The Two Iranian Boys: Lost But Not ForgottenBy John Calendo / Monday, September 10th, 2007
â€œIn Iran, we donâ€™t have homosexuals like in your country.”
This jaw-dropping claim was made today by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a talk he gave at Columbia University in New York. “We donâ€™t have that in our country,” he asserted to a burst of shocked laughter and a smattering of boos and hisses.
“In Iran, we do not have this phenomenon,” he persisted, undeterred. â€œI do not know who has told you that we have it.”
Perhaps the photo above will refresh your memory, Mr. President.
From the UK Gay News, circa 2005:
Two gay teenagers were publicly executed in Iran on 19 July 2005 for the â€˜crimeâ€™ of homosexuality. The youths were hanged in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad, in north east Iran. They were sentenced to death by Court No. 19.
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 defense 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.
Yes, as fools go, Ahmadinejad manages to make our own prize of a president look like Stephen Hawking.
Ahmadinejad, of course, is the same man notorious for denying that the extermination of European Jews in Nazi concentration camps is a historical fact, redundantly documented — an assertion the Iranian president cagily backed away from today, perhaps because he was giving a speech in what in private (and perhaps, the man being so brazen, even in public) he may have loathsomely called “Jew York” — a bit of bile still current among some members of our own great land’s lowest common denominator, and a yahooism that, much like the anti-science creationism, is wildly popular in the benighted desert expanses of the Middle East.
Let us take a minute to remember what the President of Iran has forgotten: the two boys who didn’t know that love — or the brief release that passes for love — was a hanging offense, two boys who had their names erased and were reduced to initials — initials that were touchingly mirror images of each other, A.M. and M. A. Let us give them back their names.
Let us remember Mahmoud Asgari (16) and Ayaz Marhoni (18).
More heartbreaking photos here. Not for sensitive viewers!
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