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Parents of gays told to kill their children in Chechnya

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
5/3/2017 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Order comes as regional leader vows to eliminate all gays by end of month.

Homosexuals in Chechnya are being rounded up, tortured and killed, according to numerous reports from the restive Russian federal republic.  Islam is the dominant religion in the region, and Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has pledged to eliminate all homosexuals in the country before the start of Ramadan at the end of May.

Ramzan Kadyrov, 40, the the present leader of Chechnya. He has vowed to eliminate all the gays in the region.

Ramzan Kadyrov, 40, the the present leader of Chechnya. He has vowed to eliminate all the gays in the region.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
5/3/2017 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Chechnya, gays, homosexual, same-sex, Russia, kill


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- It's a horrifying idea. Parents of homosexuals are being asked to kill their own children in Chechnya. If the parents refuse, local authorities do the killing themselves.

The pogrom against gays appears to have been launched by the region's leader, Ramzan Jadyrov. The region is predominantly Muslim, and many citizens despise homosexuals because of their religious faith. Jadyrov has pledged to eliminate all the region's gays before the start of Ramadan on May 26.


Several reports, primarily from gays who have fled say that concentration camps have been established for housing gays until they are killed. Many report torture and other forms of persecution. Parents are asked to kill their own children to preserve family honor.

The world has been quick and almost universal in its condemnation of the campaign.

Homosexuality is not condoned in the Catholic Church, and such behavior is regarded as sinful. However, despite the gravity of the sin, there are no Catholics who would agree that detention and killing are acceptable solutions to the matter.

The Church rightly condemns the taking of all human life, regardless of the reason why.

While the world has asked the Russian government to crack down on the apparent pogrom in Chechnya, no end appears in sight.

Russia itself has a questionable record when it comes to protecting human rights.

The Chechen government officially denies that any such campaign is underway, but governments lie, and many individuals insist these terrible things are happening to them and others.

Given statements from Jadyrov, it is easy to imagine the nightmare is real.

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