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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)Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights (file photo)
Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights (file photo)
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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by: Stanley from: UK
January 08, 2012 01:08
This "official" of the Iranian pre-mediaeval tyranny and his colleagues find freedom of religion and faith, freedom of expression, gender equality and generally all other aspects of modern humanity and 21st century life as "diseases" proving that they themselves are the diseased criminals who are at war with humanity and freedom.
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by: Zash from: malaysia
January 09, 2012 08:20
medieval? really? 21st century to you i am afraid is limited to sexual perversion and nudity. if freedom implies degradation of humans into moral 'free' animals then i commend anyone who stands against such 'freedoms'. either way, you are entitled to your perversion.
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by: Stephen from: Canada
January 09, 2012 21:53
What Stanley meant was that the country of Iran is unfortunately run by a bunch of delusional theists whose morality is stuck somewhere in the 12th century.

Religious people who can't handle the beauty of the human form should just stay shut in their homes where everyone else appreciates them to stay anyway. It's sad sods like you who've held back the advancement of human beings in general for well over a thousand years. That's nothing to be proud of.
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by: Steerpike
January 10, 2012 18:47
Go invent your own nuclear energy, internet, computers, electrical generators and every other development and invention that was NOT created by a mediaval Islamic culture. See the machine you´re using now? Well, religion had nothing to do with its creation. Guess who invented it.




You´re using GAY technology.
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by: Goli from: Los Angeles
January 10, 2012 19:26
And to you Mr. Zach, the only thing you see through your tainted Muslim eye glasses about the advancement of humanity is SEX. No, when we say that these guys are stuck in the 7th or 12th century, it means that after 1000s of years you and people like you have not understood what it is to be tolerant of differences and to live and let live. You and people like you believe that because of something written in a book you have the right to chop hands, gouge out eyes, and hang people for things you don't like. Well my dear I do not like people like you. Should I have you hanged and dismembered? No! Because I live in the 21st century and I have learned to accept others with or without their flaws. That is what it means to live in the 21st Century. Not as you so ignorantly put it sexual perversion and nudity.
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by: Zash from: malaysia
January 10, 2012 23:39
i read ur comment 5 times just to try to understand where ur mind is at...and im sorry but i don't see any logic. "...morality stuck in 12th century..." what does that even mean? also i differ that i have in any way held back the advancement of the human race, i surely would like to believe that im trying to hold back its degradation.

my friend, you obviously don't know history. Algebra, dome making, sulfuric acid are just a few of the most important inventions of arabs.
The clothes your'e wearing right now have been processed by sulfuric acid also almost all the appliances in your home have used it at some point in their manufacture as it is used in almost every industrial process. Don't wear these clothes. their origin is God fearing muslims..wear your own GAY invented version.

@ Goli
Atleast have some courtesy! it goes a long way!
Question: How many people have you seen in the muslim world e.g. saudi arabia with their hands chopped? i have seen NONE. why? the law is that anyone who steals will have their right hand chopped off. the effect? no one steals! which is a far cry from your self righteous and down right pathetic country which has the largest prisons in the world, the highest robbery rate in the world, pretty much more or less the highest rates of murder, rape etc
want to know why? because of your idiotic 'justice' system. committed a robbery? no problem...sentenced to 3 years...out after 8 months or so on 'parole' for being a 'good boy' and allowed to do more damage. BTW i have no problem with gays as long as they are not in my country, i accept them as long as they remain in their free (moral free) country.
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by: Abe from: London
January 14, 2012 12:48
Sorry to burst your bubble zash but algebra being invented by arabs is just another lie they like to tell. Algebra goes back to ancient Egypt and found it's way to Greece and India long before arabs thought to claim it for themselves. In reality arabs have given this world nothing! But they have lying down to perfection.
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by: qtip from: Manila
February 05, 2012 15:06
They don;t commit these sins against another muslim, anyone else is fair game.

by: billywingartseon from: baltimore
January 08, 2012 08:43
Of course there are no homosexuals in Iran - the regime hangs them

Just like in saudi arabia there are no rapes . The woman gets whipped, it had to be her fault.

