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Ahmadinejad: "In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals"


Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an address at Columbia University this afternoon.

Ahmadinejad was asked a question about gay executions in Iran, which he attempted to avoid by referring to the death penalty in the United States, ignoring the sexuality aspect of the question completely. Moderator Dean Coatsworth kept on him however, and received this answer:

"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."

Ahmadinejad was then booed by the audience.

Of course, perhaps what Ahmadinejad really meant to say is...we get rid of them.

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  1. "...homosexuals like you have in your country."

    That may be the important part of what as a whole was an idiotic statement. I was reading about homosexuality in Turkey, and how Western style "gay" is being accepted by more Turkish homosexuals. They had their on traditions of same sex sex/love. Maybe Iran was the same, and the rise of a "gay consciousness" is being meant with brutal and barbaric penalities.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 24, 2007 4:27:58 PM

  2. The CREATIONISTS in the USA are *NOW* FUNDING anti-evolution STUDIES in IRAN and IRAQ.

    US Citizens are funding law challenges to denounce evolution.

    Creationists Fundamentalism and Islamic Fundamentalism are joining forces as we speak. Read the text ... he was speaking to them as well.

    From the 1st days after 9/11 my clearest thought was to worry about the facisct religious elements in our country (breath deep ... there are millions of them. Millions. That is reality.

    If they started joining in with the enemy of our nation ... are they then the enemy ?

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 24, 2007 4:29:48 PM

  3. And let's not forget all of his fun "Holocaust? WHAT holocaust?" blathering.

    The only reason this man was invited is that he hates Bush and the university expected him to spend his entire time bashing him.


    Christianity has gone though both a new testament and a reformation. Islam has not. Get with the 21st century, primate.

    Posted by: Jrez | Sep 24, 2007 4:32:03 PM

  4. Ahmadinejad probably thinks that homosexuality is a disease which only exists in decadent societies like the US.

    It's true that we all have free speech in the US to say whatever we want (thanks to the founding fathers), but shame on Columbia for giving this hatemonger a pulpit in the US and for publicizing his message.

    I think the anonymous poster above may be right when he said that the organizers invited him to speak because they expected him to speak out against Bush and the Iraqi War -- but this is more proof that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend. Someone should have told Sean Penn that as well before he went to Venezuela to praise Hugo Chavez

    Posted by: Meeg | Sep 24, 2007 4:34:15 PM

  5. The mad midget didn't just get booed there was a good amount of applause going on. These people make me laugh, sometimes giggle, that if even if he's a murdering terrorist loving nut as long as he bashes the US or Bush we have to love him. Ah the quislings!

    Posted by: ousslander | Sep 24, 2007 4:38:19 PM

  6. JREZ, expanding Christian mythology does not make it true.

    Posted by: JLS | Sep 24, 2007 4:40:57 PM

  7. "For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."

    - Thomas Jefferson

    Posted by: Rob | Sep 24, 2007 5:05:38 PM

  8. I just watched "the guy" on TV. It was amazing the audience first laughed ...He was completely lost , you should see his eyes ...He reminded me of Bush at some point!!

    "the guy " is scary, no doubt about that ....

    Posted by: taz389 | Sep 24, 2007 5:08:22 PM

  9. Christianity has gone though both a new testament and a reformation. Islam has not. Get with the 21st century, primate.

    My problem is with CREATIONIST CHRISTIANS... if you are NOT a creationist fundamentalist christian ... you should not take offense and be equally appauled by both Christian Fundamentalism and Islamic Fundamentalism. If you do not see that ... it is that needs to wake up to the fact that RELIGIOUS FUNDAMENTALISM - both Christian, Judeo, and Islamic (and any other form not yet created) is the ENEMY.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 24, 2007 5:25:35 PM

  10. Educated, whack job.

    Posted by: mattelboy | Sep 24, 2007 6:22:55 PM

  11. For once(and probably the only time ever) I agree with Bill Perdue's post.

    David....there is no snow ball effect...this man is killing American troops in Irag. He is paying for weapons to be used to kill Israelie women and children, he sponsers terror groups that maim and kill non-Muslims in the UK and other places. These are not accusations....they are facts. the last Iranian election this man came in third, behind the 2 moderates, then in the run-off he suddenly won an overwhelming vote....sound familier?....but in this guys case it really was a stolen election...preordained by the Supreme Leader of Iran.

