Ahmadinejad: ‘We Don’t Have Homosexuals’ in Iran – Same Country That Executed Two Gay Teens in 2005

Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaking today at Columbia University:

“In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that in our country. In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon. I do not know who has told you that we have it.”

July 2005:

Three weeks ago, two Iranian teenagers who had been imprisoned and mercilessly beaten, were finally executed by hanging in Iran for the crime of sex with another male, indeed, apparently it now seems within the context of a committed relationship. At that time, … The young guys, one of whom was under the age of 18 at the time of the execution and both of whom were under 18 at the time of their arrest, underwent more than a year in prison and were subjected to 228 lashes of a whip, before Iran robbed them of their young lives on Tuesday, July 19, 2005.

The teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni (yes, these two human beings had names), still call to me from their graves. I can hear their plaintive cries that we shall forget them and their deaths will be for naught.


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  • Nelson
    September 24, 2007 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Amenahanjob says there are no gays in Iran? Yeah, like there are no gays in Minneapolis. The barbarism of Iran is there for all the world to see, and the respect I never had for Amenahanjob has fallen to a new low. Give Iran TV, the Internet, and access to the outside world and there will be no more lies and one long gone dictator. But it will take time. We must remember, however, that the Middle Ages is alive and well in the Middle East, and we must not let our guard down!


  • TheDecider
    September 24, 2007 - 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Yes the hanging is barbaric, but I bet Bush wishes we had the same penalty for being gay. And look we have TV the internetS and we live under a dictatorship.

  • tpagy
    September 25, 2007 - 6:33 pm | Permalink

    All I can say is Matthew Sheppard and Ryan Skipper that you so Honorable Show his picture and how many others through out this country and we forget to Mention that this countrys allie Egypt is no Haven for Gays.

  • Ann
    September 26, 2007 - 9:12 pm | Permalink

    That photo brings it home in a way that mere words cannot. Those beautiful young men, those terrible ropes…How frightening their last minutes must have been.

    I won’t forget this image.

  • Nathan
    December 17, 2007 - 8:42 am | Permalink

    I cannot believe this….what would make people do things like this to another human being. Do people not realize that homosexuality has been around since the dawning of time…..men have been sleeping with men for centuries. It was common day practice with the Greeks, and the Romans. It was even customary with the knights of the round table. Only, back then they would have younger boys that were their lovers/partners. People in the 21st Century need to realize that something like homosexuality is not EVER going to go away, and that it is not a disease that they can cure. Homosexuality is a mindset that most people experience, and most people don’t. I know a lot of “Straight” people that think that they might just once try to be with the same sex, just once to atleast try it out….people just don’t understand how persecuted we really are as a minority group.


  • dakota
    December 17, 2007 - 1:04 pm | Permalink

    thank you

  • mehdi
    August 8, 2008 - 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Hello every body
    im an iranian and since i am living in iran i can pass a judge more realistically about this.
    you should know homosexuality is forbidden in islam and its penalty is death. anyway you must know most of the men who have sex with the other men are not homosexual but since they do not have access to girls they prefer to have with men. you should know in our culture this action is being hated by people like (free violating freedom in western countries) and most of the people back executing them.
    You should know every few people of people who have sex with other mens have executed and most of them become exculpated.
    if you come iramn you will see the image of iran made by western media is not realistic

  • kguffey
    August 30, 2008 - 11:13 am | Permalink

    I appreciate the differences in culture that mehdi(Aug 8, 2008)tried to point out. We should not try to impose the social moires of one culture onto anther (which, historically, is the American way), AND YET when do we address the undeniable rights of ALL people THROUGHOUT the world. It does not matter what “most of the people back”–what is unjust IS unjust no matter the numbers supporting the persecution. Examples: The Games at the Roman Coliseum, The Spanish Inqusition, the Salem Witch Trials,the Holocaust–and the list continues to modern day illustrations. We cry for the protection of women’s rights globally, we cry for the protection of children’s right globally, and each country cries for the protection of its own cultural rights–but when do we include the rights of EVERYONE to safely, and in a healthy manner, pursue what I think most often to be an issue that is not of choice but but of birth–gender identification. This is just one of many areas that I call “unalienable rights.” Sex is part of being human, part of being a member of the animal kingdom; just as food and safety are undeniable rights for everyone across the globe, so is a basic function such as sex with a mature and consenting partner.
    I write this as a straight woman who is tired of all the energy wasted on hatred and fear.

  • jeffrey owens
    August 30, 2008 - 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Mankind progresses onward and upward toward the Omega Point–

    (Unless, of course we slick the road down with the blood of youth,the bile of the righteous and the excrement of the fearful—Bubba Rinpoche)

    enough with fundamentalist and fundamentalism.

    and enough with the God Damned “Sodomy” Laws!

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