Whew. Dodged a boulder there, fellow homosexuals.
In a letter to the European Parliament (EP) ahead of a debate on human rights in the EP in Strasbourg tomorrow (18 April), the oil-rich-but-back-ass country of Brunei defends its terrifying anti-gay and anti-adultery laws.
As you may have heard: The south-east Asian recently passed laws where homosexuals and others who commit adultery face brutal executions through a penal sentence known as “hadd” – and thieves and robbers also risk amputations.
Don’t get too twisted about it! It’s probably not going to be a problem! Probably!
via The EU Observer:
The criminalisation of adultery and sodomy were needed to safeguard the sanctity of family lineages and marriage, its four-page memo, seen by EUoserver said.
The criminal offences did not apply to non-Muslims, it added.
And the harshest of the punishments, such as stoning to death of gay men, were seldom carried out because there were too few robust witnesses to fulfil legal requirements, it also said.
At least two males of “high moral standing piety” must witness the crime of sodomy or adultery, it noted.
But the difficulty in finding such men meant the stonings were unlikely to occur in practice, the Brunei diplomats added.
“The standards of piety of the male witness is extremely high, [so] that it is extremely difficult to find one in this day and age,” their letter said.
So, it’s all good! As there is almost no chance of finding males of high moral standing in Brunei (I can believe that), we are free to be as gay as we want and do all the fun butt stuff we want, with only a small chance of being stoned to death.
Just between us squirrelfriends, though, I think we should keep up the boycotts.