Iran Human Rights Official Calls Homosexuality 'Disease'

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Iran Rights Official Calls Homosexuality 'Disease'

Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights (file photo)
The secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights has been quoted as telling a visiting German lawmaker that homosexuality is a disease.

"The West says that the marriage of homosexuals should be allowed under the human rights charter, however, we think it is sexual immorality and a disease," Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Javad Larijani as saying, according to dpa.

Fars reported that Larijani made his remarks during a meeting in Tehran with German lawmaker Tom Koenigs, who chairs the human rights committee in Germany’s parliament.

In Iran and under strict Islamic law, homosexuality is punishable by death.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad drew international criticism in 2007 when he said during a visit to Columbia University in the United States that there were no homosexuals in his country.

compiled from agency reports

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Comment by Pat on January 8, 2012 at 8:22pm

How many other diseases are treated with these therapies? Well, let's see: apostasy, heresy, witchcraft (especially in Saudi Arabia), sorcery, adultery, to name but a few. 

Good point Jason. What is the Christian name for Sharia law? Fascism?

Comment by Jason Fleming on January 8, 2012 at 7:00pm

Yes, execution is guaranteed to cure whatever ails you: Cancer, whooping cough, planter warts, you name it.

But seriously, this is just another example of why religion is dangerous. Right now in the US, we have people running for president that want to institute "Christian Democracy" with laws based on "Biblical Principles" This really isn't any different.

Comment by Daniel W on January 8, 2012 at 10:14am

It's interesting to me that this is one of the few diseases that is treatable by putting a rope around a person's neck and pushing them off a high stool or truck bed.  Saudi Arabia uses a different therapy, using an elongated scalpel (known as a "sword") to separate the head from the rest of the body.  How many other diseases are treated with these therapies?

Comment by Sassan K. on January 8, 2012 at 4:45am

Obviously. It is a shame the U.N. allows such rogue and fanatical madmen to have a seat in the human rights council.

Comment by Tara Benson on January 7, 2012 at 6:44pm

Ignorance and bigotry are diseases.  Homosexuality is a natural sexual orientation. 

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