We live in a strange time here in America in which gays and lesbians claim to face immense persecution and discrimination, mainly because some of us don’t agree with them. We even hear comparisons to the Civil Rights era of the mid-20th century.
It could always be worse. These folks could live in a place like Iran, where leadership still talks about executing gays. Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a German reporter that his nation still reserves the right to kill people over their sexual orientation.
Regarding Iran’s execution of gays, Zarif said that: “Our society has moral principles, and according to these principles we live. These are moral principles regarding the behavior of people in general. And that’s because the law is upheld and you abide by laws.”
Iran has killed gays by the thousands in the 40 years since their Islamic Revolution, and they don’t plan on stopping – their most recent exeuction took place in January.
Naturally, this doubling down on executing people for homosexuality has generated some backlash from the United States and Germany:
Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, told The Jerusalem Post on Monday: “The UN’s Declaration of Human Rights makes clear that these answers from the Iranian regime are violating basic UN principles. UN members should agree with the Declaration in order to be members. Criminalizing homosexuality violates the Declaration, plain and simple.”
Volker Beck, a German Green party politician and LGBT activist, told the Post: “Zarif makes clear what Iran stands for: contempt for the human rights of homosexuals, women and religious minorities.” Beck, who is also a lecturer at the Center for Studies in Religious Sciences (CERES) at the Ruhr University in Bochum, added whoever supports the mullahs knows what they represent. He said that “The hanging of homosexuals and stoning women is considered a moral principle by the Islamists in Tehran.”
It’s both laughable and infuriating that here in America the LGBT brownshirts are going after bakers and florists for choosing not to offer their services for gay weddings, not just because we have plenty of bakeries and floral shops in this country, but also because there are actual nations like Iran that execute people over their lifestyle.
The next time someone gets in your face about persecution against gays, remind them that Iran actually engages in state-sanctioned murder of homosexuals. That’s something that people should get angry about.
But not here in America. Instead, it’s “bake the cake, bigot.”