ISIS Propaganda Claims Gays Are 'Pedophiles,' 'Animals'

ISIS Propaganda Claims Gays Are 'Pedophiles,' 'Animals'

The terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has already made headlines for its acts of violence and indiscriminate murder, including publishing videos that claim to show the beheading of American and British journalists and aid workers. 

So it comes as no surprise that the radical, militant group also believes gay people are a danger to the public, the "worst of all creatures," and on par with "pedophiles." 

In a recruitment video first posted online in late March, a masked ISIS fighter tells Muslims that they should emigrate to ISIS-controlled regions in the Middle East to lend their various skills to the  ISIS cause, lest their children attend school with gay teachers. 

The video was posted to YouTube by the Middle East Media Research Center, reports the Washington Blade. That Washington, D.C.-based LGBT outlet rightly notes that the antigay name-calling in the ISIS video pales in comparison to "the brutality demonstrated by ISIS in other messages." 

Nevertheless, the propaganda video belies a strong antigay sentiment. The Blade also notes that ISIS has implemented Sharia law in regions it controls — which includes death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality. 

Claiming that Muslims sending their children to school in "infidel [kafir] countries" will have no control over those children, the end of the eight-minute propaganda video warns about the dangers of gay teachers. 

"Who is gonna teach your children?" asks the fighter. "It's gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile. You know? So it's very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people. ... Allah says that they are the worst of creatures. You prefer to live among the worst of creatures than live among the mujaheddin ... make your decision."

The video identifies the speaker as former British soccer player Abu Isa Andaluzi, but the Blade notes that British intelligence has since learned that the fighter in the video is a Portuguese citizen, 29-year-old Celso Rodrigues de Costa. 

The Blade was the first LGBT outlet to post and report on the video, whereas The Advocate has decided not to embed the video itself. You can watch it here.

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