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Denying Asylum to a Gay Saudi Diplomat
by Bruce Bawer
Benjamin Weinthal, citing a Saudi-American blogger, Rasheed Abvou-Alsamh, reports in The Jerusalem Post that the U.S. Government last week denied asylum to a gay Saudi diplomat "to avoid disrupting US-Saudi relations." The diplomat in question, Ali Ahmad Asseri, who has worked at the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, faces the death penalty for same-sex conduct if returned to the radically fundamentalist Islamic kingdom.
Apparently the decision to reject Asseri's asylum application was made at very high levels of the U.S. government. If Abvou-Alsamh's account proves to be true, it is impossible to see this as anything other than a disgraceful act by the Obama administration and a shameful betrayal of American constitutional principles. Indeed there are so many despicable aspects to this story that it is hard to know where to begin.
First, Saudi Arabia is the most backward country in the Muslim world. Across the Western world the Saudi government has lavishly funded mosques, madrassas, Muslim organizations, and Islamic Studies programs which preach and teach the most extreme, anti-Western, anti-democratic attitudes. Saudi cash has turned Middle Eastern Studies scholars and retired Western diplomats into amoral PR flacks for the Saudi regime. There is no way of knowing how many Western Muslims have been transformed into jihadists with the help of Saudi money.
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