Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have sparked the ire of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates when he slammed homosexuality as an "ugly behavior" that "ceases procreation" in a recent interview, but he's found an unlikely supporter in a conservative Iowa radio host.
As Media Matters for America reports, Jan Mickelson of Iowa's WHO-AM 1040 sounded off on Ahmadinejad's controversial exchange with CNN's Piers Morgan.
"I think it is absolutely fascinating that a moment of international tension -- where literally nuclear exchanges could occur -- incendiary comments about the legitimacy of countries and the roots of the legitimacy of Israel have been challenged and they're going to be eliminated," Mickelson observed. "What does CNN ask? 'Hey, what if your kids are gay?' That is a demonstration of the absolute moral, intellectual bankruptcy of the Western mainstream media and that particular journalist...how values can be so topsy-turvy."
He then continued, "And the weird thing is, you know, on that exchange I've got to go with that Iranian fellow. Did I ever think I would be in a position to actually agree with a potential serial-killing, nuclear-crazed hood?"
Of course, as the site notes, this isn't Michelson's first anti-gay proclamation. The Iowa Independent cites comments the radio host made at a 2010 fundraiser for the Iowa Family Policy Center as follows:
"Personally, I think two guys pretending to be sexual mates are making a mistake. More than that, they are violating the design of their bodies. More than that, they are sinning against their maker. More than that, they are likely to shorten their lives in this world and impair their destinies in the next."