Tuesday, September 25, 2007

There Are No Gays In Iran? Just Look Up.

So said Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia yesterday:
"In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country...In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don't know who has told you that we have it."

That might be because he's hoping to execute them all.

I'm stunned this man receives a warm reception anywhere in the United States. I'm also trying to understand why the idea of clearing your country of homosexuals ("judenrein," anyone?) or denying they exist even in the face of sickening photos like that above, is considered a "viewpoint." As in, "we should create a university environment where all viewpoints can be heard."

Someone enlighten me.

photo courtesy of sodomylaws.org

UPDATE: Vigilante has a good piece on the Columbia appearance:

And also some thoughts over at BaseballCrank:



Geoff said...

I believe I read it best said elsewhere.

"I do not mind when they allow a controversial speaker to speak his mind. If nothing else, it reminds us of what we are trying to avoid becoming."

Vigilante said...

It was just a poor translation, E.

The Ajad-man actually said,

"We don't have any gays living in Iran like in your country."

Just one word was omitted.