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Newsweek Places U.S. 13th on List of ’12 Most Homophobic Nations’

February 27th, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Today, in the soon-to-be-Arab-Springed kingdom of Jordan, ten gay men and women were arrested for being gay in the same room. While Jordan does not have any laws on the books regarding homosexuality, the government does give leeway to local administrators to … kinda do whatever they wish with gays. For example, it appears gays could be placed underneath the prison indefinitely. Call it Jordan’s Elastic Clause“:

 “The administrative governor of the Marka area, Adnan Qatarneh, ordered the arrest of the 10 gays and lesbians after they held a reception at a party hall on Wednesday to get to know each other,” he told AFP.

“The arrests were made to prevent a disturbance of the peace,” he added, without elaborating.

Homosexuality is not illegal in the conservative desert kingdom, although it is widely seen to be unacceptable.

“There are no laws in Jordan to deal with homosexuality cases,” another security official said. ”It is up to administrative governors to decide how to handle such issues, including any period of detention.”

Despite Jordan being a brutal, lawless administration in terms of homosexuality, Jordan is not considered a particularly dangerous locale for gays, and does not draw much international attention or condemnation for this behavior. And frankly it shouldn’t, according to the strategy of targeting the worst offenders first.

Nevertheless, Newsweek writer Max Strasser — chasing traffic with a poorly researched, unscientific list post — saw fit to include the United States ahead of Jordan among his “Top Twelve Most Homophobic Nations.”

Strasser, presumably suspecting that even Newsweek wouldn’t allow him to place the U.S. in his top 12, essentially placed the United States at number 13, the lone member of a category skin-crawlingly titled “Bubbling Under.” According to him, the United States is not an official Nation of Most Concern, but any day now a gathering of ten Louisiana gays might get rounded up and left to the whims of a Louisiana mayor, and this fate is objectively worse than being left to the whims of a Sunni Islamist.

However, the Times of Israel article reporting on the Jordanian arrest mentions — Strasser should probably take a look-see — that his dangerously homophobic United States has in fact issued a human rights report concerned about Jordan’s treatment of gays, a homophobic movement ominously raising even our bubbles.

Here’s Strasser’s list:

1. Nigeria

2. Uganda

3. Zimbabwe

4. Saudi Arabia

5. India

6. Honduras

7. Jamaica

8. Senegal

9. Afghanistan

10. Iran

11. Lithuania

12. Sudan

“Bubbling Under”: United States

Strasser’s actual criteria for the list aren’t specified, a shame because a list of the countries statistically most dangerous to gay residents or travelers would be a valuable piece of journalism. I can only assume, but Strasser’s criteria — considering his exclusion of Jordan and most of the other nations of Earth, present and past, in favor of the United States for his cop-out number 13 — likely consisted of “Strasser’s feelings” and “Strasser’s agenda.” Why else would he compile this useless, unscientific list if not for the purpose of smearing the United States with it? 

If Strasser truly cared about the safety and security of gays worldwide, he would have compiled a legitimate report that would be of some use to them. This list is about Strasser’s ego and Newsweek‘s traffic. Nothing else.

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@ MT Geoff

"see the distinction between being homosexual and homosexual activity as a distinction without a difference."

I very much doubt that, as "homosexual identity" is a postmodern invention expressly designed to make "homosexuality" into an unchosen "identity" rather than a freely chosen activity, so that disapproval of homosexuality becomes "bigoted" disapproval of identity rather than a reasonable disapproval of dangerous activity. You postmoderns haven't had sufficient impact in a country like Saudi Arabia for anti-sodomy laws to be anything but anti-sodomy laws. A person congregating with active homosexuals or promoting homosexuality might mistakenly be charged, but the charge would be for sodomy.

That these countries execute people for homosexual activity reflects the difference between Islamic societies and Christian societies, where "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" is an ingrained part of the Christian way of life.
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This Newsweek writer Strasser must be full of endless, heaping piles of steaming s**t. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. At any given time I see gay men and women holding hands and nuzzling in public. Virtually every public high school has a LGBT club, and after the sun goes down, if you would care to see a man walking around San Francisco with a feather duster shoved up his behind, it wouldn't be difficult to find him. For every Hicktown preacher thundering against homosexuality, there are throngs of gays calling blue-haired old church ladies "filthy, dirty bigots" to their faces in towns and cities across this country. This Max Strasser, this idiotic thing employed by Newsweek should be fired for baldfaced lying and absolute stupidity.
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The LGBT clubs exist to curse children with homosexual "identity" at as early an age as possible. Only insane parents want such things in their schools.
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Does Newsweek employ editors anymore?. Oh, I forgot, of course there are multiple layers of fact checking. Plus, I can sleep well knowing the suppositions of this study were so rigorously tested.
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there's a lot more between #12 and where the US is on the list.
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What a clown. His sorry screed is an insult to all the people who live in places where homosexuality really is persecuted. The modern US is about as good as it gets. Pretending otherwise is laughable.
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Ironic, because it surely is number ONE in promoting the homosexual agenda with media coverage ad nauseam and militant forced approval, not just acceptance.
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Your pic is a lot hotter than Fail Burton's.
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I forgot to hit the reply button. I couldn't help it.
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The leftist propaganda machine churns relentlessly on. We are a nation that is very tolerant of homosexuality and lesbianism. What is at issue is same sex marriage. Being against same sex marriage does not make one a homophobe. Simply rational. Marriage was not designed with homosexuals in mind.
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Your pic is a lot hotter than Fail Burton's.
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No it's not.
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I'm getting out of here before they pass the Mandatory Gay Act of 2014.
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OMG...Newsweek is racist!
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