The Reuters headline says a puzzling thing: Outrage turns to laughter at Ahmadinejad NY speech.

So what warmed the cockles of the hearts of the audience? A joke:

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at Columbia University on Monday in response to a question about the recent execution of two gay men there. “In Iran we do not have this phenomenon,” he continued. “I do not know who has told you we have it.”…

After his assertions that Israel persecutes Palestinians and that Iran’s nuclear program is for energy not weapons, the Iranian leader’s comment on gays broke the tension.

Ah, so the execution of two gay men is now a joke at one of America’s most esteemed universities.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.

Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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