    Anon....but Chomsky isn't in a position of power and actually killing gays and Arabs(non-persians)and Sunni's, this man is.

    Anonymous....sorry...But your President didn't go far enough. This isn't just the leader of a country we disagree with, this is a man who says there was no holocoust, that is sending Iranian men and arms into Iraq to kill American soldiers, that makes him an enemy combatant, with no right to speak anywhere in this country. I suppose you would have felt the same if Hitler or PolPot were invited to speak at Columbia? People above were right on the mark.....Columbia thought he would speak against Bush and the war thus fulfilling their favorite mastabatory fantasy.....ooops....they goofed. If your University was truely, as you say interested in free speech, then tell me why ROTC is not allowed to be on campus(where there are many students who wish to participte in it) and can't even come for job fairs, tell me why the leader of the Minutemen group was told he wasn't wanted to speak at a forumn at Columbia?????? But you Liberal hypocrite's can invite and then defend your choice, the President of Iran, a killer with gay and American blood on his hands to come and show how you value **free speech***......please, you make me gag.

    RJP3....your problem is your a racist/bigot, who has no clue as to what century your spouting your crap in. The religious fundies in this country are basically asswipes.....but they aren't hanging gays or killing people who don't believe the way they do.

    Posted by: Joshua | Sep 24, 2007 6:56:12 PM

  12. As the U.S. hurls itself and the rest of the world closer to war with Iran it was pertinent that "the enemy" speak to (and answer to) an intelligent American audience. However, the president of Columbia University should have introduced him without editorial, behaving as a host respectful to an invited guest, and then let the moronic worm dig himself deep into his own shithole. He can totally humiliate himself without additional assistance from his host. Somehow the public bashing of Ahmadinejad is not going to lead to anything good, he's humiliated and will seek revenge. He has proved himself an idiot and evil enough to be a powerful and absolute danger.
    Now I'm truly scared.

    Posted by: A.J | Sep 24, 2007 7:03:53 PM

  13. Columbia U. is a traitorous institution imo. There is no excuse to host this low life scum, who wants us all dead, both gay and straight Americans. Disgraceful.

    Posted by: Vi Agara | Sep 24, 2007 7:14:28 PM

  14. RJP3...."our problem is your a racist/bigot, who has no clue as to what century your spouting your crap in. The religious fundies in this country are basically asswipes.....but they aren't hanging gays or killing people who don't believe the way they do."

    Racist ?
    Bigot ?

    Honestly my comments may beliefs stated in that post may make me something ... but it is not or or the other of those. The reasons the anti-homosexual rhetoric is winning Repugs elections is that MANY CHRISTIANS are upset that laws that existed 50 years ago that prevented all of the above have been dropped or changed.

    Have no doubt the Christian Fundamentalists would like all those laws back in place ... and will work to strip away freedoms for sexually differnt members of society if they are allowed to. That is a fact.

    So they Christian Fundamentalist while not killing (except for THE KLAN now and then)work to harm others through legal and medical means.

    FUNDAMENTALISM is dangerous.
    Understanding FUNDAMENTALISM is key to winning the war against it.

    Saying Christian Fundamentalism is not as dangerous as the murderous ways of Islamic Fundamentalism is just WRONG as a FACT.

    Christian Fundamentalism has produced at least TWO VERY famous dangerous Home Grown Christian Fundamentalists

    ... one was a TERRORIST ... you may remember he bomb the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (as well as blew a gay bar and an abortion clinic).

    Eric Robert Rudolph (born September 19, 1966), also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is an American domestic terrorist,[2][3] who committed a series of bombings across the southern United States, which killed three people and injured at least 150 others. He declared that his bombings were part of a guerrilla campaign against abortion and what he describes as "the homosexual agenda."

    He spent years as the FBI's most wanted criminal fugitive, but was eventually caught. In 2005 Rudolph pleaded guilty to numerous federal and state homicide charges and accepted five consecutive life sentences in exchange for avoiding a trial and the death penalty. Rudolph was connected with the Christian Identity movement.

    Christian Identity is a label applied to a wide variety of loosely-affiliated churches with a racialized theology. Most of them promote a Eurocentric version of Christianity.

