Al Ansari and FIFA disagree about allowing Rainbow flags

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Rainbow flags could be taken from fans at the World Cup in Qatar to protect them from being attacked for promoting “gay” rights, a senior leader overseeing security for the tournament told The Associated Press.


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Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari insisted that LGBTQ “couples” would be welcomed and accepted in Qatar for the November 21-December 18 FIFA showpiece despite same-sex relations remaining criminalized in the conservative Gulf nation*.

*Despite sodomy being illegal in the Moslem country of Qatar, for the prestige of hosting the World Cup, Ansari says the sodomites will be welcomed in Qatar. It shows no matter how many things false religions may get right, they always falter because they are all man-made and Devil-inspired. Only the Catholic Church is fully right on all faith and morals questions.. — Editor

But Al Ansari is against the overt promotion of LGBTQ freedoms as symbolized by the rainbow flag that FIFA and World Cup organizers had previously said would be welcome across Qatar’s eight stadiums.

“If he (a fan) raised the rainbow flag and I took it from him, it’s not because I really want to, really, take it, to really insult him, but to protect him,” Al Ansari told the AP. “Because if it’s not me, somebody else around him might attack (him) … I cannot guarantee the behavior of the whole people. And I will tell him: ‘Please, no need to really raise that flag at this point.’”

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Al Ansari is director of the Department of International Cooperation and Chairman of the National Counterterrorism Committee at the Ministry of Interior where he discussed World Cup planning for an hour with the AP.

“You want to demonstrate your view about the (LGBTQ) situation, demonstrate it in a society where it will be accepted,” he said. “We realize that this man got the ticket, comes here to watch the game, not to demonstrate, a political (act) or something which is in his mind.

“Watch the game. That’s good. But don’t really come in and insult the whole society because of this.”

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said this week in Doha that “everyone will see that everyone is welcome here in Qatar, even if we speak about LGBTQ.”*

*It’s funny how FIFA over a decade ago, promoted Kick Racism Out of Football; a great cause, which has degenerated into Kick It Out of Football. Yet another issue where race has been used to shoehorn in sodomite causes. –Editor

Al Ansari said he is not telling LBGTQ fans to stay away from Qatar or warning them of facing prosecution.

“Reserve the room together, sleep together — this is something that’s not in our concern,” he said. “We are here to manage the tournament. Let’s not go beyond, the individual personal things which might be happening between these people … this is actually the concept.

“Here we cannot change the laws. You cannot change the religion for 28 days of World Cup.”*

*The laws may not be changing, but they will not be enforced for the duration of the tournament. –Editor

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When it was pointed out that visiting fans and teams could take offense to the comments, Al Ansari said he did not view himself as being discriminatory.

“I am risking … a minority view against a majority,” he said. “We have to be close to the problem before it erupts and gets out of control. … If somebody attacks you, then I have to get involved and it will be too late.”

Qatari official: Rainbow flags may be taken to protect fans  The Associated Press

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