Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts

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Published Friday, March 9, 2012

At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said.

Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend.

"The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger," the statement read.

"They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities," it continued.

Religious extremists caught onto the interior ministry statement, and have been harassing and killing teenagers with "strange" or "emo" appearances.

A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists.

The armed men are said to belong to “one of the most extremist religious groups” in Iraq.

“First they throw concrete blocks at the boy's arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again,” one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.

Iraq's moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry's statement.

The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges "between 90 and 100."

"What's most disturbing about this is that they're so young," she said.

Al-Bayaty said the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected "there's complicity of the Ministry of Interior in the killings."

Photos of the victims were released on Facebook, causing panic and fear among Iraqi students.

A young man with long hair expressed alarm at the government-ordained harassment of teenagers with Western appearances.

“I have long hair but that doesn't mean I'm an Emo. I'm not less of a man if I have long hair. Let's not say that if I have long hair, I'm a homosexual, but I have long hair because this is my style, this is me," he told Iraq's Al-Sharqiya television network.

Below is the full Al-Sharqiya report in Arabic:

Safiyyah al-Suhail, an MP, said on Thursday that "some students have been recently arrested because they were wearing American jeans or had Western haircuts."

The interior ministry has not disclosed the number of teenage victims, but released a follow-up statement on Thursday warning extremists "not to step on public freedom of Iraqis."

News of the gruesome deaths drew a stern reaction from Iraq's prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who criticized the stoning of the young men as "an act of terrorism."

Below is the full English translation of the Iraqi interior ministry's inflammatory statement (original Arabic here):

The Director of the Moral Police of the Interior Ministry released a statement, saying "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger."

'Emo' comes from the English word 'emotional' and the phenomenon is popular among teenagers not only in Iraq, but in most societies. They use their appearances and movements as a method to express their emotions and embody their will and their view of life in their behavior.

Colonel Mushtaq Taleb al-Mahemdawi said: "The Emo Phenomenon was discovered a while back by members of our force in Baghdad. A report has been made and given to the Ministry of Interior to receive an approval to carry on with the investigation and to know how to eliminate the phenomenon."

He added: "The Ministry of Interior took this situation very seriously and received an approval from the Ministry of Education to set a plan under my full supervision and to allow us to enter schools in the capital."

"There are some cases of the spread of this phenomenon specifically among schools in Baghdad, but we are facing great difficulty in the lack of women on the force who would allow us to carry the investigation more accurately since the phenomenon is more popular among girls between the ages of 14 and 18."

"They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationary that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities."



The Nazi's were socialist. Back in the 1940's in Germany they gave their car companies to the unions. Instituted national health care. They even started a race war, as well as a class war. Above a certain income? Obviously stolen from someone. Sound familiar ? Now they're called New Socialists but they still use the swastika and hate jews. Obama loves this stuff. Don't worry... it's not coming here. Already is. Just a matter of time before it becomes obvious.

Godwin's law

Nazis == radical leftists.

Typical communist.

And I don't get what you have against NAZIs, as fascism and your ideology has only one real difference between them.


U r sick. God help u.

god loves you she really does

And we're supposed to believe these people are civilized when teenagers are killed with rocks for a hair cut? Animals. Just animals.

I believe this story should be given to every middle school and high school kid in America. They need to be reminded just how good they have it here! They can be who they are, and not be killed for it!

Give Obama another term and his czars will make sure this starts happening here.

I'm a conservative and I don't think Obama would do anything of the kind. You stone someone to death in the US for a haircut and watch what happens.

No! Obama has, however, given out the names of the rich and encouraged the occupy on wall street croud to be violent.

No Obama will have them stoned for being rich. This is almost what is happening now.

And if Obama and his Demoblicans don't get another term, the Republicrats will provide their own man to finish the job. If you seriously believe there is any difference between the two parties that is worth a damn, then you are more to be pitied than laughed at. The real battle is between freedom and tyranny and both sides have done their utmost to further entrench the latter.

Because Obama is so socially conservative? Whaaat?


Are you kidding right? A few posts up I read a radical religious, right winger say that we should start stoning children in the US too. You do realize that from a rational, independent perspective you people are absolutely INSANE.

Go cry, emo kid

May the iraqi youth rise for true freedom and fight off the cavemen.....

So you think this is a fake story? True or False is of no matter, what is true with out fail is that the practice of stoning as punishment still exists, yes religous men kill other humans with rocks, for what they deem to be right. Murder is murder.

Killing in the name of "man," and rejecting God's Word - the Bible.

It's happening in America, it's baby murder under the name abortion.

32 million. America's holocaust. America didn't even do it because of funny haircuts, they did it because they valued their convenience above someone's life. Period.

With that attitude you obviously have never been impregnated by a rapist in a dark ally.

So you value the life of an unborn foetus who is incapable of rational thought and fails to be categorized as a person under any definition other than potentialism (which in itself has no backing and cannot stand under logical consideration) over the life of the mother?

