Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Justice

King said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

In Iraq, there is continued injustice against LGBTQ people.

This was found on, found in Gay City News, an article by Douglas Osborne:
As concern over the killings of gay Iraqis grew in 2006 and 2007, the US Department of State appears to have done little more than develop media talking points and squabble over who at that agency should handle press interviews.

“[I]t is outrageous to see that by walking away from their responsibility to further investigate, document, and then ultimately discuss the human rights abuses with the Iraqi government, the US government missed a great opportunity to prevent the mass-scale attacks against LGBT community, which happened earlier this year in Iraq,” wrote Hossein Alizadeh, regional coordinator for Middle East and North Africa at the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), in an email.

Writing in Gay City News, Doug Ireland first broke the story in March of 2006 that Iraqi gays were being killed by death squads. Ireland and other gay press outlets continued covering the story in 2006 and into 2007, with the mainstream press offering occasional stories. The killings and the gay press reports on them have continued into 2009.

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There is injustice against LGBTQ people in:
and the USA, in which LGBTQ people are treated as second class citizens, without the equal rights "under the law" that heterosexuals enjoy.

There is injustice everywhere toward LGBTQ people around the world.

And because there is injustice somewhere, we all experience an injustice for and with our brothers and sisters.

It is time to change.

It is time to right wrongs.

It is time to fight for justice with words, with speeches, with votes, with demonstrations of peace.

Now is the time.

Justice delayed is justice denied, uttered King.


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