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The latest issue of Inspire magazine, al Qaeda’s English-language propaganda rag, hit the Interwebs last night, and it’s just as quirky and brooding as previous issues.
Besides rebuking France for its military intervention in Mali or calling for the kill or capture of Florida pastor Terry Jones, the issue takes direct aim at Barack Obama and a “majority” of Catholics for supporting “same-sex relationships.”
A darkened image of Obama features the somewhat erroneous quote from the president: “My stance is still evolving … I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” (Not like it matters, but those two remarks were not stated in the same interview.) Below the quote is an image of U.S. bishops next to the factoid, “LESS THAN A QUARTER OF U.S. CATHOLICS ATTEND MASS EVERY WEEK … MAJORITY SUPPORT SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS.”
Perhaps most disturbingly, the magazine features a side graphic that reads “JUST MARRIED” in blood-stained letters next to an image of former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank and his husband Jim Ready. The image appears to be a Photoshopped version of a photograph taken by the New York Times at Frank’s wedding in July of last year. Below the image, the script reads “Barney Franks, Gay Congressman, Symbol of the American Dream.”
Apparently, the “Vanity Fair of terrorism” is adopting gay-baiting as its latest tactic.
Elsewhere in the latest issue, it accuses France of only caring about liberties for gays and fornicators.
“Does Bashar Al-Asad [sic] respect human rights which France claims to defend?” reads an essay by Abu Abdillah Almoravid. “Where is it from the massacres in Burma? Where is it from Palestine which is bombarded day and night? Which freedom and rights is it talking about? The freedom of living in peace with adequate resources? Or the freedom of adultery, homosexuality, interest and other impurities?”
Uri Friedman is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, he reported for the Christian Science Monitor, worked on corporate strategy for Atlantic Media, helped launch the Atlantic Wire, and covered international affairs for the site. A proud native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he studied European history at the University of Pennsylvania and has lived in Barcelona, Spain and Geneva, Switzerland.| The List |
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| Passport |