Chechnya: Muslim clerics call for “retribution” against journalists who revealed persecution of gays

“’It is obvious to us that this resolution is pushing religious fanatics to massacre journalists,’ said Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board.”

Yes. Specifically, Islamic jihadists.

When have you ever heard Jewish or Christian clerics, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of 15,000, calling for “retribution” against anyone? Yet moral equivalence allegations abound.

“Novaya Gazeta: Religious leaders encourage retaliation against journalists at Grozny mosque meeting,” Novaya Gazeta, April 14, 2017:

The newspaper Novaya Gazeta has urged the Russian government to respond to calls for retaliation against journalists voiced, the editors claim, by Islamic theologians in Chechnya on April 3.

The meeting in the central mosque of Grozny was convened in connection with the publication of Novaya Gazeta’s article on the persecution of homosexuals in the Chechen Republic. According to the publication Grozny-Inform, 15,000 people attended the meeting.

Meeting participants adopted a resolution in which they declared that the Novaya Gazeta journalists had “insulted the centuries-old foundations of Chechen society and the dignity of Chechen men,” as well as their faith. “We promise that the true instigators will be subjected to retribution, wherever and whoever they are, without statute of limitations,” the resolution read.

“It is obvious to us that this resolution is pushing religious fanatics to massacre journalists,” said Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board

Sources: Novaya Gazeta and Jihad Watch