Iran President Again Denies Gay Executions, But Admits They Exist

It’s a well documented fact that the Iranian government executes suspected homosexuals, yet president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues to deny such atrocities.

Just days after he dismissed Larry King’s queer questions, Ahmadinejad – one of the looniest people in the world – rebuffed Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman’s assertions that his regime has overseen unknown numbers of gays.

Specifically citing the July 19, 2005, hangings of two teens, Goodman asks, “Do you think gay men and lesbians should die in Iran?” And, of course, Ahmadinejad claims the executed men and women are guilty of other offenses, although does admit there are gays in his nation, something he once denied:

No, there is no law for their execution in Iran. Either they were drug traffickers or they had killed someone else. Those who kill someone else or engage in acts of rape could be punished by execution. Otherwise, homosexuals are not even known who they are to be hung, in the second place. So, we don’t have executions of homosexuals. Of course, we consider it an abhorrent act, but it is not punished through capital punishment. It’s basically an immoral act. There are a lot of acts that can be immoral, but there’s no capital punishment for them.

What would you do in the United States if someone picked up a gun and killed a bunch of people?

First of all, mass murder and buggery are hardly comparable. And, Mr. Ahmadinejad, to answer your question, we would have a trial, rather than a lynching.