Here’s one for the moral equivalence crowd: Christians want to outlaw same-sex marriage; Muslims are sentencing gays to lashings. From the Guardian, with thanks to Skeetstreet:
Dozens of Saudi men caught dancing and “behaving like women” at a party have been sentenced to a total of 14,200 lashes, after a trial held behind closed doors and without defence lawyers. The men were also given jail sentences of up to two years.
They were arrested last month when the police in Jeddah raided a party which was described by a Saudi newspaper as a “gay wedding”.
“Prosecuting and imprisoning people for homosexual conduct are flagrant human rights violations,” Scott Long, of the US organisation Human Rights Watch said. “Subjecting the victims to floggings is torture, pure and simple.”
HRW said it had established that 31 of the men received prison sentences of six months to one year, plus 200 lashes each. Four were jailed for two years with 2,000 lashes….
HRW said that according to a friend of one of the arrested men the gathering was a birthday party.
But the Saudi newspaper al-Wifaq, which has connections with the interior ministry, carried a report on March 16, six days after the arrests, saying the men were “dancing and behaving like women”.