Saudi Arabia Bans Rainbow Games: They “urge homosexuality”

An official said the articles “contradict Islamic faith and public morals and promote homosexual colors by targeting younger generations.” The Ministry of Commerce separately tweeted that its teams were confiscating “products containing symbols and signs that call for circumvention and are contrary to common sense.” In December, authorities in neighboring Qatar announced that they had confiscated rainbow-coloured toys and other toys from stores because they carried “emblems contrary to Islamic values”.

Homosexuality is punishable by flogging or the death penalty.

Although the Sunni Muslim system in Saudi Arabia has no laws on sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual relations outside marriage, including same-sex sex, are strictly prohibited. According to the state’s interpretation of Islamic law, voluntary homosexual behavior is punishable by death or flogging, depending on the gravity of the case.

It is also illegal for a man to “act like women” or wear women’s clothing, and vice versa, and it is forbidden to engage in online activities that violate “public order, religious values, public morals and privacy.”

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