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Iranian Leader to British MPS: Gays Should Be Hanged

Notes from an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting between British and Iranian leaders in May were recently released. The IPU is a peace body and part of the meeting concerned questions from the British PMs regarding the hangings of underage youths for the crime of homosexuality particularly the public executions of Mahmoud Asqari and Ayad Marhouni in 2005. Photographs of the disturbing execution were distributed widely across the internet.

Hamjens_1The Times Online reports: "When the Britons raised the hangings of Asqari and Marhouni, the leader of the Iranian delegation, Mr Yahyavi, a member of his parliament’s energy committee, was unflinching. He 'explained that according to Islam gays and lesbianism were not permitted', the record states. 'He said that if homosexual activity is in private there is no problem, but those in overt activity should be executed [he initially said tortured but changed it to executed]. He argued that homosexuality is against human nature and that humans are here to reproduce. Homosexuals do not reproduce.'"

Yesterday, when the notes were released to the public, the British delegation head Labour MP Ann Clwyd said: "It is of great concern that these attitudes persist and we made it clear what we felt."

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  1. Iranian government = modern day Nazis

    Posted by: Matt | Nov 13, 2007 8:58:23 AM


  2. Not exactly matt

    They suck? YES! Deserve sanctions? YES

    Are they nazis? Hardly, otherwise you belittle actual nazi atrocities. the hanging of fellow gays is horid but in no way have they hung 8 million of us as compared to the 8 million Jews gassed in nazi camps.

    You are not helping our brothers and sisters there by being hyperbolic

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 13, 2007 9:03:57 AM


  3. Turns out HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH has reported that Asqari and Marhouni were hanged not for being gay BUT for RAPING a 13 year old boy

    http://www.ilga.org/news_results.asp?LanguageID=1&FileID=689&ZoneID=3&FileCategory=9

    The religous wackadoo rhetoric of the Iranian govt person is horrid but is also equal to what many politicians and religous nuts in both america and israel have said. Lest we forget the charedi molotav cocktails and explosive devices leading up to the gay pride march in jerusalem reported here at Towleroad.

    Homophobia is wrong! Perpetuating false information about facts and hyperbolic reactions are not helping the cause

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 13, 2007 9:38:06 AM


  4. I am so sick of this Primitive world...Human kind doesn't deserve to live on such a beautiful planet...maybe, Im a futurist..but, this world is so Eff'd up...Killing,Hate,Starvation,Poverty....its depressing! Like a Man said on Bill Moyers Journal..CRUELTY is the cause' of Mankinds problems!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 13, 2007 10:45:21 AM


  5. JimmyBoyo - The Times in the UK reported this morning that Iran falsifies other crimes on the gay victims in order to justify executing them for being gay.

    The only people perptuating false information is Iran.

    We shouldn't even be debating this.

    Posted by: Luke Kennedy | Nov 13, 2007 10:46:25 AM


  6. Your right, Jimmy. That hyperbole stuff aint no good. The Iranian leaders who execute gay people aren't Nazis; they're blood-thirsty Persian savages.

    Think they got any weapons of mass destruction? Let's start the bombing, George Dumbya!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 13, 2007 10:53:21 AM


  7. so did they rape some other boy or not? is it false? who are americans to judge anyone for falsifying news? Isn't that what *all* of your major news companies do?

    Posted by: enderx | Nov 13, 2007 11:06:56 AM


  8. Well, the Iranian MP's didn't say that rapists should be hanged. They said that homos should be hanged, and threw in a Bill O'Reilly style bone that it would be tolerated if kept private (as if!). Of course, the record in Britain itself was not always so exemplary, having locked so may gay men up in mental wards for years as well as prison. That they ended the practice only 40 years ago should indicate how far behind the West Iran might be, at best.

    Posted by: anon (gmail.com) | Nov 13, 2007 12:04:24 PM


  9. You people are fucking idiots. You hate the USA and the West so much, you will side with anyone, including fascist Iran, just to stick it to GWB. Free Iran from the corrupt mullahs now.

    PS That goes for you double, Jimmyboyo. Jackass.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 13, 2007 1:27:35 PM


  10. Enderx, who's judging anyone? It was a simple statement--the Iranians falsify reports. And why should the fact that the American media spreads lies disqualify individual Americans from pointing out the lies of others?

