Swiss Father Slits Son’s Throat For Being Gay

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A gay teen in Switzerland has shared his shocking story of an attempt by his own father to kill him.

The 17-year-old, identified as “Seran M” in the press for his own protection, told the Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten that he woke one night to find his father holding a knife to his throat.

According to a Google Translation of the news report, the father shouted at the teen, “You’re gay, you’re gay?” And at that point, he slid the blade across the teen’s neck.

Seran says he fought off his father while sustaining further injuries to his neck and upper body.

Eventually, the teen escaped the attack across a balcony and sought safety at a neighbor’s home.

Due to the severity of his injuries to his throat, chest, arms, and back, he was flown to the University Hospital of Bern.

“Fortunately, he narrowly missed the carotid artery, but my trachea was badly injured,” shared Seran. “I had to be put in an artificial coma.”

Seran, whose family is from Iraq, told 20 Minuten he doesn’t know how his father discovered he is gay adding, “I’ve always hidden my homosexuality from my family.”

Since leaving the hospital six months ago he lives on his own in Bern and feels he is “a freer person than before the incident.”

That said, the scars from the hate crime remind him of the incident every day.

“I see them in the mirror or when I take selfies and snaps,” he explains. “They will be with me or the rest of my life.”

Seran added that he’s begun counseling to help him process the emotional scars.

He says he’s sharing his story to encourage other LGBTQ people from Muslim backgrounds to “get help if you want to come out as gay.”

“We are living in 2019 and my dad wanted me dead because I’m attracted to men. I just cannot accept that. I hid long enough, this is the end of that now.”

According to the UK’s Daily Star, the father was arrested for the attack but it’s unclear when he will stand trial.

Switzerland has wrestled with the issue of homophobia for years.

2016 study found that gay men in Geneva are four times more likely to suffer attacks than men in the general population.

ILGA, a human rights organization, ranks Switzerland 27th out of 49 countries in Europe on LGBTQ+ equality.

(source: Google Translate/20 Minuten)

Trump Dragged For Inciting Violence Against Member Of Congress

Donald Trump

It’s difficult to imagine that a president – a current occupant of the White House – could do something so lacking in dignity.

And yet, he did.

On Friday, Donald Trump incited anger against a member of Congress, Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

Trump tweeted out an edited portion of a speech given by the congresswoman at a March event for the Muslim civil rights organization Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The full quote was:

“Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

But Trump’s video took just a few words from Ilhan – “some people did something” – and repeated it while cutting to video clips of the attack on 9/11. The intention was to make it appear as if Rep. Ilhan was downplaying the attack, which was not the case in any way, shape or form.

Trump was taking Ilhan’s words out of context to incite violence toward her.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a military veteran and White House hopeful for 2020, responded on Twitter.

“After 9/11 we all said we were changed. That we were stronger and more united. That’s what “never forget” was about. Now, a president uses that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport. As if we learned nothing that day about the workings of hate. That day, some people did this: killed thousands of Americans in order to try to make us smaller, more divided and less free. To weaken us by distancing us from our own values through fear and anger. This is the function of terrorism.”

Buttigieg continued: “I served overseas, at risk to my life, in the struggle against such terrorism. But it can only be fully defeated if we have leaders at home who defuse its capacity to sow hate—hate against Islam or against any number of “others.” The president today made America smaller. It is not enough to condemn him; we must model something better.”

“The threats against the life of @IlhanMN make clear what is at stake if we fail to to do this, and to beat back hate in all all its forms,” he concluded.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also condemned Trump’s actions: “The President is inciting violence against a sitting Congresswoman—and an entire group of Americans based on their religion. It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And any elected leader who refuses to condemn it shares responsibility for it.”

And Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont: “Ilhan Omar is a leader with strength and courage. She won’t back down to Trump’s racism and hate, and neither will we. The disgusting and dangerous attacks against her must end.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this: “Members of Congress have a duty to respond to the President’s explicit attack today.@IlhanMN’s life is in danger. For our colleagues to be silent is to be complicit in the outright, dangerous targeting of a member of Congress.We must speak out. ‘First they came…'”

And then there was the onslaught on Twitter using the #IStandWithIlhanOmar hashtag. Click here to get some of that.

My America: Pittsburgh Muslim Community Raises Over $70K For Synagogue Shooting Victims

This is my America.

In the aftermath of the deadliest attack on Jewish people in the United States, the leader of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announces the local Muslim community has raised more than $70,000 for the synagogue attack victims and their families.

