U.S. denies asylum to gay Saudi diplomat who could be executed under Sharia

Dr. Phylis Chesler hits the nail on the head: “This is further proof that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is one of self-destructive appeasement and that despite its presumed commitment to civil rights and human rights, that commitment does not extend to Muslim women, Muslim dissidents, or Muslim gays — nor does it extend to the right-of-survival of religious minorities (Christian, Jewish, Bahai, Zoroastrian) or to apostates.”

An update on this story, in which Ali Ahmad Asseri said his life was in danger, but that Islam is tolerant. Just not of him, according to Sharia. “United States denies asylum to gay Saudi diplomat,” by Benjamin Weinthal for the Jerusalem Post, November 12 (thanks to HG):

BERLIN — The United States government denied political asylum to Ali Ahmad Asseri, the former first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, last week to avoid disrupting US-Saudi relations, according to a Saudi-American blogger and journalist based in Brazil.

Asseri argued that if he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia he would face execution because the country”s radically fundamental form of Islam mandates the death penalty for same-sex relations.

The Saudi-American journalist and blogger, Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, appears to have been the first writer to report on the asylum rejection. The possible deportation of Asseri to Saudi Arabia has electrified blog observers of the case over the last few days.

The Jerusalem Post’s e-mail and telephone attempts to secure on Saturday a confirmation and comment from the US State Department’s Middle East press section were not immediately returned.

In an e-mail response to the Post on Saturday, Abou-Alsamh, the Saudi-American blogger whose personal website “Rasheed’s World” first broke the story about the denial of the asylum application, wrote, “As far as I know the US government has not yet officially commented on Asseri’s denial of asylum, but from comments that I have read after I wrote my post, it seems that political asylum cases are often denied in first instance and then approved later when the applicant appeals.”

He added: “I do think the US government is afraid of unnecessarily annoying the Saudis, especially now with all of the turmoil that the Arab world is going through because of the Arab Spring revolts.”

Abou-Alsamh, who has written for The Washington Times and other US-based publications, reported on his website that Ali al-Ahmed, a Saudi dissident in Washington, said in a phone interview that “This was a political decision by the Obama administration, who are afraid of upsetting the Saudis.”

“His initial interview with Homeland Security was very positive, but then they came back and grilled him for two days after they found out that he had worked in the public prosecutor’s office in Saudi Arabia,” Alsamh continued.

“He had been an inspector to make sure that judicial punishments, such as lashings, were carried out within the law — not more, not less. They then accused him of participating in a form of torture,” Ahmed said on Abou- Alamh’s website.

Ahmed said that Asseri intends to appeal the denial of his application and the process could meander its way through the judicial process over the next few years.

Last year, the US news organization MSNBC first reported on Asseri’s decision to remain in the United States. According to an article from the MSNBC national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff: “Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed US Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.”

In addition to his sexual orientation, Asseri’s friendship with a female Jewish Israeli appears to be a factor for concern if he returns to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh does not recognize Israel’s existence and there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Saudi Kingdom’s media and educational books are steeped in hatred of Israel.

Stuart Appelbaum, a prominent gay rights activist in New York and head of the international trade union Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, wrote the Post by e-mail on Friday. “If the United States government refuses to grant asylum to a gay diplomat because it is afraid of the Saudi reaction, then the US will become complicit in his fate. It is exactly because of how Ahmad might be treated on his return to his homophobic and brutal land that the United States should grant him refuge.”

Appelbaum played a key role in the New York State legislative decision to pass a marriage law for same-sex couples this year.

Dr. Phyllis Chesler, a New York-based expert on gender relations, wrote the Post on Friday, “This is further proof that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is one of self-destructive appeasement and that despite its presumed commitment to civil rights and human rights, that commitment does not extend to Muslim women, Muslim dissidents, or Muslim gays — nor does it extend to the right-of-survival of religious minorities (Christian, Jewish, Bahai, Zoroastrian) or to apostates.

“This decision refuses to countenance the reality of Islamic gender and religious apartheid and has chosen a “˜hands off” policy vis-a-vis Saudi Arabia’s persecution of “˜out” gay men,” Chesler wrote.

Saudi Arabia’s government policy of lethal homophobia has sparked outrage over the years from some human rights activists.

