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Qatar: At World Cup, LGBT flags may be confiscated to prevent attacks, ‘You cannot change the religion for 28 days’

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And you certainly can’t expect people who believe in the Qur’an’s commands to do violence to those who violate its tenets to restrain themselves. The principle in always and everywhere the same: in Muslim countries, you must conform your behavior to suit Islamic sensibilities. And in non-Muslim countries, you must conform your behavior to suit Islamic sensibilities.

“LGBTQ rainbow flags ‘may be taken off World Cup fans in Qatar for their own safety,’” by Rob Harris, Associated Press, April 1, 2022 (thanks to Henry):

Rainbow flags could be taken off fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from being attacked, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament has said.

Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari insisted that LGBTQ couples would be welcomed and accepted in Qatar for the Fifa showpiece event from November 21 to December 18, despite same-sex relations remaining criminalised in the conservative Gulf nation….

“If he (a fan) raised the rainbow flag and I took it from him, it’s not because I really want to, really, take it, to really insult him, but to protect him,” he told the Associated Press.

“Because if it’s not me, somebody else around him might attack (him). I cannot guarantee the behaviour of the whole people. And I will tell him, ‘Please, no need to really raise that flag at this point’.”

Maj Gen Al Ansari is director of the Department of International Co-operation and chairman of the National Counterterrorism Committee at the Ministry of Interior.

“You want to demonstrate your view about the (LGBTQ) situation, demonstrate it in a society where it will be accepted,” he said. “We realise that this man got the ticket, comes here to watch the game, not to demonstrate, a political (act) or something which is in his mind.

“Watch the game. That’s good. But don’t really come in and insult the whole society because of this.”…

Maj Gen Al Ansari said he is not telling LBGTQ fans to stay away from Qatar or warning them they will face prosecution.

“Reserve the room together, sleep together – this is something that’s not in our concern,” he said. “We are here to manage the tournament. Let’s not go beyond the individual personal things which might be happening between these people… this is actually the concept.

“Here we cannot change the laws. You cannot change the religion for 28 days of World Cup.”…

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