As y’all are well aware, the left has been out in full force rallying behind the LGBT community — specifically, transgenders’ right to use whatever restroom they “identify” with. It’s been the cause du jour for about the past month or so. Democrat governors have banned “non-essential” travel (whatever that means), pop stars have canceled performances, businesses have withdrawn expansions and sports organizations have considered changing plans to avoid states like North Carolina and Mississippi, whose policies have been deemed discriminatory to transgender citizens.Many of have wondered, don’t we have much BIGGER fish to fry than which bathroom one can use? What just happened to a top gay rights activist and editor for an LGBT magazine puts an exclamation point on this question.
Via BBC News:Bangladesh police say a top gay rights activist and editor at the country’s only LGBT magazine is one of two people who have been hacked to death.
The US ambassador to Bangladesh condemned the killing of Xulhaz Mannan, who also worked at the US embassy.Another person was also injured when the attackers entered a Dhaka flat.
Since February last year suspected militants have killed several secular or atheist writers and members of religious minority groups.
The two men were murdered two days after a university teacher was hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants.So-called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility – but the Bangladeshi government insists there is no IS presence in the country.
“I am devastated by the brutal murder of Xulhaz Mannan and another young Bangladeshi,” said US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat.
“We abhor this senseless act of violence and urge the government of Bangladesh in the strongest terms to apprehend the criminals behind these murders,” she added.
Suspected extremists in Bangladesh are gaining a sense of security that they can carry out killings with impunity, he says.Homosexuality is technically illegal in Bangladesh and remains a highly sensitive issue in society.
Both men were openly gay and believed that if more gay Bangladeshis came out then the country would have to accept them, the photographer said.
It’s not just the gay community of Bangladesh who is living in fear these days from Islamic extremists. The country’s best-known blogger — who led protests by secular activists against Islamist leaders — reported he received a death threat on Sunday that he will be killed “very soon.”
As recently as this month, a law student who expressed secular views online was hacked and then shot, following the murders last year of four prominent bloggers. Members of religious minorities including Shia, Sufi and Ahmadi Muslims, Christians and Hindus also have been attacked.
Muslim-majority Bangladesh is officially secular but critics say the government has failed to properly address the attacks.
Given what’s happening in our own country to freedom of expression and religion at the hands of the politically-correct, increasingly intolerant left, you might expect the left to ignore the attacks on bloggers who dare to speak out and religious minorities.
But the brutal murder of these gay activists killed pursuing their mission of tolerance? One would imagine the left would be all over this — this which actually rises to the level of a truly horrific tragedy against the LGBT community. Will they be rushing to speak out and ban travel to Bangladesh, cancel rock concerts and pull business out of the country until the government resolves this issue?
And while they’re at it, maybe they ought to put some heat on anyone doing business with ANY of the regimes where just being homosexual is a crime. Like… maybe… for example… President Obama, who touts his stellar “deal” with Islamic Iran, a country where being homosexual is punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment or even execution. But hey, on the plus side, being transexual is legal in there, if accompanied by a sex-change operation — how tolerant. (No word on which bathrooms transgender Iranians can use.)
But I digress… anyone else think this horrific hacking of these two gay activists might be worthy of a little of the left’s — and all of our — outrage?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]