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A sick world – two gay Iranian teenagers executed

[UPDATE (7/23): a followup post – Will Condi listen? Asked to condemn Iran for executing gay teens

[UPDATE (9:26 PM): House Blender Warren captured the now-pulled Freeper thread (guess it got too out-of control for them). I have the first page here.]

Journalist Doug Ireland has the details on a story that will make your blood boil. I don’t even know what to say.

Two gay Iranian teenagers — one 18, the other believed to be 16 or 17, were executed this week for the “crime” of homosexuality, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on July 19. (The ISNA report is in Farsi, and was translated into English by the British gay rights group OutRage!, which released its report today–ISNA also provided the terrifying photos of the teens’ last moments you see on this page.) The two youths — identified only by their initials as M.A. and A.M., were hanged in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, on the orders of Court No. 19. The hanging of the teens was also reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

Consensual gay sex in any form is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the website Age of Consent, which monitors such laws around the world, in Iran “Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword, or dropped from the highest perch. According to Article 152, if two men not related by blood are discovered naked under one cover without good reason, both will be punished at a judge’s discretion. Gay teens (Article 144) are also punished at a judge’s discretion.

Rubbing one’s penis between the thighs without penetration (tafheed) shall be punished by 100 lashes for each offender. This act, known to the English-speaking world as frottage,’ is punishable by death if the ‘offender’ is a non-Muslim.   If frottage is thrice repeated and penalty-lashes have failed to stop such repetitions, upon the fourth ‘offense’ both men will be put to death.

…And Outrage, in its release about the gay teens’ execution, noted that, “according to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. Last August, a 16-year-old girl was hanged for ‘acts incompatible with chastity.'”

In the case of the two teens hanged in Mashhad, “They admitted having gay sex (probably under torture) but claimed in their defense that most young boys had sex with each other and that they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death,” according to the ISNA report as translated by Outrage. “Prior to their execution, the gay teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes.”

Who is monitoring sexual behavior? Are there community spies that can report a second or third instance of an infraction? I feel sick that human beings can do this sort of thing to one another.

They were just getting started when I posted, so there’s probably even more foulitude up there now.

Actual Freeper Quotes

“And a big fat yawn from the Homofascist lobby. Somehow, this was Bush’s fault, he shuoldn’t have provoked them.”

The religion of compassion and peace. All facsist regimes seem to attract the worst elements of it’s society to deliver punishment.”

And yet the Left reverse Islam and sees the US as evil…so let I suggest we put through a bill that would allow immigration to anyone in the Democrat party to move to Iran at US government expense…we’ll pay the ticket if they agree to stay there.”

Someone with a kamikaze DUmmie account (mine isn’t) needs to post this over there and see what happens.”

Quite a double standard these islamists have, after hearing about the rampant buggery in afghanistan. Maybe they were too close in age.”

But the gay activists are more concerned with outting Gannon and Santorum’s staffer. Funny how they never lift a finger against TRUE anti-homosexual folks. But then, those eeeeeevil republicans don’t actually kill gays in retaliation, as the gay lobby would like you to believe, whereas these folks do. Keep at it, gay lobby. Keep whining about Matthew Shepard (how many years ago? and how long has his killer been jailed?) and pretending Americans who simply don’t want your lifestyle foisted on them are the devil, while real evil is in front of you, but might actually require some risk on your part to confront.”

Or the proponents of the anti-homosexual marriage amendments. Their “hatred” stirs up “hate crimes” against Homosexuals.”

The executioners wore masks fearing reprisals and anti-riot forces put the entire area under their control to prevent outbreak of public protests. The Iranian public isn’t 100% unified behind their Islamo-fascist leaders??”

Maybe one made the fatal mistake of “squealing like a pig.””

Maybe they were too close in age.

No, it’s because they weren’t sheep or camels.”

Wow, this will have the gay libs supporting Bush’s war on terror, seeing how the islamofascists really have it in for gays, right? (trying to stifle laughter)”

gads! When are they going to learn & give up/change/ keep quiet about their lifestyle?”

They shirts sure are clean and pressed while the rope is being around their necks for them to have been flogged 228 times. . .”

Thanks to House Blenders Wayne and Paul for the pointers.

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