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Iran: being gay is a modern western barbarism

Iran: being gay is a modern western barbarism

The Iranian speaker of parliament equated gays with barbarism and questioned if the UN is seeking the legalization of homosexuality in his country.

Mr. Ali Larijani made his comments on today (24 October) at the opening of the parliamentary session and in response to a new report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, who criticized Iran for its poor human rights record.

Lahijani said that major world problems are due to the hypocrisy of the West in dealing with Islam and said, ‘unfortunately, the UN has reached a point that declares the Islamic Penal Code as a violation of human rights.

‘According to the United Nation’s principles, isn’t the UN supposed to respect all cultures? The people of Iran are proud to follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammad.

‘Are we supposed to adopt other cultures as our own lifestyle? Do we expect us to legalize the “modern Western Barbarism” of faggotry?’

This was the second time that Larijani has attacked homosexuality.

Earlier this week, Mr. Larijani made an indirect reference to the openly-gay German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, referring to him as a ‘faggot’.

On Monday (22 October 22) Larijani told a group of Iranian students that the pursuit of national interests dictates that Iranian officials have to sometimes hold meetings with ‘faggots’.

During a Q&A session at Science and Technology University in Tehran, Larijani said, ‘Don’t assume that in an international arena you are dealing with pious people. Some of [those we meet with] are into boozing and some of them are faggots.’

According to a report by Mehr News Agency, Mr. Larijani shared with the audience the story of a meeting with one of the European foreign ministers, saying that, ‘one of the foreign ministers that we met with was a faggot. Now what should have we done?

‘Should we have refused to meet with them [because of their homosexuality]?
‘In the international arena, we have to pursue our national interests.’

Larijani’s comment was probably a reference to February 2011 visit by openly-gay German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, to Tehran, in which he met with Iran’s President, Ahmadinejad.

Westerwelle was widely criticized, at the time, for having not raising the plight of LGBT people in Iran in his meetings, and deliberately leaving his partner in Germany as to avoid any potential conflicts. 

Last month, the international affairs advisor to Iran’s supreme leader, Dr. Ali Akbar Velayati, stated that homosexuality is the cause of cultural decay in the West.

In the past, the Iranian president who took office in 2005 has denied the existence of any gay people in Iran at all.

‘In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like you do in your country. This does not exist in our country,’ he said in New York, although a spokesman later said this was misinterpreted.

Human Rights Watch used its 2011 report to document the extreme difficulties the LGBT community in Iran faces including harrasment, presecution and even murder by family members being a common reality.

Homosexuality is a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment and even execution under Iran’s strict Shari’a laws.