I'm sure the laughter continued later at a press conference when Mr. Ahmadinejad continued by saying...
"Seriously, I don’t know of any."
And I'm sure there was even more laughter when a journalist told Mr. Ahmadinejad that he knew of a few homosexuals in Iran and Ahmadinejad said...
"As for homosexuality, I don’t know where it is. Give me an address so that we are also aware of what happens in Iran."
Give him an address, so that those homosexuals known by this journalist can be added to the over 4,000 gay and lesbians that have been executed in Iran since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.
Gay men - - no, gay teenagers - - like Mahmoud Asgari, age 16, and Ayaz Marhoni, age 18 who were publicly executed in Iran on July 19, 2005 for the "crime" of homosexuality.
They were hanged in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. They were sentenced to death by Court No. 19.
According to the UK Gay News story...
"Iran enforces Islamic Sharia law, which dictates the death penalty for gay sex.
"One youth was aged 18 and the other was a minor under the age of 18. They were only identified by their initials, M.A. and A.M.
"They admitted – probably under torture, London-based gay human rights group Outrage! suggests – to having gay sex but claimed in their defence that most young boys had sex with each other and that they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death.
"Prior to their execution, the teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes."
Here they are, just prior to their execution.
Not so funny now, is it?
I am the LAST person who wants the United States to enter into a war with Iran, but allow this story to remind us of a few things...
Let's remember that gay men were the lowest of the low in the concentration camps.
Let's remember that Harvey Milk's murderer got off with little more than a slap on the wrist because he ate a Twinkie.
Let's remember that President Ronald Reagan didn't even say the WORD AIDS for YEARS into his presidency and allowed our loved ones to die horrific, painful deaths while he did NOTHING to stop it.
Let's remember that we're hated. That for some reason, men can kill each other but we mustn't kiss each other.
But most of all, let's remember these two teenage boys who Iranian history only wanted to call "A.M. and M.A."
Ayaz Marhoni and Mahmoud Asgari.
Thank you again and again to NightCharm for posting this powerful story.
NightCharm is a porn blog of sorts. See? We can have dicks AND brains - - at the same time.