This was a statement according to the Iranian president IMADICKHEAD when he spoke at Columbia University in the US today.
Asked about executions of homosexuals in Iran, Ahmadinejad said the judiciary system executed violent criminals and high-level drug dealers, comparing them to microbes eliminated through medical treatment. Pressed specifically about punishment of homosexuals, he said: "In Iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country."
With the audience laughing derisively, he continued: "In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don't know who's told you that we have this."
Now I realize that all politicians say stupid things, but they are mostly things that people can laugh at and have fun with. But here we have a leader of a country making remarks like this and it just stuns me. I also realize that hatred for homosexuals is a world wide issue, not related to just one country. But this is the leader of a country denying these human beings even exist? What chance does a gay man or woman in Iran have when they don't even acknowledge that you exist?
The famous picture of those two young boys that were hung a couple years ago still haunts me. The world still questions how did Hitler come into power? How could civilized people ever let that happen? But then you look at some of the leaders in the world today that have risen to power and you wonder if the world is not on the verge of allowing itself to repeat past mistakes. This is like the 1930's all over again and one has to wonder if the world is about to go mad again!