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September 24th, 2012
06:40 PM ET

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "Homosexuality ceases procreation...proper education must be given"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sits down with Piers Morgan for an exclusive hour-long interview that airs on the backdrop of this week's United Nations General Assembly meeting.

As part of a conversation that covers everything from politics to love, and Israel to Libya, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host also inquires about social issues, including homosexuality:

"Shouldn’t freedom and individuality and all those things also extend to people who just happen to be gay? Who were born gay. They weren’t made gay," says Morgan. "Wouldn’t it be great for the President of Iran to say you know something, everyone’s entitled to be whatever sexuality they are born to be? That would be a great symbol of freedom."

"Do you really believe that someone is born homosexual?" says Iran's 6th president, answering a question with one of his own. "I’m sorry. Let me ask you this. Do you believe that anyone is giving birth through homosexuality? Homosexuality ceases procreation. Who has said that if you like or believe in doing something ugly, and others do not accept your behavior, that they’re denying your freedom?"

"You are a father of three children," the host continues. "You have two sons and a daughter, what would you do if one of them was gay?"

Speaking through a translator, the 55-year-old former engineer and teacher shares his perspective:

"Proper education must be given," says Ahmadinejad. "If a group recognizes an ugly behavior or ugly deed as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as Ahmadinejad reveals Iran's plan upon facing a potential attack from Israel, and also shares his analysis of the recent unrest in Libya that led to the killing of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
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  1. adnan

    long live Ahmedinejad!

    September 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Craig & Joe.

    Another person that doesn't believe in science unless it matches their personal beliefs.

    September 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Chris

    Anyone that says being gay is a choice is pretty much saying that they, themselves could choose to be gay if they wanted to. That argument makes no sense! If being gay is a choice, when did all the "straight" people choose to be straight?!?!!??

    September 24, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max

      Why is CNN not letting post go through ?

      September 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • VGA

      Please google " Roman Catholic use to castrated choir boys as late as 1903 "

      September 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • R&R

      Did you know the Roman Catholic Church use to Castrate choir boys as late as the 1900's ? Piers did you ever ask the Pope or any world leaders about there view on this sick, barbaric that was a part of the church doctorin?

      "Pope Clement VIII became smitten with the sweetness and flexibility of their voices. ... While some Church officials suggested it would be preferable to lift the ban on women singers than to continue endorsing the castration of little boys, with the blessing of the Pope."
      Paul, 'Let women be silent in the assemblies, for it is not permitted to them to speak.' ... since it was illegal to perform castrations, ... all castrati presenting themselves for the choir boys claimed to have lost their genitals through tragic 'accident'."

      "After the Pope’s official acknowledgement and acceptance of castrati, the number of these "accidents" increased dramatically. Parents seeking upward mobility towed their little lads down to a barber or butcher who separated them from their testicles for a fee.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Hadi

    I'm just disappointed that CNN would give this guy the mice to talk about his nonsense ideas, while his gornment is killing thousands of indecent people.

    September 24, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon

      We saw no Mice ?

      September 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • RD

      Freedom of Speech will make sense if Ahmadinejad would let that happen in IRAN , but since it is a complete dictatorship why do they give him the opportunity to lye to millions of people very freely . why Mr Morgan didn't ask him about all the problems in IRAN ,with number of facts and easy prove that there are people getting killed and tortured in iran that he could put him on the spot . i still appreciate him putting ahmadinejad on the corner few times but not enough for public to know who he really is

      September 25, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sig

      Who are the millions of " indecent" people he has killed? Just asking?
      I have always wondered why it is perfectly ok for Israel and the US to have nuclear weapons , but no other country is allowed develop them ? Does anyone, in the US in particular, ever really wonder why so much of the Arab world has such animosity towards the West – could it be that the US completely align themselves with Israel no matter how much Israelis have slaughtered and taken over Palestinian land and continue to make refugees of so many people taken from their homeland. Read 'Mornings in Jenin". For another perspective. I am certainly no fan of Ahmadinejad, and I admire Piers for trying to get a glimpse into the man who seems to be the devil incarnate, we'll done Piers. It was very enlightening, but I hope the translator did the man justice??

      September 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Why ?

    Why doses CNN not let us post ?

    September 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Why ?

    Let freedom of speech work both ways.

    September 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Steve

    Why in the world would anyone, or news channel give this POS any air time. This is more reason why no one should whatch the Clinton News Network, CNN. Are you kidding me. WOW you people suck BIG time

    September 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve M

      Why would you not let him speak? I think Ahmedinejad is a POS as you put it but we value freedom of speech. It's good for the public to hear his views on everything even if they are backwards. He mostly made himself look worse anyways!

      September 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. nima

    Excuse me, did I just hear you ask him what he thinks about babies that are born gay??? how do you
    scientifically prove a baby is born gay? can you please explain that. perhaps i need to learn something about that?

    September 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • same here

      i was wondering the same thing...why would God make someone gay if he says its a sin?

      September 28, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. pia k

    why does ccn continue year after year to give 1 minute to ahmadinejad for a full hour??? he never answers the questons asked going back to when larry king had him on... you are wasting your viewers time...nothing new is to be learned or heard from this man.....

    September 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Rad

    The most idiotic thing ever said: "Single women in iran cannot ski". First of all, you can find many videos of single iranian women ski on youtube. If that's not enough, my cousins (all single women) ski every week during some seasons.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • aseb

      Who has said a single woman can not ski in Iran? What kind of question is that? As a media, you guys better do some research before bringing it up to public and broadcasting it!!!! By the way, allowing women to ski in Iran is not even related to being allowed to be gay... He was right, 2 different types of question. Please do not make people believe in false assumptions. Women even single or married can ski freely in Iran.

