Read B. Daniel Blatt's take on Ahmadinejad and the treatment of gays in Iran.
But, in Iran, not only are gay couples prevented from living together openly, they could be executed for expressing their feelings for same-sex intimacy. Perhaps it’s because he’s busy sentencing gay Iranians to death that Ahmadinejad claimed today that “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country… In Iranian we don’t have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have it.”I note that that was the one thing Ahmadinejad said that seemed to really provoke a negative reaction from his audience. They seemed to swallow his blather about how much Iranians respect women without raising questions about women being sentenced to death for fighting back against a rapist. Or his need for more "research" into the Holocaust. And they didn't seem interested in the plight of their fellow students in Iran who don't have the right to protest their government's crackdowns on their liberties. I guess that in their eyes, that's just part of hearing from a different perspective.
Yesterday, we had a lesbian claiming she had a little crush on this man who, even she acknowledged, would “probably have [her] killed” because he was so forthright in “calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration.”
As bad as those on the gay left claim this Administration to be, it doesn’t execute gay people. Yes, we should fault the president and his team for failing to repeal the pernicious Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell Policy preventing gays from serving openly in the military and should take the president to task for endorsing the Federal Marriage Amendment. But, there is a world of difference between opposing gay marriage and open service of gays in the military and murdering gay citizens as matter of state policy.
It’s amazing that some people on the gay left are so caught up with their hatred of Bush, that they refuse (or, are otherwise slow) to condemn the leader of a nation whose government does just that — murder its own gay and lesbian citizens.
At the same time that his government is busy executing gay people, Ahmadinejad has the temerity to claim that they don’t have “homosexuals” in his land. I wonder then who it is that the government has been executing. Or maybe he believes this policy has been so successful that he can now declare his nation free of homosexuals, just as the Nazis, once they deported and murdered the Jews of the various regions they conquered, could declare them “Judrenrein” (free of Jews).