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Brunei's Sharia law will be rewarded by Obama's fast-track trade deal

Boycotts and protests of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel have shined a bright light on the oil-rich nation of Brunei's recent imposition of Sharia law, a brutal criminal code that now includes amputations and floggings for some offenses and the stoning to death of known LGBT people and others, as homosexuality and adultery are now considered crimes that should be punished by a torturous execution.

Gay imam spreads the good news | VIDEO

"The best thing was to just come out and be authentic - even if it means the world is going to kill you, but at least you die an authentic person.”

California hate group leader is behind "film" that has inflamed Muslims

Steve Klein of Hemet, Calif., now heads Concerned Citizens for the First Amendment, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group recently partnered with Christian Anti-Defamation Commission to leaflet California high schools with material depicting the prophet Mohammad as a sex-crazed pedophile.

Tunisia rejects UNHRC recommendation to decriminalize gay sex

Tunisian minister of human rights, transitional justice and spokesman of the Tunisian government, Samir Dilou has rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to decriminalize same-sex acts, stating that sexual orientation was a western concept which is incompatible with Islam, Tunisian culture and traditions.

COMMENTARY: Can you be gay and Muslim?

I do not attempt to justify homosexuality or promote gay culture but I call for a dialogue on religions and sexual preferences.

COMMENTARY: The quiet genocide – a call for religious conscience and action

These moral battles, as we have seen in Uganda, are often driven by well- meaning Christian fundamentalists from the USA in a perverse kind of neo-colonialism. They have no idea of the fallout from these laws to millions of LGBT people who cannot access HIV prevention or care.