Monday, September 24, 2007

Crossing the line, over and over again

I've been dying to rail against the disgusting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (President of Iran), his Holocaust denial and my personal incredulity that a top university would offer him a platform to spew this bile. But, much as I detest every word he utters, I was having a hard time making a link between his hate speech and the repro health/women's issues this blog is designed to cover.

But lo and behold, he gave me that very link at the aforementioned platform where, among other things, he insisted that there are no gay people in Iran and that women are treated wonderfully, with respect and that they enjoy the highest levels of freedom.

Well that explains why there are no protections for gay rights (umm, no gays therefore no rights) but what about that pesky honor killing thing? Y'know, where the state essentially sanctions stoning women to death for holding hands with a man? Which level of freedom does that count as?

2 comments:

ERS said...

Regarding "honor" killings, did you happen to notice in the news some weeks back that a Hollywood movie that was going to depict an Iranian "honor" killing caved to pressure and removed it from the film?

I understand the pressure, but, as someone who has devoted large chunks of her life to the problem, I was disappointed at the missed opportunity to raise awareness.

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

Roger said...

I would just like to remind you of the quote atributed to Voltaire, "I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend, to the death, your right to say it."

It always better to air these evils in public than to drive them underground.