The subject of state-sponsored murder of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities across the Muslim world has been a long neglected human-rights issue, according to NGO Monitor, the Jerusalem-based watchdog organization, which monitors the role of NGOs in the region, including Israel.

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Comments

  1. says

    Well, Mahound did say to kill him who does it and he who has it done to him…Sharia says a homosexual must be killed…So the Saudi’s are right on the mark…That’s the way it is in Islam…The US is just being sharia compliant…again…

  2. says

    “His initial interview with Homeland Security was very positive, but then they came back and grilled him for two days after they found out that he had worked in the public prosecutor’s office in Saudi Arabia,” Alsamh continued.

    “He had been an inspector to make sure that judicial punishments, such as lashings, were carried out within the law – not more, not less. They then accused him of participating in a form of torture,” Ahmed said on Abou- Alamh’s website.

    I think we should be very careful about allowing someone with this type of background to claim asylum in the US. Part of his past employment was enforcing the very justice system he now claims to be unjust. Perhaps the people who were beheaded, crippled, lashed, and stoned with the approval of Ali Ahmad Asseri ought to have a say in the matter.

    I think Homeland Security may have caught the ball this time. I generally support giving gays political asylum as long as they do not threaten our security and they also meet the other qualifications for immigrants. Muslim gays have been getting asylum in Israel for years.

  3. says

    Evidently Obama’s infamous bow to the Saudi king was no fluke.
    The Taqiyya Muslim American president is still subservient to the king of Wahabi Islam.

  4. says

    Notice the dissembling from even an otherwise objective media source…

    “The Saudi Kingdom’s media and educational books are steeped in hatred of Israel.”

    They are steeped in hatred of JEWS!

  5. says

    Hmmmm A gay Muslim! Is there really a compelling reason why we should be taking him in? Why not send him to one of those Arab Spring countries, like Tunisia, or Libya, or Egypt?

  6. says

    Who is this Islamophobe that claims he is in danger from Muslims because of his sexual orientation? Doesn’t he know that Islam is the Religion of Peace, Tolerance, and Fuzzy-Wuzzy Widdle Kittens?!

    How dare he make such outrageous claims! He must be a RACIST!

  7. says

    Call me insensitive to this man’s plight, but I really do not have any sympathy for this muslim ‘enabler’.

    From the Sep 11, 2010, article, he:

    …angrily criticized his country’s “backwardness” as well as the role of “militant imams” in Saudi society…

    Okay. That’s a good start, but…

    …[imams]..who have “defaced the tolerance of Islam.”

    Oops. Then this little factoid:

    “He had been an inspector to make sure that judicial punishments, such as lashings, were carried out within the law – not more, not less. They then accused him of participating in a form of torture,”

    Double-oops!

    I’ll have to agree with RonaldB in this situation. I think it would be best for Ali Asseri to take his problem elsewhere.

  8. says

    This is why i took a stong stance against my employer that was show suport for a public event that had a pro-hamas group allowed into the Human Rights and equality event in Toronto.

    My employer is one of many Corporation that has dealings in islamic nations that also have sex-tourism for Pedophiles to avoid canadian laws . Men from canada can vacation in those countries and have sex with young girls , they fly back to canada and nobody knows who they are even if it’s one of the CEO’s from these Corp.’s.
    People mocked me for my comments about some of the GAY parades, but if they actually read the whole point I was making they would see that I’m the best friend the homosexual have because the pro-hamas and Shariah Law pact these leftists have is an insane relationship.
    Toronto has the PRIDE parade where the Police will nOT stop the male Nudity in front of children which is listed on many Children’s Safety websites as Child-abuse and quasi-Pedophilia, the police and past Mayor’s claim to fight for gay-Rights but do squat when the pro-hamas people march in the parade.
    Even the Public Unions like CUPW,CUPW,OPSEU and the Teachers Unions are in a bind because they promote gay Rights at work but also enable the spreading of Shariah law in the workplace for the hijab wearing islamists that will not work with gays or jews. We have the Toronto Police that now embraced Shariah Law to let the Homophobic/misogynistic/pedophile supporting islamist females with Hijabs work for the Police .
    These Hijab wearing females will not want to work with the K-9 unit, nor work security at an Abortion clinic, nor work at the Gay parade , or outside a jewish temple to protect it form a mob of her brother’s fighting for Allah and islam.

