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.”