Imagine this:
You wake up in the morning and find yourself back-to-back in bed with an unconscious violinist. a famous unconscious violinist. he has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers had canvassed all the available medical records and found that you alone have the right blood type to help. They therefore have kidnapped you and last night the violinist's circulatory system was plugged into yours, so that your kidneys can be used to extract poisons from his blood as well as your own. The director of the hospital tells you "Look, we're sorry they did this to you - we would never have permitted it if we had known. But still, they did it, and the violinist is now plugged into you. to unplug you would be to kill him. But never mind, it's only for nine months. By then he would have recovered from his ailment, and can be safely unplugged from you."
But what if it wasn't nine months? What if it was a life time? If the doctor said "Tough luck, I agree, but now you've got to stay in bed, with the violinist plugged into you for the rest of your life. Because remember this. All persons have a right to life, and the violinist is a person. Granted you have a right to decide what happens in and to your body, but a person's right to life outweighs your right to decide what happens in and to your body. So you cannot ever be unplugged from him."
[Example: The Famous Violinist by Judith Jarvis Thompson]

American holocaust? Abortion should be free will. God will judge is in the end so anything we do should be up to us as individuals as god intended. He doesn't judge us as a nation. And about this incident, I feel it right that America shouldn't fight for any more countries that are a
Bad investment! I'm tired of seeing my friends sacrifice their
Lives for people who don't appreciate their people's lives all around the world. Any other country that has a lot
Of Muslim influence kill Christians in mass genocide, look at east and south eastern Africa!

This is a ridiculous comment & has absolutely NOTHING to do with this unfortunate story! I'm a born-again Christian from the South & this is why ppl hate us. We ramble on crazy tangents making ourselves sound irrelevant. Comment about the story, comment about barbarism, have some intellect, and make a relevant comment to this article! This has nothing to do w/ abortion & has everything to do with people having no decency!

This is a horrible situation that is not US-Isreali propaganda, but insanity from a region that is living with arcane practices. This is truly disgusting, dispicable, & deplorable.

way to break out the3 D's! Things have not gone well over there since obama started pussyfooting aroind over there

way to break out the3 D's! Things have not gone well over there since obama started pussyfooting aroind over there

Finally some rational thought. Well said my brother.

You anti-abortion people make me laugh

You pro-abortion people make me sad.

Why do they make you laugh ?

Because they compare abortion, which is done for a variety of reasons and in most cases doesn't involve killing a conscious life form or inflicting pain, to the merciless stoning of teenagers and the holocaust. It's an absurd comparison, and anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows it. Yes, you anti-abortion people make most of America laugh with your absurdity. Argue against abortion from a reasonable standpoint, shut up with the hyperbole.

"...doesn't involve killing a conscious life form or inflicting pain..."

How do you know this?

only the cruelest of savage people like abortion.

Yeah. That makes sense. So, if I knock you in the head and you're unconscious, I can kill you and it won't be murder, cause you will at that particular point in time be an unconscious life form. Let's do it.

You are so wrong that the fetus isn't living and doesn't feel pain. That has been scientifically established and documented over and over again. I am not in any way addressing the moral question of whether or not abortion should or shouldn't be legal. Please understand that.

How do you know unborn babies feel no pain? You sir, are an absolute idiot.

They don't develop a central nervous system until 18-22 weeks.

Yet the pigs you eat have the intellectual capacity of a three year old.

While you are correct about the different circumstances and motivations, you are speaking from ignorance when you claim, "in most cases doesn't involve killing a conscious life form or inflicting pain." This is incorrect. With the exception of extracting a deceased fetus, in all other cases performing an abortion kills a living human and does inflict a tremendous amount of pain on the fetus until its death.

More Islamic savagery.

At least Juiaism and Christianity evolved hundreds of years ago into peaceful faiths.

Not so Islam - and with nukes we don't have hundreds of years to wait for them to.

JJ- "At least Judaism and Christianity evolved years ago into peaceful faiths." Really? With all due respect, u think Christianity 'evolved' into a peaceful faith? Read the Christian scriptures in their entirety and in context and tell me how the true Christian faith has ever been anything short of peaceful. Certainly unpeaceful things have been done in the name of Christ, but that is more a reflection of those who have violated the teachings of the faith than they r of the faith itself. There is one God and one true faith. Jesus, the Messiah of the Jews, came to give Himself as the sacrifice for the sins of all people who would place their total trust in Him - regardless of whether they identified themselves as Jews or anything else. Because of Jesus' sacrifice, those who follow Him will not have to pay the penalty for.their sins (Hell) because Jesus has already paid the price for them. Repent of your sins and believe the good news that Jesus died for your sins and rose again that u may have peace with God, peace within yourself, and peace with others. God loves u.

Matthew 10:34
Luke 12:51-52

The only reason we don't stone people in america is we seperated church and state. Christians were doing these very same barbaric things and would still be had we started as a Christian government instead of a government with seperation of Church and State.

Study history and you will see that The Protestants created the idea of separation of church and state to protect the church from the state. Before then, there had never been a society without a state religion. Reformation Christians (including Calvin) were the champions of separating the church, as an institution, from the state. Yet Christ is the king of them both!

The purpose of reference to religion in first amendment is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government, The Finding Fathers did not want a state sponsored religion such as in England where the populace were required to be the same religion as the king/queen. What you call separation oaf church and state (something not mentioned within the Constitution) is a result of courts determining their rulings from case law rather than constitutional law, It's odd that past presidents who were involved with the writing of the constitution have conducted religious services within the capital building. Obviously the courts seem to think they have a better idea of what the originators meant.

Do you actually make this stuff up or does it just come spewing out of your mouth on its own?

There is no "separation of church and state" in the constitution. It states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." what that means is that Congress will not make a law forming a "Chruch o f the United States" like England did with the "Church of England". People always reduce this to the phrase "separation of church and state" which is not accurate.

Your comment is blatantly ignorant. Check the facts.

hey DC your the one that is wrong. there is noseperation of church and state. whats in thats in there is no state in your religion. not no religion in the state.

You can't even follow the bouncing ball. You just belittled your own. Fact man. HHAHAHHAHAHHAHAhHHJHAHHHAHAHAHHAHHHHHHAHA

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