Qatar's crown prince subject of execution talk

"The Crown Prince of Qatar should be stoned to death for being gay, according to Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim fundamentalist scholar who is based in Qatar," reported UK gay group OUTRAGE on August 5. [see previous posting for more on al-Qaradawi.]

On August 2 Al-Jazeera reported that 25 year old Crown Prince Tameem Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar had been banned from a gay nightclub in Britain after getting into a fight with his lover.

The UK gay group Outrage complained: "Aljazeera has effectively outed the Crown Prince to a worldwide audience. It puts his freedom and life in danger."

"This is a clear example of how fundamentalist clerics like Dr Qaradawi incite the execution of lesbian and gay people," said Aaron Saeed, Muslim spokesperson for OutRage!

The Al-Jazeera story however has disappeared and is only available in cached form, as has the IslamOnline story, leading some to wonder whether this wasn't a fabrication designed to destabilize the government of Qatar. (The story of course, has propagated throughout the Internet.)

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