Hitchens had it very right - Religion poisons everything
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by: BillJ357 from: Hoover Dam
February 01, 2012 15:20
........without any religion, there would likely be very little war...

by: Inis Magrath from: United States of America
January 09, 2012 18:38
Mr. Larijani reveals the lack of rational thought his nation holds on this topic because his comment tries to have it both ways: either homosexuality is a disease, or it is immoral -- it cannot be both. Otherwise, we would be talking about the immorality of cancer and influenza.

Obviously, homosexuality is not a disease.

by: Charlie
January 09, 2012 18:56
´we think it is sexual immorality and a disease´

Fun how what you believe seems to change based on whether you like it or not. Nuclear technology developed bu other nations is fine by Allah when you want to kill innocent people but the international medical consensus on homosexuality is bullshit cause you don´t like the idea.

Repeat after meÑ loser nation hasn´t invented or developed ANYTHING of its own for 1000 years: all Iranian technology and industry is based on ideas STOLEN from non-Islamic countries WITHOUT ONE EXCEPTION.
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by: Zash from: malaysia
January 11, 2012 07:26
your idiocy and lack of knowledge is so extreme i dont even know where to i'll just leave u in your little self righteous fantasy world!
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by: Giles from: Brasil
January 14, 2012 11:16
@zash. There are homosexuals in Malaysia, they just don't show themselves for fear of being killed for being who they are. BTW the UK had strong anti homo beliefs back in the 60's! Now to the point ... in MY opinion any 'religion', 'following' that has to follow rules is, to me, a SECT. My church is in my heart and does not follow Muslim or Christian 'teachings'. Why do Muslims fear God? Final point - NO 'religion' has supremacy over others.

by: sam from: london
January 29, 2012 14:52
Psychiatrists is western culture would have agreed with Mr Larijani for most of the 20th century where 'homosexuality' was regarded as a 'fetish' or 'paraphilia' and needed 'treatment'. It was only in the latter half of the 20th century that these views changed in the medical fraternity so Mr.Larijani's views are really not that out of date.

by: J C from: FL
January 29, 2012 16:07
Don't agree with punishment but they are right about their view.
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by: Dmitriy
January 31, 2012 05:38
Really? you're totally right, psychology isn't remotely a social science where people decide that something is or is not a disorder regardless of whether it meets the criteria of such a label.
First off you can't associate positive feelings with a disorder. A psychological disorder only brings negative feelings. Therefore homosexuals do not experience their sexuality as a problem. Hence psychologists don't consider something that isn't a danger to oneself or others to be a disorder.

Just to give you an example of how arbitrary this label of homosexuality as a disorder still is:
the premise of this label is that homosexuality is a disorder because it doesn't result in reproduction. And yet if a heterosexual person decides that they want to be celibate, or doesn't need to have children or would rather adopt a child knowing that they're neither sterile or barren, they are not considered to be suffering from any kind of psychological disorder

by: samy from: sweden
January 29, 2012 19:11
It is a videspread persian disea
(sicknees ) vhy they should be diferent tha other races in the wolrd???The have procentualy just as much homosexuals than every other nations.

by: lorraine homayon-jones from: uk
January 29, 2012 19:54
when a country defines itself around peoples dress and sexuality it strikes me that the country is guilty of treating its citizens as infants who cannot be trusted. By the way zash..not all of us in the west are obsessed with sex or nudity or which you appear to assume is the case, probably you have never visited the west where i can assure you most people i have met of whatever race religion or sexual orientation are very moral beings. I believe that iran has issues around drug addiction? surely not in a country which believes it can slowly and publicly hang or stone people?

by: Peter from: Plymouth
February 01, 2012 12:15
Well spoken Zash!

'Morality' has become a blasphemous word to people who have FAITH there is no God.

Noone to look up to, noone to answer to, noone to fear, no expectancy of anything beyond the here and now.

Blinded to reality.

by: Mconniff from: USA
February 01, 2012 13:28
From a country that has a saying "Women are for babies, boys are for pleasure" you have a weird way defining gay. Does "Hypocrite" come to mine? Or why would a country allow the "law" to drive a car over a six year old's arm as punishment? For a country as old as yours you need to pull your head out of your fourth point of contact and look within before judging others.

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