South Korean Court OKs Asylum for Gay Pakistani Man

As we wonder aloud whether the United States will grant refugee status to Uganda’s gays if legislators there pass the Anti-Homosexuality bill, a South Korean court overruled the justice ministry and granted asylum to a gay Pakistani who arrived in the East Asian nation in 1996. “My life, as a homosexual, was in danger in my country,” he told officials. “My family and relatives were my enemy. They said I was insulting my family, Islam and my country and threatened that they would report me to police.”

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  • schlukitz

    How heart-warming.

    South Koreans have a heart…while Allah and their following, want this man dead.

    Just as on cigarette packages, there should be a warning posted on every religious doorway and Internet site that reads…

    Do NOT worship false Gods. Doing so, can be injurious to your health.

  • Lukas P.

    Korea gets it right! Not as interesting as the dying bisexual penguin, is it?!

    Compare this example to how the same person would be treated if he were to seek refugee status for the same reason in the US. You’d have better luck getting Lady Gaga to perform at your fortieth birthday party in DesMoines at the VFW post!

    Three things wouldn’t play well here in the land of the free and the brave: 1) Guy in question is Moslem and 2) Pakistani and 3) he’s gay, too! Three no-no’s in one package.

    Since the other Immigration news item has boiled over into namecalling and flagwaving, I wonder if we could perhaps check into the finer details of
    how asylum seekers—particularly gay ones from “oppressive” places—fare when applying here?

    Think about it. It’ll take your mind off the penguin and MTV’s pseudo Real World.

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