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."



It appears people such as the "moral" police use the name of God as an excuse to kill anyone they do not agree with. No wonder most other civilizations find the middle east appalling as we do not subscribe to this type of barbaric uneducated behavior.

"More people are killed in the name of "God" than anything". That is an incredibly popular but very false statement. Spend a little time researching that and you will coome to the same conclusion.

No, people are not killing in the name of God. Get that straight. They are killed because some people are just evil. That is best described as the absence of God.

While it may be true in certain recent and current Muslim dictatorships, such as Iran, Hussein's Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and elsewhere that the state and private groups have killed more people in the name of Allah than for any other reason. But for shear numbers, it is very hard to top the tens, if not hundreds of millions, of innocent people killed for political and social reasons (ethnic cleansing) in the name of the state in Hitler's Germany, Stalin's U.S.S.R, Mao tse tung's People's Republic of China, and Lon Nol's Cambodia.

According to the Encyclopedia of Wars (2004) which documents 1,763 conflicts throughout history, only 123 of then (7%) involved religious conflict.

Wrong. More people are killed in the name of "Allah".

Correction: more people are killed in the name of "Allah" then anything else

No, "taint." More people are killed in the name of Allah. An important distinction.

Correction: more people are killed in the name of "Allah" then anything else

I sure am getting sick of hearing this stupid and false statement. More people have been killed in the name of ATHEISM in the last hundred years than all of the martyrs of the previous 20 centuries combined. Opinions are only good when based on REALITY.

Actually it's your statement that is stupid and false.

The reason you just regurgitated this statement instead of trying to justify it is that there is NO iron clad link between Atheism and Fascism/Communism.

The position that there is no god has NOTHING to say about epistemology, ethics, or politics or aesthetics. It isn't even a complete metaphysical view in and of itself.

So, even by your own measure, your opinion isn't based on reality, so it's no good.


Okay. Where to start?

Communism will do I suppose. So, communism is a necessarily totalitarian sociopolitical philosophy that depends entirely upon the denial of any authority superior to the state and must therefore deny and supplant any religious beliefs held by its subjects. Clearly then, mass killings or wars waged by communists are entirely secular. This may not be acceptable to you as an "ironclad" link but its existence is undeniable.

Fascism is a tool used to enforce whatever sociopolitical phisosophy to which any particular state subscribes and has no relevance to religious beliefs except where it is used to enforce religious views, as in Islam, or extirpate then as in Atheist or communist states. Fascism is most often used to establish and maintain totaliarian regimes as any review of modern history will verify. It is unfortunately true that too many religious persons, like Mohammed for instance, believe that their particular religons are so perfect that totaliarian methods like fascism are justified in bringing their particular salvation to mankind. My personal view is that religions that stoop to fascism to enforce their particular beliefs are not worthy of my support. But then I'm with Marx in that I'm wary of belonging to any organization that actively wants me as a member.

Atheism in its purest form asserts not only that there is no divinity but that any belief in such divinity is always detrimental to mankind as has been stated repeatedly by a number of prominent atheists. Until fairly recently Atheism has had a xort of saving grace in that it has been unable to muster the support of the American government. If you identify yourself as an atheist then it would seem that you have neglected the history and literature of your particular faith.

Personally, I take the agnostic position that I know nothing of this "Ghod" person and further that neither do you or anyone else. My view necessarily relies on direct knowledge rather than the less reliable inferred or, worse yet, second hand sorts. Agnosticism fits all the facts that are available to me and does not require me to believe things that I cannot know as do Judiasm, Islam, Christianity and all other religions including Atheism. What's that? Not a faith? I would point out that Atheism, like virtually all religions, demands that its adherents believe in something that neither its priests nor its practicioners can prove.

Well while there may not be an iron-clad link, Communism and Fascism certainly use Atheism as a tool to eliminate the church as a competitor for fealty. And as we've all learned over the last few years, the fact that anyone uses your particular belief system to further a political theory or agenda makes you and your belief directly responsible for their actions. Hence the canard that Christianity--and by extension, Christians--is responsible for mass murder and genocide throughout the modern era.

And your source for the sear knowledge that this is not true is ..............................................

Lumping everyone who believes in God together, are we? Typical sloppy thinking. Go back to school and learn some proper reasoning skills, because you sound like an idiot.

Sorry Taint, but the two biggest mass murders in history were by Stalin, an atheist and Hitler, an occultist.

