pronouncements

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad + The Pope Just Have Wonderful Things To Say

They asked me (at Columbia) why you crack down on homosexuals in Iran? I answered we don’t have so many homosexuals in Iran because we believe this act is against the human spirit and humanity.

—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran, speaking Thursday in Yazd about his infamous 2007 speech

No one can make a claim to the right to a nuptial ceremony.

—Joseph Alois Ratzinger, known to the world as Pope Benedict XVI, speaking Saturday in his annual address to the Vatican’s Roman Rota, a tribunal that handles marriage annulments. We already know the United States’ official response to this: It was issued back in 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia, “Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”