Iranian clerics are campaigning for a continued crackdown on “badly veiled women” who are being compared to drug traffickers. Ironically, conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being described as something of a libertine for suggesting that the government may try to emphasize a “cultural campaign” over the recent public measures taken against women who have been pulled from cars or off the street due to hair showing beneath their veils.
Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati is rallying clerics all over Iran, stressing “[d]rug traffickers are hanged, terrorists are executed and robbers are punished for their crimes, but when it comes to the law of God, which is above human rights, [some individuals] stay put and speak about cultural programs.” He asked followers “[s]hall we let badly-veiled women be free in the society corrupt our youth?”
Many clerics appear to be responding and calling for an increase in the public crackdown on such “badly veiled women.”
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The idea is that you are supposed to keep your mind on God all the time. So they cover up the women because otherwise they are a distraction. I gotta admit, it’s hard to keep my mind on God with a bunch of hotties running around in various stages of undress, which happens often in the US. But then, it’s hard to keep my mind on that sonofabitch, anyway.
More photos of Neda–modern attire and the classic hijab headscarf:
Persian women are much too beautiful to remain hidden behind any ‘black’ veil of theocratic secrecy.
When I saw thumbnail, I thought of the lovely Neda, who was shot and killed 1 year ago—tomorrow, 6/20/10, is the first anniversary of her tragic death.
Get those baskets ready. After that comment you’ll need them…
I like the misogynist being on the Human Rights Council. I R A. N. or I-Ran or I-gnorant. R-epulsive A-ssed N-ation.
Burka Barbie does not seem to be appropriately veiled.
What I found particularly offensive about that is the line “There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.” Considering the source. That’s like the Pope saying “There are lots of people in the RCC who love your children more than you do.”
And while you’re at it, get rid of those “unclean” dogs too.
“TEHRAN – A senior Iranian cleric has decreed dogs are “unclean” and should not be kept as pets — a move aimed at discouraging Western-style dog ownership in the Islamic state, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Dogs are considered “unclean” under Islamic tradition but, while relatively rare in Iran, some people do keep them as pets.
By issuing a fatwa — a religious ruling — Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi has sent a clear message that this trend must stop.
“Friendship with dogs is a blind imitation of the West,” he was quoted as saying in Javan daily. “There are lots of people in the West who love their dogs more than their wives and children.”
Guard dogs and sheep dogs are considered acceptable under Islamic law but Iranians who carry dogs in their cars or take them to public parks can be stopped by police and fined.
The Koran does not explicitly prohibit contact with dogs, Shirazi said, but Islamic tradition showed it to be so. “We have lots of narrations in Islam that say dogs are unclean.”
How about the Iranian people get rid of “unclean” (not to mention ridiculous) zealots like Grand Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi?
Yeah. That would be a good start.
From the article:
“… the recent public measures taken against women who have been pulled from cars or off the street due to hair showing beneath their veils. …”
Iranian men … such gentlemen … do they all attend the Taliban’s Charm School?
Is there somewhere I can donate money to airlift women out of Iran (and Afghanistan)? Let the clerics and the mullahs and the members of the Guardian Council stay behind and take their religious frustrations out on each other instead of the women in their society. I wonder how dedicated they would be to their “religious laws” if there were no one left to control and persecute but themselves.
Am I being too picky to expect a LA Times article to have no spelling errors? Sorry about that; I mispell sometimes, too, but the LA times?
What an iconic picture accompanies this article! One wonders just how much repression young Iranian women will take before they finally blast these medieval mullahs to kingdom come.
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