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BBC Uncovers Iraqi Police Persecution Of Gays And Lesbians

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According to the BBC World Service, law enforcement officials in Iraq are contributing to the persecution of gays and lesbians. In the report, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, Ali Al Dabbagh, explained to Natalia Antelava that if gays don’t want to be persecuted, they should stay closeted and reject their own homosexuality:

DABBAGH: The gays should respect the behavior and the moral values of the others in order to be respected.

ANTELAVA: This is a bit like telling a black person not to be black.

DABBAGH: No, that is nature. By nature he’s a black.

ANTELAVA: What’s homosexuality?

DABBAGH: It’s not nature. It’s a behavior.

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