    And, Jimmyboyo, if you believe the rape story, there's a bridge in Brooklyn for sale that might be a really good investment for you....

    Posted by: Tom K. | Nov 13, 2007 1:35:00 PM


  11. Mike, if it wasn't for our own actions then the mullahs wouldn't be in power in Iran to begin with.

    Iran was a democraticaly elected parlimentary system once upon a time till we financed and staged a coup to overthrow it and install the shah is dictator. he was so bad that the only place groups of men could gather and vent political dissent without being killed was in mosques = political radical islam was born and it eventualy overthrew the shah and inspired religous radical islam across the middle east.

    Mike, then lets storm jerusalem and kill all those charedi ultra orthedox jews who threw molotav cocktails at cops, set bombs, and stabbed gays over the gay pride march in jerusalem. lets take jerusalem over and kill all the charedi ultra orthedox to make jerusalem safe for our fellow gays.

    Idiot, sell your hypocricy somewhere else.

    Posted by: small violin playing for ya mike | Nov 13, 2007 2:23:17 PM


  12. Why didn't these MP's immediately call for the expulsion of Iran from the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the UN? The time for polite slaps on the wrist is over.

    The people who should get the death penalty are the conservative theocrats who rule Iran, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Nigeria where the legal lynching of GLBT folk is permitted or practiced. Other criminals who are implicated in the murder of GLBT folk include Bush who, supported at every step by Feinstein, Pelosi and Clinton, is responsible for the invasion of Iraq where US armed and trained jihadist Shiite and Sunni death squads who hunt down and murder our brothers and sisters in Iraq.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Nov 13, 2007 5:40:05 PM


  13. I was brought up to hate war but not to back away from it. My father saw so much of the cruelty of the Japanese in WW2 that they felt they had to respond in kind on occasion. But not to the extent of the Japanese. The cruelty of the Iranian mullahs is despicable and hiding behind religion is the same as the Japanese hiding behind the code of being a warrior. Death and violence is the only thing these mullahs and the Revolutionary Guard will understand. I'm not advocating war but I think it is coming.

    Posted by: James Poppinga | Nov 13, 2007 6:24:11 PM


  14. That to James can be blamed on us via bush.

    After 9/11 Iran's then more liberal and much more friendly towards the west leader (comparatively)offered to cooperate on every demand of America on the nuke situation. They also offered to fully recognize Israel. Bush refused to meet with him. The iranian population saw that as a sure thing on a future invasion by the US so they voted overwhelmingly for the more radical leader to stand up to the US and supposedly protect them from US as well as to not recognize Israel. Personally, Israel should be chomping at the bit to oust bush because of him they got a wacko in iran who questions the holocaust etc.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Nov 13, 2007 6:47:25 PM


  15. Hey Enderx - do you not see a difference between falsifying news reports and falsifying criminal charges so that people can be killed for their fabricated crimes?

    I am not excusing bullshit like American news, but there is no comparison. These kids were hanged. Dead. And I don't believe the rape charges for a minute.

    Posted by: Gregg | Nov 13, 2007 10:44:01 PM


  16. Well lets hang all the straight people who for one reason or another can't reproduce. I just can't stand to believe such hate in the world, it's unfathomable.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 14, 2007 1:37:00 AM


  17. Well lets hang all the straight people who for one reason or another can't reproduce. I just can't stand to believe such hate in the world, it's unfathomable.

    Posted by: Eric | Nov 14, 2007 1:37:11 AM


  18. The rape charges were clearly fabricated. The boys were hung for being gay.

    Similar to what used to happen to young black men here in the South.

    Posted by: Jeff | Nov 14, 2007 11:27:11 AM


  19. This is the question I would have loved to see this delegate answer: "So if the reason Iranians kill their own gay and lesbian people is because "they don't reproduce" are infertile people or married childless couples also killed as well?"

    Posted by: FAUSTO FERNOS | Nov 18, 2007 4:04:32 PM


  20. I think with the earths population at 6 billion plus, responsible people would not be harping endlessly on about 'reproduction'

    breeders will destroy the entire earth. don't blame us.

    Posted by: tim | Nov 27, 2007 6:24:40 PM


  21. all the lesbians in my state should be hanged. they are a bunch of fish eating women. they are the lowest form of scum.

    Posted by: frankop | May 4, 2011 10:12:13 AM


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