Iran: Police Chief Blames Homosexuality for the Collapse of Family Values in the West

October 19, 2007: General Esmail Ahmadi Moghadam, the head of Iran’s Law Enforcement Agency (ILEA), blamed homosexuality for the collapse of the family in the West, and accused the United States of embracing immorality and alcoholism as social values. Speaking at the Friday prayer service in Tehran, the capital, the Iranian police chief claimed: “ the West is leading to nowhere… Today, Communism [?] is dominant in Western societies, In those societies people challenge God’s laws and denying spirituality and [religious] values has become a norm.

 

According to the semi-independent Iranian News Agency, ISNA, Mr. Moghadam further added, “ this worldview has caused the West to operate like an economic institution, replacing morality, self-sacrifice and generosity with pleasure and having fun.” Reminding the audience of the collapse of families in the West, he added, “ They have accepted homosexuality as a value in their societies and then ask our president why homosexuality, immorality and consuming alcohol is not legal in Iran. These phenomena are embedded in the West.”

 

The Police Chief, who was a guest speaker at the weekly religious service, sharply criticized whose who oppose Sharia law, “ there are those who take advantage of the freedom of expression in Iran, using their poisonous pens to attack Islamic punishments as inhumane regulations that have prevented Iran from being accepted in International community.” He promised that the police forces will continue to crackdown on moral and social crime, as part of ILEA’s ongoing “Operation Improving Social and Moral Security”. He praised the crackdown as a successful campaign, “ Even if we had some doubts in the early stages of this operation, and some community leaders were concerned about the possible outcomes, today we think everyone agree that those measures were successful.”

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Transsexual wins landmark case after epic 10-year battle

By Allison Bray

The Government is legally obliged to revise the law on the rights of those who have changed sexes following a landmark decision in the High Court yesterday.

The ruling on the identity papers of transsexuals found the State breached the European Convention on Human Rights.

In a decision that made legal history yesterday, Mr Justice Liam McKechnie ruled that the Taoiseach must go before the Dáil within 21 days of the publication of his ruling to outline how the Government will bring Ireland in line with the Convention.

The ruling centres on the high-profile case of dentist Lydia Foy (59), who changed her sex from man to woman through gender-reassignment surgery 15 years ago.

Although she changed her sex physically, she has been engaged in a decade-long legal battle with the State to alter her name and sex on her birth certificate to reflect her new identity.

The judge ruled that the State’s failure to provide for “meaningful recognition” of her new identity violated her human rights and she was entitled to court costs and compensation for her lengthy court battle.

He also found that the State was remiss in not recognising the rights of transgendered people five years ago when most other EU countries were doing so.

Justice McKechnie, who is expected to let several weeks lapse before issuing his court order to allow the Government time to consider it, said the State “for whatever reason” had decided not to act and was very much isolated within the Council of Europe states in that regard.

Gender Dysphoria, a syndrome in which a person’s sexual identity is at odds with their physical attributes, is a recognised psychiatric condition and “a living tragedy” for many people who often had a burning desire to have their new sexuality legally recognised, the judge said.

That desire was the reason why so many were driven to embark on a fight for legal identity which was humiliating and often unsuccessful.

Everyone, as a member of society, has a right to human dignity, he stressed.

While the judge’s decision does not strike down any laws here, including laws dealing with the system of birth registration, it puts an onus on the State to address the situation of transgendered persons.

The judge indicated that one means of bringing the State into compliance with Article 8 would be to introduce laws similar to the Gender Recognition Act in the UK under which a person may secure identity documents and new birth certificates reflecting their new sexual identity without their original birth or marriage certificates being affected.

Dr Foy had also claimed her right to marry under Article 12 of the ECHR was being violated by the absence of legislation here. However, because Dr Foy is not yet divorced, the judge said a legal impediment to her remarrying existed which was not related to gender issues.

However, the judge made clear that, were Dr Foy divorced, it would “inescapably” follow there would be very compelling reasons under Article 12 of the convention to facilitate the remarriage of post-operative transgendered persons.

He was delivering his 70-page judgment on the 10-year legal battle by Dr Foy of Athy, Co Kildare, for a birth certificate describing her as female and for a number of declarations under the ECHR.

