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We Are Known By The Company We Keep.

By way of the fun site “The Map Scroll” where I came across them, I offer you some disturbing maps from Esquire politics blog, which tell their own story. For the first, my only observation is to ask where is the outrage from those Catholics who are so worked up about gay marriage – the death penalty is also directly contradicted by Church teaching.

Other than the US, these are the countries that still keep the death penalty. Impressive company?

Afghanistan, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Now compare with the next map: also some very impressive company.  Even the bishops will not criticize the injustice of this.

Countries that bar gays from serving in the military:

Cuba, China, Egypt, Greece, Iran, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Somalia, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, United States, Venezuela, and Yemen

Also see Esquire Politics Blog to see the countries that make both lists (yes, that includes the US), and the only country that retains the death penalty, but does accept gays in the military.

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