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"We do not have Nuclear Bombs in our couyntry. We do not know what these `Nuclear bombs` are, we have not heard of them"
You know, the percentage of sex scandals amongst priests is about the same as the percentage of sex scandals amongst non-priests. The reason why we hear about it more with priests is that priests are community leaders and the church is supposed to uphold certain values. I`m not complaining about the publicity the sex scandals and cover-ups in the church gets, in my opinion priests and the church SHOULD be held more accountable than most people given the amount of influence they wield over people, but it just annoys me when people make comments about priests being commonly perverse in nature.
Sorry to burst your bubble sweetheart. You are pretty close, because "mother" in Farsi is "maadar"
The President is starting his speech with "ma dar" which are two separate words (but pronounced somewhat similarly) that mean "we" and "in". He says: "Ma dar Iran...", which means, "In Iran, we..."
You are correct about the root of the word Islam, however, "Salam" also falls under this 3-letter root (S, L, M), which means "Peace". They are all ultimately related words.
Also, my comparison with the Crusades is justified: The Crusades originally had the goal of recapturing Jerusalem and the sacred "Holy Land" from Muslim rule. It was a war waged by one religion on another because of a lack of tolerance, and the situation is very similar right now. The Islamic Fundamentalists are waging a holy war against the "Infidels" due to their lack of tolerance.
And I am glad that there are some people who understand that the only thing ordinary Muslims want is peace as well...
First of all, I have to agree with you, in that there are many Muslims that just want to practice their religion in peace and get on with the business of day to day living.
However, the root of the word Islam is “al-Silm,” which means “submission” or “surrender.” Talk to any Islamic scholar. The Qur`an asks Muslims to submit to the will of Allah, and commands them to subdue people of other religions until they are in full submission of Islamic rule.
Also, the comparison of modern day Islamic fundamentalism to the Crusades is not "the same situation".
Islam, on the other hand, is a religion which a select few extremists (read Bin-Laden and such) have perverted. This is the same situation as the Crusades of Christianity, a twisting of the meaning of the religion. The term "Islam" comes from the Arabic word for "Peace", and if any of you ever get to know a true Muslim, you will see how incorrect the media`s portrayal of the the majority of Muslims is.
Ahmadinejad was clearly dodging the question, however. He was basically being asked why homosexuality was a crime in Iran punishable by death. He then basically answered the question with, "Homosexuals? What homosexuals?"
Being Iranian simply means that you are a citizen of Iran. Being Persian, however, means that you are ethnically Persian, as opposed to being Turk, Arab, Balooch, Qashqai, etc. Persians are an ethnic majority in Iran.
Finally, there is "partial" religious freedom in Iran. You are free to practice any religion so long as it is mono-theistic. Islam is the most common. But there are plenty of Christians, Jews, and Zoroasterians (Iran has the largest population of Jews in the Middle East outside of Israel)
A little different from denying their presence, because I assure you there are homosexuals in Iran, they just don`t come out of the closet. I would say the situation is similar to what it was here a few decades ago, when it was still not as accepted to be homosexual (and still isn`t in many parts of the country today)...
So yeah, if you can deny the holocaust, I suppose you can also deny that homosexuals don`t exist in your country. Though I think he should go one step further and talk about the Earth being flat and the sun being a hot ball of metal that`s stuck up in the sky.
I think it was a simultanous translation; and for the pauses, it appears probable that the grammatical construction of the english and iranian language might be very different, so the translator would have to listen to the whole or half a sentence before beginning to translate and then also adjust in the process to get a smooth connection to the next part.
But still your point is valid for anybody who doesn`t speak Iranian: we only heard the translator. (altough I don`t share your conclusion)
just my 2 cent
But the fact that he said there`s no homosexuals over there, makes me think he`s just really dumb
i dont think he meant there are no homosexuals at all in Iran or else he wouldnt order their deaths..