within Islam” Mo cried islamophobia then too. Maybe we should just ignore that and concentrate on the lessons of one nation (Kenya) being involved in another country (Somalia). As some wanted us to do on British foreign policy following the Lee Rigby murder, rather than the radicalization of young men to extremist Islam.
After all Mo reminds us other people were killed in the Washington Navy Yard by a non Muslim.
So forget why a nation state (let alone over seventy of them) wants homosexuals executed, why terrorists find reason in giving death and destruction to other people. Mo wants you to focus that Islam has no problems. To do otherwise be prepared to be accused of islamophobia.
However, whether you are a Muslim or not, you may feel the same outrage that people call on God to justify their acts of inhumanity on others. You may also have a sense of justice that to criticise is not to breach the religious freedom of others. People are being imprisoned and killed in the name of political Islam; highlighting this may offend some. We can challenge Islamism without making Muslims scapegoats.
Hurt feelings are nothing to the suffering of others – how dare anyone compare their hurt sensibilities to those oppressed or slain or try to deflect what happens in a theocratic state.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog