Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Our “fiercest advocate” has gone astray. Wait a minute? Was President Barack Obama ever our fiercest advocate to begin with? Probably not.
The United States has denied political asylum to Ali Ahmad Asseri, the former first secretary of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Los Angeles to avoid disrupting US-Saudi relations.
Asseri argued that if he returned to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia he would face execution because the country’s radically fundamental form of Islam mandates the death penalty for same-sex relations.
In addition to being gay, Asseri’s friendship with a female Jewish Israeli appears to be a factor for concern if he returns to Saudi Arabia. Riyadh does not recognize Israel’s existence and there are no diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Saudi Kingdom’s media and educational books are steeped in hatred of Israel.
On September 12, 2010, in a post titled, In Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeks Asylum in the U.S. to Escape Death from Radical Islam, I was one of the first to blog the plight Ali Ahmad Asseri. In email to NBC, Asseri said, “My life is in a great danger here and if I go back to Saudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight.”
Perhaps what Ali Ahmad Asseri needs to do next is claim he’s Barack Obama’s brother from another mother? Not only would he get asylum but, a car and free housing.