      September 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • El Capitan

        I don't think people can ski there because there isn't much snow.

        September 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rama

    Stupid questions. Why is is Mr.Morgan interested on topics like gays etc. Come to the point and ask some intelligent questions,

    September 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jone&Jane

      During 19 centuries, catholic church had castrated thousands of young kids from age 6 to 9 ! and guess why?
      Just in order to have nice soprano voices for the choir !!!
      In Italy 9 thousand kids were castrated annually by the church, they castrated them with hot water and knives !!
      When they become adults they call them castrato.

      Even the brother of present Pope Benedict 16 had recognized that he was used to slap kids to show them how to sing to the Lord, while others priests was abusing LEGALLY poor innocent kids.
      How could this ever happen?? Why in Christianity being Gay is a sin? Yet castrating and making a boy a eunuch is accepted by the church?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Rad

    did anyone catch the answer of Ahmadinejad when Piers asked "how many times have you been in love?" I MISSED THAT PART! i wanna know the answer LOL

    September 24, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • piak

      he said he loves all people...haha

      September 24, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. nima

    I think almost 90% of the things he said makes sense. Thank you CNN for interviewing him, and to those of you wondeirng why CNN gave him this interview, because THIS is AMERICA!

    September 24, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. piak

    guess you have not seen the yearly interviews going back to larry king... the same questions and the same non-answers. glad you agree with 90% of what he says.... maybe you should move to iran. but you would not be able to go skiing alone. maybe he can accompnay you.

    September 24, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Laufey Bustany

    Disappointing interview with Ahmaddinejad. Mr. Morgan's questions were old and embarrassing for the President and we learnt nothing new about Iran. Why not ask him questions about life, culture, education, healthcare in Iran? What are their biggest internal problems, acomplishments? Mr. Morgan gets an F!

    September 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • piak

      yep.. it was like watching all the larry king repeats and questions all over again from a few years ago.... a real wasted hour.

      September 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nima

        You don't like it? don't watch it. Your hour was wasted? GOOD. I am glad! People like you will always
        not stand for the rights of those who have been bullied around. Just as you have no clue girls go skiing in iran
        you have noo clue whats going on in gaza. Change you channel and watch your Academy Awards.
        YOu been brainwashed by your media, congrats!

        September 24, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • piak

        i am brainwashed by my media? it is our media that showed him and gave him an hour. you are a very ignorant woman it seems and very angry. you ever hear of freedom of speech? we have it hear in Amercia.... and freedom to express our opinions.....

        September 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. peyman

    i dont understand why cnn legitimizes ahmadinejad by giving him prim time on tv ?there are millions of iranian inside of the country suffering in the hands of this guy and the regime every day and they have been for 34 . this is an insulate to the people of iran .looking forward to see a republican in power soon

    September 25, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mona

    Piers Morgan!! I am not fan of Ahmadinejad But you did not you answer his question What Does the Holocaust has to do with Israel why did they start invading our land settling in our country? The Nazi are the one to Blame Piers Not the Arab or the Muslims !!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Oldi

    I believe that we must see the root of the problems in third world or progressing countries that are trying to build themselves up and be independent. There may be apparently some dictatorship in Iran, but it is needed for the time being as the superpowers (especially USA and its allies) are working day and night to destabilize these countries and hook o by crook take their resources away. A deep insight into the problems at any part of the world comes to be the result of infiltration of USA intelligence directly or indirectly. So Iran is doing well for the time being and is not threat to anyone. Moreover there is no absolute freedom in any part of the world even in USA. Torturing, killing thousands of innocent people by the name of stopping terrorism is not freedom too.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. fghj

    Proper education must be given! Eg: makeup and proper facial care. If a group recognizes an ugly person as legitimate, you must not expect other countries or other groups to give it the same recognition. Beauty is in the face of the beholder!!

    September 25, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. sergiu

    indeed he is as ugly as a toilet full of excrement of his countrymen

    September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Irani

    The interpretor sucked. For example he use ugly instead of obscene and indecent. Interpretor was way more off than Ahmadinejad himself.

    September 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Schizoid

    gee no wonder CNN has lost most of its viewers, I can´t believe they let someone as boring and brain-dead like Piers Morgan make this interview, he made many of the same questions done to this loon years ago (see larry kings interview of 2008) and we got the same Non-answers and dodging. I seriously he asked this guy about his love-life? about if woman in Iran can go to ski?. What about the effect of the sanctions imposed to iran?, the difficulty of selling iranian oil? their decaying infraestructure? they support to Assad´s regime? . Why the hell even let this lunatic appear on tv when he is only a pupet of the ayatola Khamenei.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon

      To broaden your mind you need to read and stop watching Fox Tv

      September 25, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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      September 26, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Pom van Grondelle

    Maybe not the right place to pay a compliment but here it is....... You really ask the right questions and leave no stones unturned. Your interviews are informative and easy to understand. To the point with a light touch here and there. A great program not to be missed. Nothin vulgar nothing cheap just great questions and wonderful quips! It's a joy to listen to the Queens' English!

    September 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. same here

    Piers Morgan is working for the devil

    September 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. punkette

    Ahmadinejad is a punk and must be betchslapped daily.

    December 12, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Willie THAMES!!!

      now that i think of it, you guys might hurt me again wit more of those radiation waves... so my bad, but Amehdinijad is right thou

      March 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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