Sorry guys, Hitler was a Catholic. I know the church tries to deny it, but he was.

Sorry guys, Hitler was a Catholic. I know the church tries to deny it, but he was.

Don't forget Mao and Pol Pot.

But the difference is that their main reasons for killing were not only religion!
The worldwars were about might and everything that comes along with it in first place...

Please don't forget to include the continuing eradication/murder of the Buddhist Tibetans (who continually beg for US intervention) by the Chinese.

Chairman Mao Tse Tung was raised Buddhist and killed approximately 60M. Uncle Joe Stalin wasn't too far behind that, he was atheist of course. Hitler came nowhere close to that pair.

Well, the communist Chinese under Mao killed millions as well. Collectivism in various forms, takes God from the people to Control them.

This incident is just another demonstration of the dangers of religious superstition. People are called evil for daring to be different. Disgusting!

Obama should immediately apologize for America's spreading "Western Influence", especially the "Emo" style. He should also arrest and execute Justin Beiber.

EmObama must arrest and execute all Emo crusaders, beginning with Cher!

Sad- 90 killed. Bah-That's nothing compared to the 80,000 killed by the friendly, liberal, democratic, Christian US army.

To quote Arnold from hi movie True Lies: "Yes, but they were all bad"

Are you stupid? The US Army is secular, if it were of God it would come after YOU right now. MAN is evil by his very nature and armies belong to him.

It's a good thing we spent trillions of dollars and murdered a million Iraqis to spread some USA style democracy on them.

A million?! Where are you getting your info? Idiot.

You got that right. Oh, you were being sarcastic weren't you?

Make sure to believe everything you hear. Especially from a site like this. Looks real legit.

The US State Department under President George Bush placed a UN official and an Iraqi cleric in charge of drafting the new constitution which formed a theocracy.
To the exiled Christians and other longsuffering people of Iraq, and to the families of these murdered children, our own Dr. Phil might ask rhetorically" "How's that working for you?"

Just when you thought you could not blame George Bush for something else....

Anything but accountability, right?

Lets keep trying to waste lives,time,money to try convert antisocialists,lesson of lessor of two evils.They got Gods answer,everybody must get stoned" Get our people out of thier land,Thats what they want,more then happy to ablidge.They're not curious that Jesus will have last say,I know I dont.I am with sin.To murder is worse of the crimes.They know not what they do?Enoughs enough.Times are evil,the Love of many has waxed cold.We can only protect our freedom.Stop letting them infringe upon us there 'Tolerance bullshit.Pray for them.Is this the way? Murder is against the law-of God

I don't believe this story for a second. More American propaganda to justify an unjustifiable war .

More Libturds thinking Islam is the religion of peace and tolerance. Try a couple of tours of duty in the middle east little libturd and see the violence and intolerance with your own libturd eyes.

Been there Done that...and for what???

I'm sorry but, yes, it is true. The Canon Andrew White has been keeping us updated as he visits many of the churches in the area. There are many mourning the loss of loved ones so young, killed so brutally. Many of them have been Christian as well. The youth are terrified in Baghdad. Don't allow ignorance to hurt these families more after such senseless tragedy by claiming it's too far fetched to have happened.

Some years ago i thought of Islam as a religion on the same level as the other two great religions: Judaism and Christianism. No longer...Islam is a cult. Pure and simple. What else can be said when a book is valued more than an innocent human life.

Why do you preface the word human with the word innocent?


All religions are do that. They all put a book above a life. Only reason that isn't happening here is because we have separation of church and state

can you be any more of an ass?

can you be any more of an ass?

It is happening here, it's due to us rejecting the Bible, and it's called baby murder, AKA "abortion."

Wow, you have a revisionist view of history. Tell me - when did all of these killings occur BEFORE the artificial wall of separation was erected in 1948? And while you're at it - tell me about all of those terrorist Christians who fly planes into buildings. Or enlighten me of all the Christian terrorist groups that perform female genital mutilation. If you're claiming this country is different because of this so-called separation, what do you make of the inroads of Sharia law into our culture? To even remotely suggest a moral equivalence between these stone-age barbarians and America is absurd. Yes, this is a great country, which is why we need to take it back from the Muslim Socialist in Chief.

Joe Stack was Christian...

Skippy, yes we put a book above life. Perhaps that is why Christians condem abortion. Get your facts straight before you open your mouth.

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