You see, many in the Muslim nation are “asking for a strong hand against perverts.” Of course, this should not be surprising since the Muslim penalty for homosexuality is death. According to Minhaj al-Muslim (the “way of the Muslim”), “Gay people should be thrown head first off high buildings and if not killed on hitting the ground, they should be then stoned to death.”
“Spain: Press, Morocco announces end to gay tolerance,” from ANSAmed, March 24:
(ANSAmed) – MADRID, MARCH 24 – Morocco announces the end of tolerance with regard to homosexuality, is the title of the full page article in today’s El Pais, referring to the initiative which the Ministry for the interior in Morocco is using to ‘confront all actions which go against religious and moral values, within the framework of the law”.
An article with the headline in red on the front page of magazine Al Michaal triggered the reaction by the government in Rabat; in it a gay Moroccan couple tell the story of their wedding, reciting a prayer which comes before the reading from the Koran. The formula is very common in Morocco, between heterosexual couples as well, but it does not mean that the union is legal. In a message quoted by El Pais, the Ministry for the interior registered “voices in the media which are trying to make a case for ignoble behaviour which is a provocation to national public opinion and which are against the moral values and teachings of our society“.
The government will carry act against these people “within the framework of current laws”. Homosexuality is punishable in Morocco from six months to three years imprisonment, even though courts do not usually pass sentences for this kind of crime. Nevertheless arrests of gays are commonly made as a ‘deterrent”.
El Pais notes that “while several publications are indulgent towards Moroccan gays, the main body of the press is asking for a strong hand against perverts”. Spain’s ambassador in Rabat, Luis Planas, recently became involved in the controversy, when he was photographed with the secretary of Colegas, a Spanish association which defends the rights of gays and lesbians, and with Bargachi, the coordinator of Kifkif (from equal to equal), an association which supports gays in Morocco. (ANSAmed).