Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, today warned Iran's high-ranking clerics against the "flooding of ravaging moral decay" by the West, specifically the legalization of homosexuality.
Today's comments by the 76-year-old Iranian leader were made during his 40-minute meeting with the 88 members of the newly-elected Assembly of Experts, a council of clerics that is responsibe for choosing the country's Supreme Leader's successor.
Ayatollah Khamenei had a captive audience in the room with him: Iran's former president Hashemi Rafsanjani, current president Hassan Roouhani, and the head of Iran's Judiciary Ayatollah Amoli (all three are also members of the powerful council).
Ayatollah Khamenei claimed that "there is no worst form of moral degeneration than [homosexuality]." He warned them that the West's sexual freedoms will not stop at legalization of homosexuality and will one day lead to legalized "incest and even worse."
Ayatollah Ali Khamenie, the highest ranking religious and political authority in Iran, also criticized the West for not allowing the opponents of homosexuality to freely speak up their minds.
The following is the full transcript of the segment of Ayatollah Khamenei's speech on homosexuality:
The main objectives of the [1979 Iran's Islamic] Revolution included: Islamic governance, freedom, social justice, public welfare, eradication of poverty and ignorance, and resistance to the flooding of the ravaging moral decay, which has been coming out from the West to the rest of the planet. You can all see the manifestation of such [moral decay]: In various countries, they first legalized homosexuality, and then took one step further, and viciously heckle those who are against it.
There is no worst form of moral degeneration than [homosexuality].
In the years past, there were some who thought that since the West allows freedom of sexual contacts between men and women, there is less lust in those societies. [They thought so, since] people normally desire more of the forbidden fruit. But now the opposite of that theory is proved to be the case: In the West, where there is unlimited [sexual] freedom between men and women, the sexual lust among them increasingly manifests itself in a more pronounced, aggressive and even violent ways. But it won't stop here. In the future, not sure exactly when, they will legalize incest and even worse.
This is where the moral decay will lead us.
The audio and video files form Ayatollah Khamenei's speech is available from his official website (speech is from 12:30 to 14:10):
Published on May 27, 2016 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization