Photos That Stick With You

I’ve seen it about 25 times. For some reason, it still haunts me a bit.

The Background: From 2005. Two Iranian teen boys are hung for being gay. Homosexuality is punished by the death penalty in that country. Since 1979 estimates claim that between 2000 and 4000 people have been executed there for the crime. Here is a little more history of the story

Prior to their execution, the teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes. Their length of detention suggests that they committed the so-called offences more than a year earlier, when they were possibly around the age of 16.

This always reminds me of how damn lucky I am to be in this country. I’m with the majority of my fellow Americans in my disdain for the way the Bush administration has handled the ‘war’ against fundamentalist Islam. However, I never want to lose sight of the horror that reigns and the threat that exists when inflexible religious conviction merges with a governing state.

I mean, look at these guys…boys, really. Clean-cut. Polo shirts. Noose around their neck. It shocks the stereotypes.

It seems personal, which makes it hard for me to shake off.

Any photos that you’ve come across that hit you stronger than most?

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