The Glory of Free Speech

The Right Wing Noise Machine is harumphing and pontificating and raging about the fact that a “liberal university” DARED to invite someone like Ahmadinejad to speak.

I invite all of you to watch this clip from the speech.

Ahmadinejad says that Iran has no homosexuals…..and the audience audibly LAUGHS AT HIM.

That’s the fucking point, isn’t it? Right there. The Right Wingers in this country would have us gasping and recoiling in horror from every tinpot little dictator — for if we’re afraid of them, any governmental excess in the name of combating these “monsters” is excuseable.

Far smarter, in my opinion, to let us see them in their pathetic reality, and laugh at them.

9 Replies to “The Glory of Free Speech”

  1. I’m sure they’re aware of it. They’re laughing at the ridiculousness of his lie, since his government’s treatment of homosexuals is well-documented.

  2. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

    >>Far smarter, in my opinion, to let us see them in their pathetic reality, and laugh at them.

    Which is why Jon Stewart keeps getting mistaken for a real journalist.

  3. Actually, your only option if you’re guy who loves guys in Iran is to have a sex change and become a woman. I know, it’s fucked up, but that’s what they came up with. I saw a report on it on a very serious French news program and it was just surreal.

    Thanks for the video, I’ll show it to an Iranian co-worker.

    But then again, I’ve had a Chinse co-worker who told me they there were no homosexuals in China… After some explanations in Mandarin with Chinese-American co-workers, she giggled a lot and admitted that OK, maybe there could be some, but the whole prospect seemed ludicrous. She was in her 40s.

  4. “No, seriously, guys, why are you laughing? There are no homo–I’m serious, c’mon! You’re totally making me lose my train of thought here. There are no homo–WHO TOLD YOU THAT?! Holy crap, man, seriously: The gay thing? We don’t have it. No, it’s true. Listen, you come over and you’ll see. No gays. None. We killed the last one like two days ago.”

  5. Showed it to my Iranian co-worker (not of Iranian descent, actually fresh off the plane). She was so ashamed at him making a fool of himself. And she confirmed that the only way for gay guys was either to hide or to have a sex change, and that everyone was to treat them with mercy as they are considered to suffer from a disease.

  6. Funny thing about a free society. A man with execrable ideas can speak all he likes so long as he doesn’t advocate action on those ideas.

    And we can mock, deride, or challenge those ideas with absolute impunity. Why should we hide from what he has to say? Anything Ahmadinejad says cannot stand in the face of reason or logic. Why give his ideas the credibility associated with silencing them, when simply exposing them and refuting them would be so much more effective?

    Too many people in this world haven’t the courage to say, “You’re wrong,” but they’ve got the hubris to say, “Shut UP!”

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