Ali Ahmad Asseri, a ranking Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles has a real problem. He’s been outted as a gay with a Jewish woman friend. Asseri rightfully asserts that: “My Life is in danger”. He has two strikes against him in Wahhabiland – the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has demanded his return. Asseri is seeking asylum from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to avoid the Cruel and Usual Punishment for being gay under Sharia. That punishment can range from death by hanging or toppling of walls on convicted gays in Iran to serious flogging and imprisonment and worse in Asseri’s homeland.
Treatment of Gays in Islam is hypocritical and dangerous. Pedophilia is endemic in Arab culture as there is no pre-marital same sex prohibition.
Note this comment from the PBS Frontline documentary, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan:
Known as “bacha bazi” (literal translation: “boy play”), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new “masters.” […]
“I go to every province to have happiness and pleasure with boys,” says an Afghan man known as “The German,” who acts as a bacha bazi pimp, supplying boys to the men. “Some boys are not good for dancing, and they will be used for other purposes. … I mean for sodomy and other sexual activities.”
Here is the NBC investigative report by Michael Isikoff about Asseri’s perilous status:
The diplomat, Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, has informed U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials that Saudi officials have refused to renew his diplomatic passport and effectively terminated his job after discovering he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman.
In a recent letter that he posted on a Saudi website, Asseri angrily criticized his country’s “backwardness” as well as the role of “militant imams” in Saudi society who have “defaced the tolerance of Islam.” Perhaps most provocatively of all, he has threatened to expose what he describes as politically embarrassing information about members of the Saudi royal family living in luxury in the U.S.
If he is forced to go back to Saudi Arabia — as Saudi officials are demanding — Asseri says he could face political persecution and even death.
“My life is in a great danger here and if I go back to Saudi Arabia, they will kill me openly in broad daylight,” Asseri said Saturday in an email to NBC.
In a recent interview, Asseri and his lawyer said that the Saudi diplomat was questioned by a Department of Homeland Security official in Los Angeles on Aug. 30 after formally applying for asylum on the grounds that he is a member of a “particular social group” — gays — that would subject him to persecution if he returns to his home country.
Officials at DHS in Washington as well as the Saudi Embassy in Washington and the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles did not respond to requests for comment.
Perhaps it is time for Dr. Ali Alyami, executive director of the Washington, DC Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia to swing into action. If Alyami is concerned about human rights for Saudi national Asseri, then perhaps he might assist in pleading the latter’s case before DHS. Otherwise if the Obama Administration nixes Asseri’s asylum request in order to maintain favor with the Royal Saudi regime in Riyadh, Asseri could be in for a dire fate if he returns home.