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Saudi Arabia Objects to Creation of .Gay Internet Domain on Moral Grounds

Saudi Arabia is objecting to proposed new internet domains .gay, .bar, .baby and .islam, CNN reports:

DotgayThe country claims the .gay domain would promote homosexuality and would be offensive to "many societies and cultures." Saudi Arabia's Communication and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed objections to 31 domain extensions, primarily on cultural and religious grounds.

The suffixes are some of the 1,930 top-level domain names currently being considered by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization in charge of managing Internet naming standards. If approved, the dot-extensions would be available for new URLs, joining familiar extensions .com and .org, and country extensions such as .uk...

..."Many societies and cultures consider homosexuality to be contrary to their culture, morality or religion," says the CITC, which regulates information technology in Saudi Arabia. The objections filed by Saudi Arabia highlight the cultural issues at play for many of the more controversial domains, including anything having to do with sex, gambling, drinking and religion.

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  1. .women probably offended them too

    .oil they loved

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 15, 2012 7:29:03 AM


  2. Dont like it, dont use it, seems obvious to me, but then that's the problem with these religious types, they are control freaks and cant stand the idea that others aren't like them.

    I dont really see the problem, just block all .gay sites! Im sure they will anyway.

    Posted by: Rovex | Aug 15, 2012 7:38:52 AM


  3. Who cares what they think, we really need to quit our dependence on oil so we don't even need to listen to these camel jockeys in the sand.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Aug 15, 2012 7:46:13 AM


  4. The Saudis probably love .religious fascists or .thugs. They're a vile group of people chained to the past and the dogma of fundamentalist screed.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 15, 2012 7:53:53 AM


  5. It funny as KSA, because of the strict segregation of the sexes, is the gayest country in the Arab world

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 15, 2012 8:12:57 AM


  6. Well boo hoo....I object to them myself but I am not going to try and deny their freedoms or tehir lack of freedoms as they choose.

    Posted by: saunamies | Aug 15, 2012 8:20:35 AM


  7. Ha ha ha......and we should be interested in their medieval dumb hangups ?

    Dear Sauds of Saudi Arabia move over and let democracy take you into the eighteenth century; obviously the twenty first century would be too much of a shock.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 15, 2012 8:34:00 AM


  8. They would probably approve of .beheading.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Aug 15, 2012 8:36:14 AM


  9. @ROVEX -- I agree the religious are control freaks, but it's worse than that. Under this Wahhibist interpretation of Islam, if you do something that "offends" my religion, that i grounds for me to kill you!!!

    These same Islamic Republics have been pushing for years now in the UN to make "blasphemy" a crime -- which should be very very frightening, not only to us queer people, but for women who like to work and drive, girls who like to play sports, and basically all rational people.

    I suggest the domain suffix .rbs for "religious B.S." -- that way we can easily identify the sites to avoid -- many US Christianists could use it too!

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 15, 2012 8:39:08 AM


  10. Publicly, they object. Privately, they undoubtedly see how much easier it will be to block sites with these "objectionable" domains. Or track Saudi's who use them or access sites that use them.

    Posted by: james | Aug 15, 2012 8:55:52 AM


  11. News Flash from any time after the 7th Century: The world doesn't revolve around Mecca. Seriously, it doesn't. Really.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Aug 15, 2012 10:03:47 AM


  12. On moral grounds? Arabia? Oh I can't stop laughing. How gruesomely hypocritical.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 15, 2012 11:32:11 AM


  13. Ironic, I object to it to.

    Because it makes it very, very simple for any country, like Saudi Arabia, to simply block that entire domain.

    Go figure.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 15, 2012 11:54:18 AM


  14. There should never have been restrictions on TLD's to begin with. The real scam was ICANN profiting off the limited number of good domain names. The Internet was born with three nearly fatal flaws that are now biting us badly: lack of default end-to-end encryption, only 4 billion IP addresses and only 2 widely available TLD's. Each of these is only being partially addressed. Govts. seem to not know what is in their best interest either by blocking reforms in each of these areas.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 15, 2012 1:23:00 PM


  15. Rotflmao...read the Kingdom in the Closet...http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2007/05/the-kingdom-in-the-closet/5774/

    Posted by: Todd | Aug 15, 2012 3:09:21 PM


  16. like many social conservatives these days, it doesn't bother them that *they* might be exposed to "the gay." it bothers them that *ANYONE* might learn more about LGBT people.

    That said, .gay is probably going to be a huge flop, so whatevs.

    Posted by: JDB | Aug 15, 2012 3:30:09 PM


  17. Saudi Arabia is objecting to the creation of domains connected to religion? So is Saudi Arabia against the creation of the domain ".islam"?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Aug 16, 2012 6:01:31 AM


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