Bowing to the dominant religious elements in his Shia Party, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced today a complete ban on opposite-sects marriage.
Stating that “marriage” should be strictly¬†defined as between a Shia and a Shia, or between two Sunnis, Maliki also came out against civil unions between opposite sects, in favor of civil war.
The frenzy against opposite-sects unions was also¬†whipped up by the radical cleric, Moktada al-Falwell, who claimed that the U.S. occupation of Iraq was Allah’s way of punishing such blasphemies.
Sunni politicians also supported this move, saying that if you allow opposite sects to marry, it’s just a slippery slope to a marriage between an Arab and his goat, or worse, a Jew.
However, one Iraqi politician, Sunni Vice President Dickwahd al-Cheney, was exposed as a hypocrite on this issue, since his daughter is married to a Shiite.¬† Questioned about this contradiction on the Al Jazeera program, The Shiite-uation Room, al-Cheney replied by asking¬†the host if he’d like to live to see another Ramadan, and bragged that he had once tossed an IED in an old man’s face.
Although¬†sectarian conflicts continue to bitterly divide the Iraqi government, all sects did manage to put their differences aside to¬†unanimously pass a¬†law legalizing gay marriage.¬† As the speaker of the Iraqi Parliament said: “Whaddya’ think, we’re still living in the Seventh Century?”
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