Reader Raymond passes along this disturbing story from Iraq:
There is growing evidence that Shia militias have been killing men suspected of being gay and children who have been sold to criminal gangs to be sexually abused. The threat has led to a rapid increase in the numbers of Iraqi homosexuals now seeking asylum in the UK because it has become impossible for them to live safely in their own country….
Homosexuality is seen as so immoral that it qualifies as an 'honour killing' to murder someone who is gay—and the perpetrator can escape punishment. Section 111 of Iraq's penal code lays out protections for murder when people are acting against Islam.
Whole August 6 UK Guardian story here.