    Christian Identity's key commonality is British Israelism theology, which teaches that white Europeans are the literal descendants of the Israelites through the ten tribes that were taken away into captivity by the armies of Assyria.

    Furthermore, the teaching holds that these (White European) Israelites are still God's Chosen People, that Jesus was an Israelite of the tribe of Judah, and that modern Jews are not at all Israelites nor Hebrews but are instead descended from Turco-Mongolian blood, or Khazars and are descendants of the Biblical Esau-Edom who traded his birthrights for a bowl of soup.

    The Christian Identity movement first broke into the mainstream media in 1984, when the white nationalist organization The Order embarked on a murderous crime spree before being taken down by the FBI. It came to public attention again in 1992 and 1993, after the deadly Ruby Ridge confrontation, when it was discovered that Randy Weaver had at least a loose association with Christian Identity.


    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 24, 2007 7:30:52 PM

  15. I dont't like gays or lesbians. Just like any country it has ups and downs. But, if your a Jew, Christian or Muslim. It is not ok be be Homosexual. Source, look up the story of Prophet Lut or Lut and his people.
    God warned them and they still did not obey and what happened to them excatly. Go read you holy texts and books, before you say and support one thing before you do the opposites.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 24, 2007 8:27:34 PM


    GAY accepting Christians/Catholics

    GAY accepting Jews

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 24, 2007 8:57:22 PM

  17. All that said ... this Iranian President and the Mullahs in control are madmen (religious fundamentalists). They can never have the nuclear bomb.

    Posted by: rjp3 | Sep 24, 2007 8:58:51 PM

  18. It's not enough we have crazy christian fundies in this country, now we need to import muslim fundamentalists who kill gays for being gay?

    Religion is a disgrace.

    Posted by: LOU | Sep 24, 2007 10:02:37 PM

  19. Anybody else noticed that the right wing has picked up on the same Ahmadinejad statement. When did they start caring about the gays?

    Posted by: Dave | Sep 24, 2007 11:16:54 PM

  20. It is too easy to get furious by this man's ignorant comments about "having no homosexuals." It is too easy to jump on the undercurrent in this nation to make Iran the new Soviet Union, the new Iraq, the new enemy. And his points about Iran and our own country's capital punishment is key: Why do they feel the need to exterminate homosexuality and why does our own country have a similar battle going on? Or better yet, why do see the solution with Iran is to go to war with them too? What the hell happened to diplomacy in this country? Learning to talk about differences and similarities and hopefully changing ideas, opinions and learning to grow! I applaud Columbia for starting this public discussion. Haven't we already learned our lesson from attempting to rid the world of evil with our own brand of terror? Being Aggro-American World Peace Keeper is so last year.

    Posted by: Steven | Sep 24, 2007 11:19:00 PM

  21. He might just be trying to win over the "Gathering of Eagles" crowd. You know the Republican Conservative Christian crowd!

    Posted by: laura | Sep 24, 2007 11:49:35 PM

  22. First off he said, through a translator, that Iran did not have gays in the same mannner as America does. To deny this is idiocy. To claim he is denying gays exist just shows what liars and false victims you people are.

    The inferior American gene pool has little more to offer and so homosexuality is natural population control in America and naturally plays a more central role in this culture. The real reason the global elites want more tolerance for homosexuality in Iran is because ultimately you are afraid of brown people having a population boom. Fuck you weaklings.

    Of course some idiot here will probably call me a supremicist for stating the obvious - even though I have called the American race inferior- think about it for a moment and you know deep down supremacists and bigots aren't even open to that idea. You are enslaved by your own thoughts. Grow up.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 25, 2007 12:05:35 AM

  23. As someone living in South Dakota, I can personally attest to there being gays in South Dakota. Some are cute too.

    Posted by: Elais | Sep 25, 2007 12:09:07 AM

  24. Although he should not have been invited to speak he was. Cleary he was afforded the opportunity because this is a democracy unlike Iran. Ahmadinejad's speech showed the world once again how out of touch with reality he is with the modern world.

    Corey Cotta, Author of All of Yesterdays Tomorrows.

    Posted by: Corey Cotta | Sep 25, 2007 12:16:31 AM

  25. His days are numbered, and disappearing fast...

    Posted by: Rob (lrdarystar) | Sep 25, 2007 12:35:56 AM

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