Morgan asked the him leader: “Shouldn’t freedom and individuality and all those things also extend to people who just happen to be gay? …Wouldn’t it be great for the President of Iran to say you know [what], everyone’s entitled to be whatever sexuality they are born to be?”
After Ahmadinejad said he does not believe people are born gay, he insisted that such people “wish to legitimize stealing.”
Morgan also discussed the recent attacks on U.S. outposts in the Middle East, and the wave of unrest sweeping the region.
“The big catalyst for protests at the moment in the Middle East was the [YouTube video] that was released which mocked the Prophet Mohammed,” Morgan stated. “Do you condemn the attack which caused his murder?”
While Ahmadinejad gave lip service to resolving conflicts in a more “humane atmosphere,“ he essentially said the attacks might stop if the West refrains from the ”abuse of freedom” he claims prompted the violence. Noting that offending Muhammad is a crime in “many places,” Ahmadinejad equated freedom of speech with destruction and murder:
I do think that [extremism] gives birth to following and subsequent extremists. Perhaps if the politicians take a better position in the West vis-a-vis offensive words, or thoughts, or pictures towards what we hold holy, [conditions] will improve.