Friday, December 22, 2006
MARCH TO MECCA
|Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, aged 14 and 16 at the time of their "offences," prepare themselves for Islamic Revolutionary justice, July 19, 2005. This week, Time magazine dubbed President Ahmadinejad "Champion of the Dispossessed."|
from the Huff 'n Puff Post this week comes the wonderful news that an incredible array of A-list super-celebs from Hollywoodland, as well as top human rights organisations will be sponsoring a courageous March to Mecca on Valentine's Day 2007. All the world's progressive LGBT communities are invited to participate in support of our Muslim LGBT brothers and sisters! Rosie's already ordered her burqa (custom made at Jones Tent and Awning) and Bono's brushing up on his Suras for the big event.
Arianna's top writer at Huff 'n Puff (the commenters just love him!), Greg Gutfeld has more inside info:
The march, a brainchild of activists and celebrities who acknowledge that more gays are dying from Islamic fundamentalism than from the policies of George W. Bush, will begin 12 noon sharp in Jeddah, the stunning night-life friendly Saudi Arabian city located on the coast of the Red Sea.Huff 'n Puff contributor Gene Stone, remarking on the situation for gays and lesbians in the Muslim world, was also showing an introspective side. "Almost half of all Muslim countries outlaw gay relations, and more than 70 countries ban all homosexuality, sometimes making it punishable by death. And here I am, blogging about how bad Renew America is. LOL." There was no clarification as to whether he actually said, "LOL," or spelled it out in his comment.
"Not marching in these countries, in this era of terror, seems cowardly," says event co-organizer Sharon Stone. "I'm embarrassed to say at social gatherings I even blamed the United States for everything. But I realized it's the radical Muslims - not the US - who want gays dead, and for that I am truly sorry."
The well-known progressivist Harry Shearer, also a Huff 'n Puff contributor, recalled the execution of two teenagers in Iran last year (pictured above) for their transgression of the revolutionary ideals of the Islamic Republic. "It makes all the hay we made over Mark Foley at the Huffington Post seem stupid. I, for one, am tired of being part of the problem," he said.
I for one welcome this startling evidence of self-examination on the part of the most progressive elements in our Western societies. I always knew that the contradictions and oxymoronic world-views of the 'blame America first, always and for everything' crowd would have to be resolved sooner or later -- if only to stave off their own spontaneous combustion in a puff of illogic. It's finally happening!
Mr. Shearer's observation sparks a suggestion from your correspondent. Since Iran uses the Persian calendar, their Valentine's Day falls three weeks after the Saudi one. How far can it be from Mecca to Tehran? Our Iranian LGBT brothers and sisters deserve our support as well. Let's go for it, and share Persian Valentine's Day with them in our second display of solidarity. After all, since the revolution at least 4,000 Iranians have been executed for expressing the "love that dare not .... anything," as they say in that country.
Under the pale, blue sky...
I'm sure Bono and Rosie and Whoopi would be happy to put just a few extra miles on those new walking shoes after the post-march Rave in Riyadh -- with a couple of days for rave recovery, of course. And the ladies will get double duty out of those brand new burqas, which, as we all know, will be going straight into the closet once they get back to Jesusland. For the memory of Mahmoud and Ayaz, and for the 3,998 other sisters and brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their love, we must do this. After the March to Mecca -- the Trek to Tehran for LGBT rights!
What's that? The Gecko has just informed me that M2M is a satire. He's pretty clever about that stuff. How could I have been such a sucker? ACT-UP, MoveOn, say it ain't so! Does this mean we aren't going to Tehran either? What about young Mahmoud and Ayaz and the 3,998 brothers and sisters? What do you mean, "no comment?"
Well, it seems that everything in this post is not actually true. Except the video. And of course, as The Gecko reminds me, non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the city of Mecca anyway. Duh.
So. Never mind, I guess.
If I don't get out of this sudden depression in the next few days: Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah (how do you spell that?), Joyous Kwanzaa, and any other non-sectarian holiday greeting of your choice.