Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saudi Diplomat to Seek Asylum

Now this is interesting. A Saudi Arabian diplomat stationed out of Los Angeles has requested asylum from the United States because he fears for his life if he goes back to his native country. He has come to terms with his homosexuality and because he is now openly gay he will be more than likely killed in Saudi Arabia - a place where being gay is punishable by the death penalty.

From the Associated Press.

A Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking political asylum in the United States because he is gay and befriended a Jewish woman, and fears for his life if he returns, NBC News reported Saturday.
The diplomat, which NBC identified as Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, reportedly told US federal officials that Saudi officials refused to renew his diplomatic passport and terminated his job after they discovered that he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.
"My life is in a great danger here and if I go back to Saudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight," Asseri told NBC in an email message.
Asseri posted a letter on a Saudi website criticizing his country's "backwardness" as well as the role of "militant imams" that have "defaced the tolerance of Islam," NBC said.
In the letter Asseri also threatened to make public embarrassing information on members of the Saudi royal family living in the United States, NBC said.
According to NBC, the last Saudi diplomat to seek asylum in the United States was Mohammed al-Khilewi, an official with the country's United Nations delegation, who sought protection in 1994 after publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia's human rights record and what he said was its support for terrorism.
My question is this. Yes, the United States should give this Saudi Diplomat asylum, because someone should not be killed for who they are, but is the United States really the place to go? The U.S. Government emotionally kills LGBT people every day with the "Defense Of Marriage Act" and the individual states Constitutional amendment. Though it might not seem to be the same - physical vs. emotional death - the end result is the same. The killing of who you are, and what makes you you.

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