Referring to a Human Rights Watch report, the Washington Post says:
Gay activists said militiamen loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr had target lists containing the names of men suspected of being gay. Some were killed and some were tortured, they said. Human Rights Watch said a commonly reported form of torture involved injecting super glue into men's rectums.
These militiamen are not the kind of people you want as neighbors, and I feel for these victims of this barbaric brutality.
According to The Post:
The attacks on gay men appear to have coincided with a call by religious leaders in Sadr City and other Shiite communities to curb behavior that clerics called unnatural and unhealthy.
It comes as no surprise to me to discover that religious attitudes are behind this.
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