    Where are all the peacful muslim in canada that should be in Ottawa to protest outside the Saudi Embassy for the brutal treatment in 2011 where they flog demales, jail or murder gays, and still behead 50+ prisoners that offend islam and muhammed under the twisted and sick Whahabbi form of Shariah Law.
    I didn’t have to be Black to oppose the South African treatment of people, and I don’t need to be a female or gay to denouce the murderous thugs within islamic nations that abuse minority groups or non-muslims.

    The Occupiers make it seem like the world outside of N.America is so utopic that they can only find poverty and oppression in the West , Michael Moore is among the upper 80% of that 1% with his $50’000’000.00 and his $2 million retreat in a rich/white/smug/elite/liberal waterfront property as he tours the Occupy zones to feel their pain and denouce that same rich people he lives next to.

  9. says

    Invite him to apostasise.

    If he doesn’t want to renounce Islam, then sorry, no can do; he could however be given a change of identity and a plane ticket to one of those countries in dar al Islam that are currently somewhat less wracked by jihad and plagued by sharia-pushers, than others.

    Any ideas, folks? Perhaps he could go to Algeria or Morocco.

  10. says

    Who cares what this man is as long as he’s not a jihadist the US should protect such individuals. O and his Regine has got to go in 2012 if he doesn’t blow us up first.

  11. says

    Interesting post and why doesn’t it surprise me that he was refused asylum by the B Hussein regime? In the end he’ll probably get asylum if the outcry is great enough but I have a snide suggestion for this guy. Maybe he should apply for asylum from the Jewish State of Israel. I have a feeling his request might be accepted. :)

  12. says

    Where are all the gay lads and lassies who declare bloody war if one so much as looks at them crooked ? They pushed their muslim DLB in the white house and BFF in DOJ to give them anything and everything. Destroy DOMA ? Sure kids you got it. Ram an reading list into the elementary schools that would make a circus roustabout blush ? Thats a go. etc
    No Problem They go to the annointed one, remind him of their donations to his favorite charity ( Him) and he’ll have their little confrere in citizenship court tomorrow. Course
    the ” community ” might not want to make his citizenship party too public and if he’s looking for a place to crash your personal residence better have a whole hell of a lot of insurance. Muslim rage and all that.

  13. says

    DDA,

    Agree perfectly, as I said in a previous post:

    I think it would be best for Ali Asseri to take his problem elsewhere.

    I would guess that any country in South America would accept him, no questions asked. Heck, even Colombia would be a good choice; Hugo Chavez is good muslim butt-licker.

  14. says

    “they would see that I’m the best friend the homosexual have ”

    Well if YOU are the “best friend a homosexual” can have then they’d be better off without any “friends” at all. I see you’re back on the gay pride rants that you used to flood Atlas with under different names and I also see the feminists are also now the object of your abundant hatred. Although you’ve been forced to modify your tactics, your goals remain the same.

    This blog is about counter-jihadism not homosexuals. Perhaps Storm Font would better suit your needs in that area. Personally I’m sick to death of you spamming this site with gay & homosexual slurs couched as “support” It offends me. You offend me.

  15. says

    Garry B wrote:

    Who cares what this man is as long as he’s not a jihadist the US should protect such individuals.
    ……………………..

    Garry, he may not be a Jihadist in the sense of strapping on a suicide bomb”but he *is* an enforcer of Shari’ah:

    “His initial interview with Homeland Security was very positive, but then they came back and grilled him for two days after they found out that he had worked in the public prosecutor’s office in Saudi Arabia,” Alsamh continued.

    “He had been an inspector to make sure that judicial punishments, such as lashings, were carried out within the law – not more, not less. They then accused him of participating in a form of torture,” Ahmed said on Abou- Alamh’s website.
    ……………………..

    That being said, his very life is in danger here. I believe he *should* be give asylum”with the very important caveat that if he is found engaged in Jihad or attempts to impose Shari’ah in the West, that he can go back to the brutal “Land of the Two Holy Places” and face Shari’ah”including the death penalty for homosexuality”for himself.