A gay teenager who sought sanctuary in Britain when his boyfriend was executed by the Iranian authorities now faces the same fate after losing his legal battle for asylum.
Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study English in 2004 but later discovered that his boyfriend had been arrested by the Iranian police, charged with sodomy and hanged.
In a telephone conversation with his father in Tehran, Mr Kazemi was told that before the execution in April 2006, his boyfriend had been questioned about sexual relations he had with other men and under interrogation had named Mr Kazemi as his partner.
Fearing for his own life if he returned to Iran, Mr Kazemi claimed asylum in Britain. But late in 2007 his case was refused. Terror-stricken at the prospect of deportation the young Iranian made a desperate attempt to evade deportation and fled Britain for Holland where he is now being detained amid a growing outcry from campaigners.
He appeared before a Dutch court yesterday to plead with the authorities not to return him to Britain where he is almost certain to be sent back to Iran.
In a letter to the British Government, Mr Kazemi has told the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith: "I wish to inform the Secretary of State that I did not come to the UK to claim asylum. I came here to study and return to my country. But in the past few months my situation back home has changed. The Iranian authorities have found out that I am a homosexual and they are looking for me." He added: "I cannot stop my attraction towards men. This is something that I will have to live with the rest of my life. I was born with the feeling and cannot change this fact but it is unfortunate that I cannot express my feeling in Iran. If I return to Iran I will be arrested and executed like my former boyfriend." ...
[RLCC: "I cannot stop my attraction towards men. This is something that I will have to live with the rest of my life. I was born with the feeling and cannot change this fact but it is unfortunate that I cannot express my feeling in Iran." This is pure false propaganda even if he does face execution in Iran. If it is true that he would be executed if returned, then he should not be returned. However, this news story is written and emphasized with the view of promoting the falsehood that homosexuals can not choose to change. If homosexuals can not choose to change, then no one can choose to change behavior. The mind is capable of changing the flesh of itself and the rest of the body. It isn't something that people find easy or readily grasp concerning how to do it, but it can be done. People do it everyday all the time. To say otherwise is to offer nothing but excuses for bad behavior. By bad, we mean harmful. Homosexuality is certainly that.
Blogging from Digg as I am, I can't include any HTML code. I can't create a link to our posts on homosexuality. I will though edit this post once it's posted to the RLCC site by the Digg system. It's that important. It's important for people to know that homosexual behavior is far from harmless. It matters to all real Christians, because Jesus told his followers (we are his followers) to be as harmless as doves. One can not be as harmless as a dove while knowingly and avoidably doing harm to anyone, and Homosexual behavior is always avoidable.
Here's the link: "Homosexuals: What they ignore."
No one can use homosexuality as an excuse to do harm to others. It doesn't matter that it is a sexual urge. So what? People can go without sex. Sexual urges are not something that can not be overcome.
Iran is wrong to execute anyone for anything. It is anti-God to do so. It is selfish. It is putting the flesh above the higher good that is setting the right example. Homosexuality won't be ended by coercion. It will be freely chosen away. When everyone finally has it in his or her heart not to be harmful and selfish, then there will be no homosexuality. Then Heaven and Earth will conflate and all evil of all kinds will disappear. There will be no more greed, violence (capital punishment included), or depravity. All will be righteous.]
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