The Inquisition is on Facebook

Islamism, reincarnating the medievalist witch hunt:

Sitting on the floor, wearing traditional Islamic clothes and holding an old notebook, Abu Hamizi, 22, spends at least six hours a day searching internet chatrooms linked to gay websites. He is not looking for new friends, but for victims.

“It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up,” he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed.

Hamizi, a computer science graduate, is at the cutting edge of a new wave of violence against gay men in Iraq. Made up of hardline extremists, Hamizi’s group and others like it are believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 130 gay Iraqi men since the beginning of the year alone.

The deputy leader of the group, which is based in Baghdad, explained its campaign using a stream of homophobic invective. “Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practise such sexual depraved acts,” he told the Observer. “We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God’s forgiveness before they are killed.”
The violence against Iraqi gays is a key test of the government’s ability to protect vulnerable minority groups after the Americans have gone.

More here.

We’re wrong to assume social media – and the blogosphere – is simply a force for uniting voices otherwise neglected from corporate media. It can be very much a tool of suppression.


13 Comments on “The Inquisition is on Facebook”

  1. Hmmm…. Makkah-rtism?

    In other subject, I’ll say that It was always funny for me to hear abt the Inquisition as paradigm of religious prosecution in Europe. Of course the Spanish Inquisition was maybe the first perfectly organised massive system of repression, with everything filed, measured, recorded, reaching levels of notoriety and perfectly documented, but … of course with much lesser infrastructure, same kind of pogroms, witch hunts, prosecution and execution of religious dissent, homosexuality and supposed heresy happened all over protestant Europe, and was taken to North America.

    Black Legend will always be smthg ours, I guess.

    • Mark says:

      Haha that’s entirely true. It lingers, I suppose, largely for its psychological impact: but then in a way so does this in Iraq. Perhaps even (proportionally) on a bigger scale. Hmm.

      • Also extracting from the article: “Homosexuality was not criminalised under Saddam Hussein – indeed Iraq in the 1960s and 1970s was known for its relatively liberated gay scene. Violence against gays started in the aftermath of the invasion in 2003.” … wait.. was not the invasion aimed to dismantle a network of jihadi islamst extremists?… was not to instaurate human rights?… respect for minorities?… ah, wait… it was Bush’s presidency and his army of new-borns,… geez…. didn’t notice… Soon we’ll see the same stuff happening in US, but applying the Deuteronomy instead of the Qur’an, maybe?

  2. In reply to tonosanchezreig: this is the only good use of a Twilight allusion that I have ever seen.

    • wait wait wait…. I lost smght…. twilight??? 0_o

      • “Army of newborns”….

        In Breaking Dawn, some evil vampire I can’t remember the name of gets together an army of newborn vampires to get the Cullens for a reason I can’t remember but I think it has something to do with Renesmee. So I thought that was what you were referring to, due to cultural prevalence and all, but since in seems you weren’t, I’m very sorry.

        • No need to sorry.. now it certainly looks indeed, brilliant! hahahaha ;D

          • I really don’t know why I even remembered that part of the book. I slogged through those things just so I could have some idea what everyone was talking about, and concluded that Bella is psychotic and the Cullens are using her to run drugs because if she’s caught she’ll just start talking about vampires. But I’m curious as to what you actually meant by “army of newborns.”

          • Well…. I am roman catholic. And I know what meant for US the booming of “New Born Christian” churches everywhere in the country. Even the president was one of them, as well as many of those Tea-party lobsters… I remember how many US soldiers went to war listening to “christian-punk” hits, reading ther bibles and feeling like heading for a new crusade against the infidel, for the sake of God and Homeland, as if US was the new Holy Land and the Ground Zero a new destroyed Temple of Jerusalem. I remember every time I see them on TV how they call people like me “Catholics” … as if we believed in some kinda Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, being ignorant that whatever they believe nowadays after the Reform in 16th Century comes thru the tradition from Rome and the Orthodox Church… it makes me feel how happily ignorant can people be when they look at their belly button with a satisfied smile, feeling complete with their AR-15 on a hand and a Bible in the other… I guess now this gives you a better idea of what I meant when talking abt Bush’s army of New-Borns ;)…. and yeah… they do as vampires…

          • As a lifelong US resident, I’ve never heard the term “New Born Christian” before. I have heard “born again” Christian. Is that what you meant? But I get what you mean. BTW, some of those sheeple seem pretty undead–but more like zombies than vampires.

          • Geez… ok… my spanglish tricked me…( New Born = Nuevo Nacido // Born Again= Nacido de Nuevo),…. and u r right…. I meant Born Again whatevertheyare… zombies… vampires… not my kind of faith, at least. And I’ll STFU before I say things I prefer not to :D I am sure this was not the aim of the post or Mark’s Blog anyway :D

          • No, of course not. But, while accidental, the allusion was striking and accurate. You don’t need to apologize for anything.

  3. Reblogged this on Al-Must'arib (the vocational Mossarab) and commented:
    As I commented, it’s strange how all these dictators allowed their societies to be more openminded than they ever were… I remember 1960′s pics from Iran, Afganistan, Iraq, Egypt,…. even saudi Arabia…but how could they forget that making it compulsory was not a good idea?… also I find it contradictory. In these lands is normal to find men walking holding hands, kissing on cheeks, etc…. while u can’t even shake hands with a woman. For lesser than those things, 2 guys would be considered “gayish” around here… different planets, different standards.


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