Here we go again. In Egypt, again. With much insistence than the Muslim Brotherhood’s government led by Mohamed Morsi, the regime of Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi, born by a coup (but secular, so good for our business), is targeting LGBTQI people (transgender people in particular), trying to gain popular esteem as the champion of moral values in the country [Il Grande Colibrì].
Some days ago, the police raided a hotel in the Doqqi district in Cairo, surprising seven young men “in women’s clothing and indecent situations” [Al-Masry Al-Youm]: the scene follows similar police operations conducted since the very first months of Sisi’s regime. The Egyptian press, that, as usual, struggles to distinguish between homosexuals, transsexuals and transvestites, reports that those arrested had cash and mobile phones [Al-Ahram], as if it was a weird thing or an evidence of immorality.
But there are also more bad news: Egypt hosted in recent weeks the Sixth Conference of Global South Anglican, the meeting of the leaders of more than half of Anglicans from all around the world (including some important English bishops). The concluding statement of the conference about homosexuality is really homophobic: “We contend that sexual intercourse between two persons of the same sex is contrary to God’s design, is offensive to him and reflects a disordering of God’s purposes for complementarity in sexual relations”.
The document also attacks Scot, Welsh and Canadian Anglicans who changed their Canon by providing acceptance and blessing for same-sex couples “contravening the orthodox and historic teaching of the Anglican Communion on marriage and sexuality.”
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