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