Surprise: Iranian presidential website scrubs Ahmadinejad’s Columbia speech

posted at 11:40 am on September 26, 2007 by Allahpundit

Lefty site PageOneQ caught them with their pants down.

The official website of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has removed a portion of a transcript of his speech yesterday at Columbia University. In the scrubbed section, part of a question and answer period, Ahmadinejad said there are no homosexuals in Iran.

In a statement released by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission the organization noted that the comments had been removed from the Persian language version of the site, but left in the English transcription of the speech. Following an inquiry by PageOneQ made to the Iranian embassy, the entire question and answer period has been removed from the site

According to IGLHRC, no Persian language papers have reported on the remarks.

I don’t get it. What happened to truth, justice, science, and fairness for all peoples? His denial about gays isn’t the only part that’s been censored, either. Compare WaPo’s transcript to the English-language Iranian presidential transcript; his response to Bollinger’s “insulting” introduction at the beginning has vanished into the ether, doubtless to hide the fact that Bollinger addressed him at all. And here’s a subtle but telling little exercise in taqiyya at the very end. From WaPo, what he said to ingratiate himself with what he thought was a mainly Jewish and Christian audience:

God is aware of all reality. All researchers and scholars are loved by God. So I hope there will be a day where these scholars and scientists will rule the world and God himself will arrive with Moses and Christ and Mohammed to rule the world and to take us toward justice.

And the official Iranian translation, aimed no doubt at English-speaking Muslims:

The Almighty knows every thing and He loves scholars, researchers and teachers. We wish for the day when pious and pure scholars and scientists run the world and the pious ruler who shall be divine one rules over the world.

That’s a reference to the Mahdi, of course. There are surely more examples of this sort of revision in the transcript. If anyone wants to go through systematically and compare it to WaPo’s version for significant discrepancies, e-mail our tips address and let us know what you find.


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Oh gee, the Iranians lied, what a shock…….

doriangrey on September 26, 2007 at 11:47 AM

What is the chance that what is on the Iranian site is the prepared comments and what is on the WA Post site is what he said during the speech? That is often 2 different things. Bush does it all the time.

bnelson44 on September 26, 2007 at 11:49 AM

bnelson44 on September 26, 2007 at 11:49 AM

LOL! Trying to divert the conversation to Bush and got in at #2 to boot! You remind me of my vet pinching the cat’s ear so he won’t feel the needle going in.

RushBaby on September 26, 2007 at 11:56 AM

Gee…no one saw this one coming. (*cough cough*)

StoutRepublican on September 26, 2007 at 11:57 AM

RushBaby,

No, Bush was simply the 1st politician I remembered doing it only a few days ago in fact. But it is common amongst all public speakers.

bnelson44 on September 26, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Whoops, there it was

JammieWearingFool on September 26, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Iranians lied, US Soldiers/Christians/Jews/Gays/Women died.

MadisonConservative on September 26, 2007 at 12:11 PM

What is the chance that what is on the Iranian site is the prepared comments and what is on the WA Post site is what he said during the speech? That is often 2 different things. Bush does it all the time.

bnelson44 on September 26, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Zero, ziltch, da-nada, none what-so-ever. Had you watched the “debate” you wouldn’t be asking this question.

doriangrey on September 26, 2007 at 12:14 PM

PageOneQ is run by the same guy who has the site Blogactive.

Both are projects of Michael Rodgers the gay outer involved in the Foley and Craig issues.

CommentGuy on September 26, 2007 at 12:25 PM

My dear friends, all the words and messages of the divine prophets from Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, to David and Solomon and Moses, to Jesus and Mohammad delivered humans from ignorance, negligence, superstitions, unethical behavior, and corrupted ways of thinking, with respect to knowledge, on the path to knowledge, light and rightful ethics.

Seems to also have been removed.

amerpundit on September 26, 2007 at 12:33 PM

!:shock:!

heh not really, had ya for a sec tho…

trailortrash on September 26, 2007 at 1:15 PM

This is the reason for not letting him speak or visit anywhere but the UN. We have given him years of useful propaganda.

He will show how disrespectful we where. He will be able to show how he stood up to the “Evil Empire”.

He can say whatever he wants at home, however when he says it directly to us on our soil it will carry much more weight for his Middle Eastern friends. Truth does not matter, remember that, it only matters that he said it on our soil.

The MSM and Columbia University are willing accomplices.

Take care all.

Bogeyfre on September 26, 2007 at 1:16 PM

You can’t read the transcripts of the Columbia or U.N. address and not feel the war warnings. Something is up and what that is, I fear, is that Ms.Persia has the bomb already and is trying to tell us she is going to use it.

Paranoid in Texas.

Limerick on September 26, 2007 at 1:24 PM

It’ already started…

Take care all..

Bogeyfre on September 26, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Trying to paste link again.

Bogeyfre on September 26, 2007 at 1:27 PM

I give.

See Little Green Footballs you’ll find the story how he wnet into the “Lions Den”

Bogeyfre on September 26, 2007 at 1:28 PM

I watched the MadMan’s speech at the U.N. from yesterday this morning via the C-SPAN website. At 17:00 minutes the translator starts bumbling the translation. At 17:08 I’m hearing him say “..He’s fucked” (Pardon the language but I’m quoting what I hear.) Am I wrong?

MrC_5150 on September 26, 2007 at 1:39 PM

bnelson44 on September 26, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Hey, b, can you tell us the one about how Bush stole the election? Pretty please??????

bloggless on September 26, 2007 at 1:42 PM

See Little Green Footballs you’ll find the story how he wnet into the “Lions Den”

Bogeyfre on September 26, 2007 at 1:28 PM

“TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have faced ridicule in the United States by suggesting there were no homosexuals in Iran, but he won praise at home on Wednesday for taking his country’s case to “the Lion’s Den”.

Generally, politicians and media in the Islamic Republic — even some who have previously criticised the president — described Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York as a triumph and denounced the university president who called him “a petty and cruel dictator”.

“By fearlessly and courageously walking into the ‘Lion’s Den’ … he is sure to become even more of a hero in the Arab-Muslim street than before,” the daily Iran News wrote.”

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Yup, the little bitch played Columbia, and pretty much everyone else, like a drum.

MB4 on September 26, 2007 at 3:18 PM

I expect Mr. Bollinger to apologize any moment now…

Ahmi was, is, and always will be a tiny man.

Entelechy on September 27, 2007 at 12:59 AM