We all know just how much homosexuality is despised by Islamic countries and how the punishment is death under sharia law. It is also well known that in countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia that the death penalty has been imposed for the crime of being Gay. So it is of course not unusual for Muslim homosexuals to cite their sexuality as a reason to seek political asylum in western countries. And you know what I even agree that this is a valid reason to do so. However it is not beyond imagination to think that some people will claim to be homosexual just to get asylum when in fact they are not that way inclined at all. With this in mind I was rather shocked to discover that there are objections to the practice in Czech republic of putting a claimants sexuality to the test:
The EU has told Czech Republic to stop its controversial practice of trying to determine whether asylum seekers are gay by showing them blue movies to gauge their ‘sexual arousal’ levels.
Those subjected to what Czechs referred to as the ‘porno exam’ were men claiming asylum on the grounds they would be in danger in their homelands due to their sexuality.
If any of the applicants got aroused at the sight of men and women having sex they were automatically denied asylum rights.
A Prague interior minister spokesman said the tests had been valuable in determining whether men were really gay or not but the EU said they were clearly a breach of the human rights charter of the bloc.
The men were shown both ‘straight’ and gay porno films by Czech officials. Sensors were attached to the private parts, linked up to a computer, to test whether they were stimulated or not.
Why precisely is it wrong to test a claim of being homosexual in this or any other manner?
Or is this going to be another one of those instances when “self indentation” and an entirely subjective claim is incontestable even when so much turns on it? I support the notion of offering homosexuals from Muslim countries asylum but I don’t support the idea of giving asylum to those who pretend to be Gay until they get permanent residency or citizenship in a western country. The trick is to separate the genuine from the opportunistic liars here.