Bahrain: MPs call to deport homosexuals

Bahrain's MPs have tabled a motion to root out homosexuality in the country.

Veteran vlogger Mahmood Al Yousif, who has just started a new series of vlogs called the M.Report, gives his opinion about the demand by Islamist MPs that homosexuality be stamped out in Bahraini schools, and foreign homosexuals be deported:

He adds:

Sex is never too far from Islamists’ minds, it seems, especially if they are law makers. This might be because they view their legislative role as nothing more than protecting people from themselves – according to their views anyway – and ensuring that society toes the straight and narrow – again, according to their definitions – in order to prevent them from going to hell and eternal damnation. It could also be for selfish reasons, where they view that with executing that “over-sight” role in parliament and life, they would receive untold brownie points from Allah in Heaven and by that ensure that they can have as much sex as they want then. Deferred payment, if you like. I’m not sure if anyone calculated how much time they spent in parliament discussing what they find objectionable: sex in general, homosexuality, lesbianism, butch girls, you name it, but the amount of time they dedicate to penalising sexual criminals and child rapists is close to zero. The time they spend in ensuring that personal freedoms are sacrosanct, is probably nil, and the time they consumed even discussing changing their own bylaws in order for them to be more effective is zero.

Kawthar, at Mideast Youth, is not impressed with the MPs’ demand either. She writes:

The proposal – which has been ratified by parliament called on:
1.The Interior Ministry to stop granting residence permits to foreign homosexuals
2.The Education Ministry to monitor students, and punishing those who veered towards homosexuality
3.The Industry and Commerce Ministry to monitor massage and hair salons to ensure that they have no closed rooms and that violators be prosecuted
In short, the MPs are calling for the creation of an Orwellian society.


  • Yeah, that seems a bit drastic, but don’t they have the right to protect their culture from external influence? As long as the people see the political motives behind it…
    But the question is, how do they determine if someone is gay or is veering towards being gay? That could be quite impossible to do, so it all must be a big puff of smoke.

  • Marousya

    @ Jesse: Protect from “external influence”? I hate to break it to you, but one’s sexual orientation does not come from the outside, and homosexuality is present across every time and in every culture.

  • What are the odds of this passing?

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