U.N. makes history; ISIS makes a point of killing more gays

"Islamic State" logo
“Islamic State” logo

I wish activist/analyst Scott Long didn’t seem so instantaneously accurate in his pessimistic prediction about yesterday’s historic U.N. Security Council session, which focused on anti-LGBTI violence perpetrated by the Islamic State/ISIS/ISIL.

Today he writes:

“My fear (I wrote two days ago) was that ‘the Security Council will only give more impetus to murder’: that ISIS, provoked by the ill-considered publicity around this move, would slaughter more people. I hope I’ll be disproven; I’d dearly love not to be right. But I’m afraid I am.”

ISIS reportedly threw nine civilians to their deaths from a tall building in Mosul, Iraq, after they were accused of homosexuality.

Long says that the men seem to have been “rounded up quickly [over the weekend] upon some urgent mandate.  It’s hard not to suspect this wave of killing was a pre-emptive answer to Monday’s UN Security Council meeting on gays and ISIS — which was making headlines in both Western and Arab media fully nine days earlier.”

For more information, read Long’s blog post, “New killings: ISIS answers the UN Security Council.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]


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