While the European Parliament, using an urgency procedure, has adopted a Resolution warning the Republic of Kyrgyzstan that the adoption of a bill curbing propaganda for homosexual lifestyles “could affect relations with the EU”, it has failed to turn its attention to a human rights issue of arguably somewhat greater urgency: the plight of Raif Badawi, a blogger from Saudi Arabia who has been condemned to 1000 lashes for “insulting Islam”.
The lashes with the whip are imparted in weekly instalments of 50. The first flogging took place last Friday on a public square in Jeddah. According to his wife, Mr. Badawi has hardly recovered from them. The next 50 lashes are scheduled for tomorrow.
Had the European Parliament used its priority procedure to address the case of Mr. Badawi – who knows, it might have been life-saving. The next plenary session will take place in the week of 9 February, that is, for Mr. Badawi, 200 lashas later. Will he still be alive then?
Fair enough if the EP is concerned about the LGBT lobby’s freedom to propagate sodomy even to the remotest corners of the world. But such a concern becomes an obscenity when it supersedes the issues the Parliament should really be dealing with.
A couple of years ago, the gay lobby started using the slogan “LGBT Rights are Human Rights”. Nowadays, it seems, the slogan should be “Only LGBT Rights are Human Rights”…