When it comes to freedom of religion, America and Americans are pretty understanding. Our ancestors, even before our nation existed, came to The New World to escape religious persecution and other assorted forms of oppression.
But, there is a line to be drawn here. Religions are beliefs, after all, and we can’t allow the more sinister among us to hide their hate within some radical interpretation of their supposed religion.
Unfortunately, this is a line that seemed to need to be redrawn every so often.
The former US ambassador to Germany and high-profile member of the Trump administration on Friday urged all American agencies and officials to condemn a Muslim Brotherhood member for declaring that homosexuals should be murdered.
Richard Grenell tweeted that “Every US government agency and official must speak clearly that this is unacceptable.”
The statement in question was downright diabolical.
Egyptian TV host Hala Samir said on June 16 in a monologue on her show on Watan TV (Turkey-based Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood) that “Ibn Abbas quoted the Prophet Muhammad as saying: ‘If you find men engaged in a homosexual act – kill the active one as well as the passive one.’ Don’t start asking: ‘Are you active or passive?’ Just kill both.”
Grenell also had beef with Twitter regarding the incident.
Grenell was the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet when he served as acting director of national intelligence. After he posted his tweet, he wrote that “Twitter launched an investigation of me for this tweet calling it unacceptable to kill gay people. But they allow the Muslim Brotherhood’s video calling for the death of gay people to continue. @jack.”
Grenell has also been at the forefront of a massive international campaign aimed at decriminalizing homosexuality on a global scale.
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