August 27, 2007, - 3:05 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
This one comes from the Marketplace Section of today’s Wall Street Journal:
Sounds a lot like:
Marketing Concentration Camps to Jewish Tourists
But, yes, even though it’s against the law to be gay or practice homosexuality in all Muslim nations–in fact, many gays and accused gays have been executed.
“It can be done,” says Bertho Makso, a 26-year-old Lebanese archaeology student and perhaps the Arab world’s best-known gay travel-services advertiser. “You just have to be creative, and sometimes discreet.”
Homosexuality is against the law in every Muslim country in the Middle East. In countries such as Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, gays and lesbians are often persecuted, imprisoned or deported.
So the gay community is marketing Lebanon to gays as a vacation destination. Bombed-out Beirut could be your next gay-cation destination. Don’t forget to pack the bullet-proof vest. But, hey, I hear some of them are into sado-masochism, so a trip to the Mid-East for torture might be just what the libido ordered.
Gay Arabs claim that Lebanon is the most tolerant Arab/Muslim country in the region. Really? Try being openly gay in the growing, expanding Hezbollah-controlled areas.
Believe this: Even though Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is a girlie-man, he won’t allow gays in the areas he controls. BTW, wait ’til he finds out that Makso takes gays on tours of the Roman ruins at Baalbek–smack-dab in the middle of Hezbo Hills. Since a lot of Hezbos from Lebanon, including Nasrallah’s gang, read this site, I’m sure those trips will soon be fraught with danger.
Israel is a different story. It’s really the only country that tolerates gays. In fact, it goes beyond tolerating them and was the first in the world to give domestic partnership benefits and other gay-oriented accomodations.
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