by Amr al Otaibi (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 46, No. 4, Ramadan, 1438)
In the West, this would not be big news but in Saudi Arabia it would cause an earthquake: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is gay. His wife, Farah al-Fayez, has filed for divorce in a London court. The story was first reported by the Kuwait daily, al-Qabas, last September but it has resurfaced again.
Ms. Fayez said her ex-husband had been enmeshed in public disgrace by taking part in “obnoxious male parties in Thailand.” She said she and her four children were devastated. “My worst nightmare has materialized; I received the shock of my life by finding undeniable proof and Adel has finally admitted it himself… I believe any marital crisis is dreadful, but the discovery that you have a homosexual and mendacious husband can throw your whole world into a tailspin…”
Will there be an announcement from the royal court that al-Jubeir has been sentenced to death by stoning?
Amr al Otaibi
Chicago, IL, US