Born Donal Mark Foy, she married and fathered two children before undergoing gender realignment surgery almost 15 years ago. The marriage ended in the 1990s and Dr Foy changed her name by deed poll in 1993.

Dr Foy’s estranged wife and children had opposed the proceedings, expressing concern about implications for the legality of the marriage and succession rights.

Charity warns kids could be prosecuted under incitement law

From the UK:  10th October 2007

A leading children’s charity has said that playground taunts may lead to arrests under a proposed new law.

On Monday the Justice Secretary announced that incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation would become an offence in the new Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill before Parliament.

Kidscape, who work with bullied and vulnerable children, said that the use of the word “gay” among children is so prevalent that many did not even understand what it means.

“The word is almost at the point where it has become a general insult, the opposite of cool,” Claude Knights, training manager at Kidscape, told the Daily Telegraph.

“Children say things like, ‘Your trainers are gay.’

“It is almost in youth culture now. You get kids in primary school using it and they don’t have any idea what the word means.

“If we are going to have consequences [to the new law] we have got to have common sense in how it is applied.”

In April an 11-year-old boy was the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a “gay boy” in an e-mail.

The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.

The boy told his parents that he used the word “gay” instead of “stupid” and did not mean to be homophobic. No action was taken against him.

Stonewall’s recent report into bulling in schools found that 92% of gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils have experienced verbal abuse, 41% physical bullying and 17% have been subject to death threats.

30% of pupils reported that adults have been responsible for incidents of homophobic bullying in their schools.

The new incitement law is supported by the Liberal Democrats, but the Conservative party has been more cautious, citing concerns about free speech.

Last month the Department for Children, Families and Schools published new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying, which provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.

Iran admits that it does have gays

10th October 2007 22:20
PinkNews.co.uk writer

The President of Iran claims he was misrepresented by Western media when he was quoted as saying that there are no gays in Iran. A presidential aid now says that he simply meant not as many as in the United States.

Last month, PinkNews.co.uk quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reply to a question posed about homosexuality during his speech at New York’s Columbia University as: “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country… In Iran we do not have this phenomenon, I don’t know who has told you that we have it.”

Presidential media adviser Mohammad Kalhor today said: “What Ahmadinejad said was not a political answer. He said that, compared to American society, we don’t have many homosexuals,”

Kalhor told Reuters that due to historical, religious and cultural differences homosexuality was less prevalent in Iran and the Islamic world than in the West.

In August a newspaper, Shargh, was shut down for printing an interview with a lesbian poet, Saghi Ghahreman.

In July 2005, two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were executed sparking protests around the world. Since then, PinkNews.co.uk has reported on public executions and lynchings of gay people across the country.

“There are no homosexuals in Iran”

Iranian President Ahmadinejad's contention during a speech at Columbia University 
that here are no homosexuals in Iran brought some heavy criticisms of the Iranian 
leader.  Taking questions from Columbia faculty and students who attended his 
address recently,  Mr. Ahmadinejad answered a query about the treatment of gays
in Iran by saying: "We don't have homosexuals like in your country. We don't have 
that in our country. We don't have this phenomenon; I don't know who's told you 
we have it."
 
 Perhaps the reasons there are not homosexuals in Iran is because the President 
orders them executed!  Imagine what it is like to live under a repressive regime such 
as Iran.  The ignorance and bigotry exhibited by state leaders and indeed ministers 
such as our own Minister of Health recently, sends shivers through the entire global 
community.  After all, Human Rights are not just about how straight or gay someone is.  
Diversity must be accepted if we are to go forward as humans who seek to develop 
and evolve.  
 
This reminds me of the time a group of women activists in Sri Lanka were asked 
about the situation in Sri Lanka for Lesbians and the reply was "we have no lesbians 
in Sri Lanka!”  Surely, one may ask, are people this ignorant?  Or is it that the 
proverbial ‘head in the sand’ syndrome just takes over.  Somehow, its hard to 
believe that people can be that narrow minded and closed.  Alas!  This phenomenon 
just keeps growing rather than diminishing.