(As posted to my Gazette blog on May 16)

The Guardian has a report today — along with a link to an interactive map –that points to research showing “more than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is punishable by imprisonment, lashes or even death.”

Countries that have the death penalty for being gay include Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Iran.

It troubles me that we in the West continue to do business with stone-age regimes. Sure, we may need their resources, but it is sheer hypocrisy on our part, and we have enabled them to continue committing human rights abuses by turning our heads and giving them money. We should have spoken up — we still can and must speak up, and if necessary, boycott them until they live up to an international code of human civil rights.

At the same time, the hypocrisy of those stone-age countries is evident by the fact they will take money from gay people in other nations they see as immoral, but will execute their own people for being gay — or for being Christian. It’s madness.

Yes, some Christians in the West may be quietly supportive of death penalties for gay people. But Christians face the same sorts of oppression, too, in those stone-age countries — Exhibit A: Sudan, and the death sentence of a woman for being a Christian.

Taking a more transcendental view, mankind is very much in an adolescent stage of development, with some countries still in diapers. The more advanced nations need to step up and help out our brothers and sisters born into regimes run by madmen — who are so often stuffing their bank accounts while their countrymen and women go without. And we have to help Western and European nations that still deny equal civil rights to LGBT people, lest they, too, slip back into the Stone Age.

– Jillian