“We just want to know what you need … If it’s people outside your next service protecting you, let us know. We’ll be there.”

Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban

The U. S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban in a 5-4 decision.

From The New York Times:

Just a week after he took office, Mr. Trump issued his first travel ban, causing chaos at the nation’s airports and starting a cascade of lawsuits and appeals. The first ban, drafted in haste, was promptly blocked by courts around the nation.

A second version, issued two months later, fared little better, although the Supreme Court allowed part of it go into effect last June when it agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeals from court decisions blocking it. But the Supreme Court dismissed those appeals in October after the second ban expired.

In January, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Mr. Trump’s third and most considered entry ban, issued as a presidential proclamation in September. It initially restricted travel from eight nations, six of them predominantly Muslim — Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea. Chad was later removed from the list.

The restrictions varied in their details, but, for the most part, citizens of the countries were forbidden from emigrating to the United States and many of them are barred from working, studying or vacationing here.

9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules Against Trump’s Travel Ban

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with the 4th Circuit Court that President Trump’s travel ban is unconstitutional.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel basically affirmed a March decision by Judge Derrick K. Watson, of the Federal District Court in Hawaii.

From the New York Times:

Like the Fourth Circuit, Judge Watson blocked major parts of the revised order on the ground that they violated the Constitution’s ban on a government establishment of religion. Judge Watson wrote that the statements of Mr. Trump and his advisers made clear that his executive order amounted to an attempt to disfavor Muslims.

“A reasonable, objective observer — enlightened by the specific historical context, contemporaneous public statements and specific sequence of events leading to its issuance — would conclude that the executive order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion,” Judge Watson wrote.

The 9th Circuit Court determined that President Trump exceeded the scope of his authority, writing in part, “The Immigration and Nationality Act … gives the President broad powers to control the entry of aliens, and to take actions to protect the American public. But immigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show.”

Additionally, the panel of judges cite Donald Trump’s travel ban tweet, and White House spokesman Sean Spicer’s answer that Trump’s tweets are official statements. Yet another reason the Trumpster should pause before tweeting.

The ban now heads to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dan Rather To Trump: “What A President Says Can Set The Tone For The Nation At Large”

Dan Rather

While Donald Trump seems to have time to address any “fake news” story he hears about via Twitter, one topic the Trumpster has not touched on was the killing of two men who defended two teenage girls from an extreme racist in Portland.

Many say Trump hasn’t spoken on the subject because this violence was “racist on Muslim” based, not the other way around.

As the nation continues to wait for the president to acknowledge the tragedy, iconic newsman Dan Rather pens this open letter to Trump via his Facebook page:

Dear President Trump,

Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist. A third brave man, Micah David-Cole Fletcher, was wounded in the knife attack.

This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a “radical Islamic terrorist.” They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. That man seems to have a public record of “extremist ideology” – a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau.

This “extremism” may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn’t make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of “extremism” is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do not blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large.

Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It’s even a “sanctuary city.” But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next.

I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice.

Unhinged Donald Trump Rants On CNN Regarding Banning All Muslims From Entering America

After yesterday’s announcement by Donald Trump that he intends to halt all Muslims from entering the United States, the Trumpster is making the rounds via phone today defending what would be his controversial (and divisive) approach to handling world affairs.

Calling into CNN’s “New Day,” Trump got into a heated exchange with host Chris Cuomo.

Via Mediaite:

Cuomo opened up the interview by noting how Trump’s idea is the latest in a series of positions leading to serious division and condemnation on both sides of the political spectrum. To this, Trump claimed the attacks in San Bernardino and Paris are proof that Muslims are trying to infiltrate and destroy America, and that “we have no choice but to do exactly what I said until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Cuomo reiterated that the idea of rejecting an entire religion is the antithesis of American values and freedoms, and pushed back saying “you’re acting out of fear, not making us look strong, and rejecting what America is all about.”

Later in the segment, Trump made a claim about intelligence reports to which Cuomo replied, “Our security network is the best in the world. If you ask people who are in the business of keeping us safe, they think the idea of banning Muslims does nothing to help and everything to hurt. They’re the experts, that’s what they say. They think the idea is stupid.”

I should point out that EVERY Republican White House hopeful denounced the idea of slamming the door on all Muslims yesterday. And intelligence/security experts all day long agreed the policy would hurt the United States, not help it.

Cuomo rocked this.

You can watch the entire segment below.

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