Brunei sounds like Hell, or at least it will do until the real thing comes along. Brunei, a country on the island of Borneo, recently passed a truly horrific law, stating that Muslims who are gay will be stoned, or whipped to death, if found out. The same punishment also goes for sodomy, rape, or adultery. Bear in mind, this is a country where the law prescribes amputation of a hand or foot for stealing a loaf of bread.
Actor and human rights activist George Clooney has called for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels in retaliation. RawStory:
“Every single time we stay at or take meetings at or dine at any of these nine hotels we are putting money directly into the pockets of men who choose to stone and whip to death their own citizens for being gay or accused of adultery,” Clooney wrote on website Deadline Hollywood.
“I’ve learned over years of dealing with murderous regimes that you can’t shame them. But you can shame the banks, the financiers and the institutions that do business with them and choose to look the other way,” he added.
The nine hotels are located in the US, Britain, France and Italy.
This is a good proposal and a good beginning. It’s also good that American citizens are taking a firm moral stance on this issue, since our government can’t seem to cope with this crisis, any better than it’s coping with anything else right now.