Iran executes three men on homosexual...

Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges

There are 136 comments on the Guardian Unlimited story from Sep 7, 2011, titled Iran executes three men on homosexuality charges. In it, Guardian Unlimited reports that:

Three Iranian men have been executed after being found guilty of charges related to homosexuality, according to a semi-official news agency.

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“We grill um up 4 you ?”

Since: Jul 10

North Country Faire

#1 Sep 7, 2011
My,My! What a wonderful country and religion they have! How pathetic and tragic this is! Madness,sheer madness! It seems the wrong people were executed!

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Since: Jan 08

Bangkok, Thailand

#2 Sep 8, 2011
Shhhhhh!(Don't want to give the republicans any ideas.)

Since: Jun 11

Ingleside, TX

#3 Sep 8, 2011
Maybe the people of Iran will follow Libya, Egypt, and Tunisa and get rid of thier dictator government.
Jason

Chattanooga, TN

#4 Sep 8, 2011
Road Kill Cafe wrote:
My,My! What a wonderful country and religion they have! How pathetic and tragic this is! Madness,sheer madness! It seems the wrong people were executed!
They used to do the same thing in the States with both black and gays. There are still a few fringe extremist right wing groups in the States that have those feelings which is why it is hard for Republicans to get elected as President anymore. They took over that party and Americans are NOT right wing. They tend to be middle and in large Cities toward the left of center. Obama won the majority of the Catholic votes which proves this.

The pubs have nothing going for them in the next election unless they come up with someone we haven't heard about yet and pull toward the center.

They have stopped using the term mainstream media because they found out what mainstream means. It means the majority of Americans and the majority watch mainstream news. Fox is NOT a news station and it lags behind CNN in the ratings because CNN has over one billion viewers worldwide as an International news station while Fox is mostly in the States and falling apart from the Non-American crook that started it. Fox brags about six million viewers lol I think the have 12 million worldwide so a long ways to go to a billion. No wonder they feel the need to brag and lie about ratings.

Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#6 Sep 8, 2011
I agree.

Sharia and Dominionism have a little too much in common for Christians to ever admit.
Jason wrote:
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They used to do the same thing in the States with both black and gays. There are still a few fringe extremist right wing groups in the States that have those feelings which is why it is hard for Republicans to get elected as President anymore. They took over that party and Americans are NOT right wing. They tend to be middle and in large Cities toward the left of center. Obama won the majority of the Catholic votes which proves this.
The pubs have nothing going for them in the next election unless they come up with someone we haven't heard about yet and pull toward the center.
They have stopped using the term mainstream media because they found out what mainstream means. It means the majority of Americans and the majority watch mainstream news. Fox is NOT a news station and it lags behind CNN in the ratings because CNN has over one billion viewers worldwide as an International news station while Fox is mostly in the States and falling apart from the Non-American crook that started it. Fox brags about six million viewers lol I think the have 12 million worldwide so a long ways to go to a billion. No wonder they feel the need to brag and lie about ratings.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#7 Sep 8, 2011
Jason wrote:
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They used to do the same thing in the States with both black and gays. There are still a few fringe extremist right wing groups in the States that have those feelings which is why it is hard for Republicans to get elected as President anymore. They took over that party and Americans are NOT right wing. They tend to be middle and in large Cities toward the left of center. Obama won the majority of the Catholic votes which proves this.
The pubs have nothing going for them in the next election unless they come up with someone we haven't heard about yet and pull toward the center.
They have stopped using the term mainstream media because they found out what mainstream means. It means the majority of Americans and the majority watch mainstream news. Fox is NOT a news station and it lags behind CNN in the ratings because CNN has over one billion viewers worldwide as an International news station while Fox is mostly in the States and falling apart from the Non-American crook that started it. Fox brags about six million viewers lol I think the have 12 million worldwide so a long ways to go to a billion. No wonder they feel the need to brag and lie about ratings.
Really... in three paragraphs you got from Iran to Fox Network? Two evils, certainly, but hardly equivalent.

Is it just me, or does Iranian dictato.... erm... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad look like the love child of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojavech and former New York Governor David Patterson?

And for the love of Earl Gray, Guardian editors... when you decide to change a derisive phrase to something less rabidly homophobic in a news column, it is traditional to remove the offending phrase first. I refer to the following line from the story, quoted verbatim: "It is not clear whether the three men were homosexuals or merely smeared with homosexualityaccused of being gay." Clearly, someone meant to replace "smeared with homosexuality" with "accused of being gay;" the former phrase being strangely and evocatively ambiguous, as if homosexuality is like a hot tar that can be smeared on someone, presumably as a precursor to feathers.

Such barbarians they are in Iran, with that Sharia law and their wanton executions! In America last year, we only executed 46 people (44 by lethal injection, one by electric chair, and one by firing squad) and we're sure they really, really deserved it!

Iran continues to be way past the line of radical Islam. what atrocities they commit against their own people -Iran being a sovereign nation- is effectively nobody else's business. If the people there want to rise up against religious oppression by right wing extremists, then they should do so. Hey it worked in Libya, and only a few thousands of people had to die to make it happen.

But the rest of the world has a message for the likes of Iran: watch your step. We've bought a bunch of planes and bombs and drones and super-secret robot attack dogs, and we are really, really anxious to try them out. Just give us a reason.

Since: Feb 09

Southern California

#8 Sep 8, 2011
Well lets see a country who's half of population is illiterate they believe in what their supreme God Ahmadinejad tells them. Keeping the population from western influence and ideas is the way to keep your country in your tight fist.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#9 Sep 8, 2011
ScottyMatic wrote:
Iran continues to be way past the line of radical Islam. what atrocities they commit against their own people -Iran being a sovereign nation- is effectively nobody else's business. If the people there want to rise up against religious oppression by right wing extremists, then they should do so. Hey it worked in Libya, and only a few thousands of people had to die to make it happen.
Do you really think anything has changed that would make the next attempt more successful than the last attempt? From what I read, the previous attempt by Iranians to take out their regime was pretty overwhelming, although in the long-run the people were the ones overwhelmed.

