Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ahmadinejad on gays...the context makes him seem less delusional

and the "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country" quote. I'm surprised at the mainstream Progressive press for being so naive, not reading the actual transcript of the talk that Ahmadinejad gave at Columbia and instead pretending like he meant that he believes there are no gay people in Iran. Actually looking at the transcript it's apparent that he's saying something else, two things actually. First, when asked about how homosexuals are treated in Iran he goes off talking about how society's shouldn't tolerate illegal and corrupting activity and how countries are right to make those actions illegal---not directly saying homosexuality is a corrupting factor in society but implying it in basically every other way. Then when pressed about it by the person who didn't get the hint that that was what Ahmadinejad was talking about he said the quote. The way I read that is that he was declaring that Iran doesn't have stereotypical Fox-news type gays like they have in America.

Iran has capital punishment for gays and it's a morals crime that's looked for and prosecuted. However, as a bisexual person I don't want Iran's persecution of gays to be used as a pretext for invading another country and starting another war.

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