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Backing gays is for 'capitalists'

2012-09-25 09:02

Washington - Supporting homosexuality is the stuff of hardline capitalists who do not care about real human values, Iran's president said on Monday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an interview on CNN that homosexuality is a "very ugly behaviour" that he said was banned by "all prophets and all religions and all faiths".

In New York to attend the UN General Assembly, Ahmadinejad said that just because some countries support homosexuality that does mean his criticism of it means he is denying people's freedom.

He ridiculed politicians and parties who, he said, approve of gays and lesbians just to win "four or five additional votes".

More broadly he said supporting homosexuality had nothing to do with supporting human development.

"This kind of support of homosexuality is only engrained in the thoughts of hard-core capitalists and those who support the growth of capital only, rather than human values," the president said through an interpreter.

He insisted that people become homosexual, rather than being born that way, and dodged a question as to what he would do if one of his three children were homosexual.

The president said the world has myriad woes such as grinding poverty, repression and dictatorships, and he supports resolving them and championing human dignity.

Asked if such support for freedom should not extend to homosexuals, he said: "Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly and others do not accept your behaviour, they're denying your freedom. Who says that?"

Comments
  • Desilusionada - 2012-09-25 09:22

    "Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly and others do not accept your behaviour, they're denying your freedom. Who says that?" So if I make a film and you do not like it, why want to kill me for it?? That's not denying my freedom? And if this Blazer/Dinner Jacket whatever is not reflecting the Islam culture/religion/doctrine, why are his actions condoned? Why no worldwide outcry? I think this guy is really short on logic and probably the dimmest candle on the tree. Shake his head and you will hear the rattle.........

  • Omnivore - 2012-09-25 09:26

    Does bigotry cause stupidity or it the way round?

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-25 09:35

    All those homophobes on News24 - you are judged by the company you keep.

  • garth.baldwin.96 - 2012-09-25 09:41

    Ignorant man..

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-25 09:50

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is one of the last guys to go preaching about repression and dictatorships.

  • miquette.caalsen - 2012-09-25 09:53

    Maybe I'm just having a Monday but ... is this guy actually implying that your economic policy influences your sexual orientation? Must have skipped those classes in Economics ...

      cameronrh1 - 2012-09-25 10:55

      He has a point... Is that why a lot of gay guys are very successful in their business ventures?

  • mark.shatkinson - 2012-09-25 10:03

    Look at the bright side, this article most likely spurs up feelings of disgust in most people that read it, which if anything, shows how the general population is changing for the good. 10 years ago it would have been a different story. So lets just be happy that one idiotic leader still has his head in the sand and the rest of us acknowledge that. The world is changing for the better and soon people like President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will die sad and lonely lives and be remembered as the useless waste of oxygen that they were.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-25 10:04

    just five more votes...I like and it is pure truth that will rufle some feathers this one!

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-09-25 10:12

    @ News 24: "said that just because some countries support homosexuality that does mean his criticism of it means he is denying people's freedom." - what does this sentence mean?

      ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-09-25 10:20

      Just an omission

  • Mark - 2012-09-25 10:49

    It takes morons like this Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to actually see how far we have progressed as a society. He should stop trying to lecture the West on his narrow-minded views and go and herd his goats in the desert.

  • Raymon - 2012-09-25 11:07

    Hey News24, are you so blatantly biased towards Islamic tyrants the you block us from posting comments, If not, why are you blocking us from commenting on: http://www.news24.com/World/News/Israel-will-be-eliminated-Ahmadinejad-20120924

  • Raymon - 2012-09-25 11:19

    Yea, this is the same guy that will have his finger on the big red button. Anybody still think Iran should have nukes?

      denny.cray - 2012-09-25 11:52

      I don't want *anyone* to have nukes. Sadly I'd rather more than one country have nukes than only one. Mutually assured destruction was a powerful incentive during the cold war which prevented one side from completely obliterating the other. I disagree with the policies of these fundamentalist Islamic states but I do think they have a strong survival instinct. The west/US has also proven itself to be more aggressive than them. (How many foreign lands is Iran currently occupying for instance?)

  • denny.cray - 2012-09-25 11:45

    If pure capitalism is gay, please call me a raging queer :)

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