Perhaps the problem for the Syrian, Egyptian, and Libyan regimes is that they weren't brutal and arbitrary enough.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#10 Sep 8, 2011
Juanpaul wrote:
Well lets see a country who's half of population is illiterate they believe in what their supreme God Ahmadinejad tells them. Keeping the population from western influence and ideas is the way to keep your country in your tight fist.
Really?

May I point out two salient observations regarding your post?

The United States ranks 20th in literacy among world nations, trailing behind Slovenia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Azerbaijan, and Russia. Iran has 82% literacy, so your estimate was only dead wrong by 32%.

And Iran's President is only a functionary who oversees government officials. The RULER of the country is the Islamic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has held that position since 1999, after succeeding the founder of the republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who came to world attention during the Iran Hostage Crisis which began in 1979.

True, Iran's censorship of information regarding free speech, civil rights, democracy, certain religious content, and --gasp-- pornography, is among the most oppressive in the world. But the people there know the government censors everything anyway, so it's not as though they are clueless yokels.

It's just that if they try to do anything about it, the government hangs them for robbery, kidnapping and homosexuality.

How would you like to be a defense lawyer in Iran?
Sgt Common Sense

Denver, CO

#11 Sep 8, 2011
I bet the conservative Christian Republicans are green with envy.

“Created Equal”

Since: Feb 08

USA

#12 Sep 8, 2011
nhjeff wrote:
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Do you really think anything has changed that would make the next attempt more successful than the last attempt? From what I read, the previous attempt by Iranians to take out their regime was pretty overwhelming, although in the long-run the people were the ones overwhelmed.
Perhaps the problem for the Syrian, Egyptian, and Libyan regimes is that they weren't brutal and arbitrary enough.
More fact checking, please.

The 2009 protests were NOT an attempt to overthrow the regime. They were protesting the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. The protestors (correctly) asserted that the elections had been rigged. But who the president is makes little difference, since he is not the ruler of the country, the Ayatollah is. Had they even suggested the overthrow of the Supreme Leader, they would have been gunned down in the streets, instead of just tear-gassed.(The Ayatolla appoints the head of the defense ministry, not the president. The Ayatollah directs the military; the President directs the police.) Traditionally, the Ayatollah doesn't muck about in the nation's politics (apart from being the one who appoints nearly all the officials who weild any real power.)

The problem for Syria, Egypt, and Libya was that the violent government oppression was obvious and apparent. In Iran, while the social atmosphere is quite oppressive to freedom of ideas, the government is generally more peaceful and gentle than the common people... who fully subscribe to the idea that if you are caught stealing, you should have your hands cut off... and if you are caught with your neighbor's wife, you have something else cut off. These are basic concepts in radical Islamic justice. So the Ayatollah happily allowed the protestors to squabble over the outcome of the elections. Allowing those protests to happen makes the people believe that they have a voice, and that the presidency matters, when in fact, it's mostly just a sham.

The Ayatollah runs the show from behind a thick and heavy veil.

There were reports of police firing at protestors, but mostly they just dispersed the crowds with tear gas. It was much less arbitrary and brutal than the government violence in Libya.

Truth be told, the protestors were in much more danger from other protestors than they were from the authorities.

Oh and regarding the part of my post to which you were responding, see: IRONY.

Since: Jul 11

Los Angeles, CA

#14 Sep 8, 2011
So, President "I'm a dinner jacket" (I love that line!) thinks we have "gay grease" we can "smear" on others to make them gay?

There's a few guys I'd like to try that on! ;)
Horris

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Sep 8, 2011
Feel-good story of the week. WTG Iran!

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Since: Sep 11

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#16 Sep 8, 2011
I heard Iran doesn't have any homosexuals, were these 3 guys tourists or something?

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Since: Jan 08

Bangkok, Thailand

#17 Sep 8, 2011
Horris wrote:
Feel-good story of the week. WTG Iran!
I'll give you a one way ticket to Tehran. When are you leaving?

Won't it be good to be with your kind of people!

“WOOF !”

Since: Jul 11

Libertarian

#18 Sep 8, 2011
But they STILL get the 72 virgins, right ?!

:)

Since: Mar 09

Location hidden

#19 Sep 8, 2011
Iran's nuclear reactors are just for electricity.

Right.

“WeWillKillUinYou rSleepXmasMorn”

Since: Nov 08

"The 14th Amendment Works "

#21 Sep 8, 2011
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Three less!
Be Happy, Not Gay" Hey I was born that way! That is all they need shout! Get over it homo’s! Every kind of pervert in America can chant this! Hey harvey! Want some milk with that twinkie? Rumor has it. That on harvys headstone. A urinal is on the backside. The drain goes down into his box. And it appears the letters NAMBLA are on the headstone. America needs a paragraph 175 SAF SAF!
Oh look it's the one trick pony man! I didn't know that cock roaches could be retarded,and yet here one is! Slither away cock roach before someone crushes you under their righteous boot! LOSER!

Since: Jul 11

Location hidden

#22 Sep 9, 2011
another prime example of what happens when grown people have beliefs in mythical fairytales.... end religions now and advance humans by light years

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

Since: Sep 07

Littleton, NH

#23 Sep 9, 2011
FAQHATER wrote:
Same old lame post
It's not often posters choose names that describe themselves so accurately. Congratulations to a man who knows himself well!

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