John M. Becker

ISIS Barbarians Throw Two Gay Men to Their Deaths

Filed By John M. Becker | January 17, 2015 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living
Tags: barbarism, barbarity, executions, executions of gay people, Iraq, ISIS, Islam, Islamic law, Islamic State, killing gays, Syria

Author's Note: This post does not condemn Islam or assign collective blame to all Muslims for the actions of a savage minority. The point of bringing up the Charlie Hebdo massacre in the final paragraph is that the same dangerously distorted perversion of Islam that leads terrorists to commit murder over cartoon images leads to gay men getting thrown off of rooftops, women stoned for adultery, and public beheadings and crucifixions. And yes, anyone who is more outraged over any cartoon image than images of real, dead human beings has their priorities profoundly out of order.


isis-gay-execution-jan15-1.jpgThe jihadist barbarians of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have executed two more allegedly gay men -- this time in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, located in the Nineveh province.

And unlike two earlier executions, where a total of three men were stoned to death by ISIS militants in Syria for alleged homosexuality, these latest killings were carried out by throwing the victims off the roof of a tall building. Graphic photos of the executions were then uploaded to Twitter.

Radio Free Europe reports:

The Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has published photographs that appear to show a man being thrown from the roof of a tall building apparently in Mosul, as punishment for being gay...

One photograph, taken from the top of the building from where the man was apparently pushed to his death, shows a large crowd gathered in the public square below.

Another image shows a man with his face covered by a black balaclava, reading out the sentence imposed on the man under the IS group's version of Shari'a law. The caption to the photograph says that the verdict was issued by a Shari'a court in "Wilayat Nineveh," IS's name for Mosul and its environs.

Another image shows the victim being held by another man, apparently his executioner, on the edge of a rooftop. Text accompanying the photograph says that the man is being punished with "Hadd," meaning a punishment that is determined in the Koran and the Hadith for crimes considered to go against the rights of God. The caption noted that the man had committed the crime of the practices of the "people of Lot," a euphemism for sodomy, and that he must be killed by being "thrown from a high place."

A graphic image shows the man being pushed to his death. Another image shows what appears to be the man's body on the ground.

The Daily Beast puts the images in context:

Death is shown in high resolution--the killing carefully composed inside the frame. These images belong to a deliberate social media and information strategy. Like all good Internet propaganda the images are made to be readily "shareable" and appear to have been released with the intent that they travel to a broader audience. It worked. Obscene and merciless, it's a reflection of the state of life under ISIS rule.

The situation for LGBT people living in areas controlled by ISIS extremists could not be more bleak: international human rights groups say they are "at imminent risk of death."

Three more photographs of the executions are after the jump. WARNING: Extremely graphic. The next time someone tells you how offensive images depicting the prophet Muhammad are, show them these images instead.

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Images obtained via Twitter.


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