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Pakistan Conservatives Slam U.S. Embassy's Pride Event

Pakistan_Flag The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, last week hosted a gay pride party for its employees and the nation's LGBT community, a community that's typically shrouded in shadows.

And, not surprisingly, conservatives there are furious: the powerful and influential Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami released a statement calling the event "cultural terrorism."

"Such people [homosexuals] are the curse of society and social garbage," the group said. "They don't deserve to be Muslim or Pakistani, and the support and protection announced by the US administration for them is the worst social and cultural terrorism against Pakistan.”

Thankfully, the U.S. government appears to be sticking to their gay-support, and released their own statement: “This gathering demonstrated continued US Embassy support for human rights, including LGBT rights, in Pakistan at a time when those rights are increasingly under attack from extremist elements throughout Pakistani society.”

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  1. "Cultural terriorism", huh? I bet you don't see a kiss between Pakistani gay men or hand-holding between lesbians causing the death of innocents like those of real terrorists in this Islamic country. It appears many Muslims practice one of the truly backware religions when it comes to tolerance of others - whether they be of a different religion or sexual orientation. Kudos to the US embassy for sticking up for LGBT citizens in that country.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jul 5, 2011 8:52:02 AM


  2. Certainly in our country Concerned Wahabists with Vaginas (Concerned Women for America) fulfills a similar role to Jamaat-e-Islami.

    Posted by: Skye Winspur | Jul 5, 2011 9:01:25 AM


  3. This post just reminded me to count my blessings! Hugs & kisses all round to the wonderful people at the US Embassy in Islamabad.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 5, 2011 10:13:23 AM


  4. OOOHHHH NNNOOOOO! Watcha gonna do about it. Who gives a F*** what these medieval terrorist sympathising people think?

    Posted by: Tonez | Jul 5, 2011 10:44:37 AM


  5. You know, it really is not smart for this country to try to force its culture on other countries. You rub their noses in it and you only create resentment, which is precisely what has caused the US to be so hated and despised in much of the world, even by people who agree sometimes with its policies. This is a consequence of it having become incredibly arrogant during its brief period of being the world's only superpower--and misusing that power in such a way that the world has lost respect for it.

    And now that its power is on the wane, it is an even more misguided and dangerous attitude.

    Change occurred in this country by winning people over with rational arguments, not by having ideas forced down their throats by a foreign country.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 5, 2011 11:47:56 AM


  6. Errr Rick I think that the misuse of power was in raping other countries of their assets whilst leaving the local populations in a state of poverty. On the bright side the US has always for me as a limey stood for the more progressive and enlightened values of freedom and equality for all with a healthy dose of tolerance to boot. Something that sadly has been eroded in recent years, but with stands taken like the one by the US embassy in Islamabad there is a glimmer of hope that the US is back on the right track.

    Posted by: Matt | Jul 5, 2011 3:03:28 PM


  7. So was the event INSIDE the US Embassy? Did they force people to attend or was it voluntarily? I dont see how something held at the US Embassy would be forcing things on the people in the other country. Does the US Embassy celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th? Did we force these things on the Pakistanis too? Does the Pakistani Embassy in DC celebrate Ramadan or any other Pakistani holidays? Are they forcing their culture on the US by doing this? Sounds like a group needing some headlines to keep them relevant and this is what they chose to latch on to.

    Posted by: Uflyguy | Jul 5, 2011 4:25:27 PM


  8. the gayz party are nothing rather than the promotion of sex and destruction of society. if u have study the history, u might know what happened with the Hazrat Luut (A.S) nations.
    Allah caught them ........
    its remains are present today...you can better take a watch of them....
    that homo sexuality is an against the nature, so don't try to call again that kind of destruction .....
    Come back to the Right path ...
    May Allah almighty helps us and give us power to stop that kind of rubbish.

    Posted by: Tahir | Jul 6, 2011 10:02:55 AM


  9. "the gayz party are nothing rather than the promotion of sex and destruction of society."

    TAHIR,

    homosexuality existed among your people long before Islam arrived. What you better worry about are Islamic extremists taking away your right to voice your opinion, or taking away your daughter's right to an education.

    (proud of me, Rick?)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 6, 2011 10:17:05 AM


  10. Say, just a minnit! What on earth is a Qur'an thumping heterosexualite doing trawling a gay blog? So, Tahir means 'pure' in Arabic. Ha! Pure bigotry, if you ask me. Habibi, I 'm not sure you would know 'the right path' if it got up & socked you in your vitriol spewing mouth. Whatever makes you think your misguided & uninformed opinion is welcome here?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jul 6, 2011 1:47:23 PM


  11. With a few vocab changes, this could have come from any christofascist in the US.

    Posted by: Here4Years | Jul 8, 2011 9:39:46 AM


  12. We are not going to learn anything. We are still living in our confused ideals and instead of understanding the international realities and our position, we are trying to pull out some very dangerous tricks out of our hands. In their quest of ratings and their ambition of leading the nation, the private media channels of Pakistan are trying to put the Pakistanis against the foreigners within the country. An angry mob stormed the US embassy in the Syrian capital on Monday, after Washington’s ambassador visited the flashpoint city of Hama, a hub for protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. A Syrian television channel had “encouraged this violent demonstration,” which followed protests at the embassy on Friday and Saturday calling for the ambassador’s resignation, according to the media news. And now many channels in Pakistan are showing those images and discussing that matter and relating it to the happenings in Pakistan and making nexus of unrest in Syria with the disturbance in the Pakistan. It is unfortunate that armchair strategists, analysts and anchors are crying hoarse over the issue and trying to “wake up” Pakistanis.
    Now that is very dangerous and very alarming and media is using the Pakistanis as sitting ducks. This is the time that Pakistani nation should not listen to the rhetoric, emotional slogans, exotic images, idealism because that will only make them victims of the great game. I am not saying to become slave of America, but America or whoever, why should we pick fight with them?

    Posted by: Mujahid Iqbal | Jul 14, 2011 9:51:57 AM


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