Your Daily Muslim #629: Hisham Barakat

I had some high hopes for Egypt (and Iran) but they are being dragged back a few centuries

Your Daily Muslim

Hisham Barakat Hisham Barakat

The legalization of gay marriage has been sweeping across the United States, with more states joining the movement for equality by the month. However, the Islamic world remains obstinate and steadfast against same-sex marriages thanks to their seventh-century religious beliefs. Recently, some Egyptians held an unofficial gay wedding ceremony. The wedding was filmed, which was bad news for many of those in attendance, not just the two grooms. When identified by government officials, eight men who attended the wedding were arrested.

Egypt’s prosecutor general, Hisham Barakat, who has previously prosecuted and frozen the assets of ousted Muslim Brotherhood members, had some rather unpleasant words about the wedding. Barakat’s office released a statement sayng the wedding was “shameful to Allah” and “offensive to public morals.” You know what’s actually shameful? The fact that some people have to live their lives in fear, unable to express their love thanks to…

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