Clowns & Jokers

Stuck in the middle.... Left, right, centre. It's a mess out there.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Islamic dress codes should not be imposed by confrontation, Iran's president said on Sunday as police said they would be taking a softer approach during a summer campaign against "social corruption".

"Presumably this means that unlike the early days of the revolution, women will not be forced to wipe their make up with handkerchiefs which concealed razor blades. Yipee!! Iranian women should be so grateful!"

The soft approach. Islamic Republic police and the militia women telling the Iranian women how they should dress:

From Azarmehr's blog . An Iranian living in Britain, last in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Really interesting and thoughtful posts well worth checking out. Bats away SWP members trolling his blog with relative ease (and humour).

I found his blog whilst googling Nazanin updates: Beautiful Brainy and Passionate about Iran


At Friday, 12 May, 2006, Blogger caliibre said...

Those that insist on enforcing women’s dress codes which, in the most conservative examples, force women to go about in what could be viewed as ‘sacks’ with eye holes cut in them are not, in my view, protecting the honour of women. Rather they are dishonouring themselves by demonstrating that they don’t have the strength of character, sincerity of spirit or personal will to control their own basest instincts. The emotional (EQ) and spiritual (SQ) quotients of intelligence seem to be lacking in many. IQ is a ‘fluke’ and is not enough, the other two quotients are essential in large amounts to overcome personal stupidity or is it that they suffer from plain old ‘dumbness’ borne of a cultural indoctrination that looks to the past and pleads for the return of the ‘dark ages’!

At Friday, 12 May, 2006, Blogger Alison said...

Thank you Calibre.

Julie Birchill in the Guardian in 2001:

"For quite a few years now, there has been a sustained effort on the part of the British media to present Islam - even after the Rushdie affair and now during the Taliban's reign of terror - as something essentially "joyous" and "vibrant"; sort of like Afro-Caribbean culture, only with fasting and fatwas. Just last week, the BBC's Kate Clark, the first female correspondent to be sent to Afghanistan, said blandly, "The situation is a lot more complex than just thinking that the Taliban are bad. For example, they have eradicated opium poppy cultivation this year."

Yes, and this year they also had a woman and her 12-year-old daughter beaten to within an inch of their lives when the woman removed her daughter's burqa - that hideous mobile prison women have to wear in the street - in order to help her breathe during an asthma attack. So, yes, Kate, the Taliban are bad, and it's not complex at all.

Islam Week brought us the wonders of mosques and Mecca, glossing over the Islamic Empire, which at its height was bigger than the Roman (remember: British Empire = bad, Islamic Empire = good), taking in - ho, ho, ho! - a Muslim football team and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen's creation of an "Islamic garden" and finishing up with Jools Holland's Rhythms Of Islam. Mind you, I did briefly start to feel sorry for them here: any espousal of one's cause by the terminally naff Holland must surely kill its cred stone dead.

That's Islam, then - fun, fun, fun! Not a mention of the women tortured, the Christian converts executed, the apostates hounded, the slaves in Sudan being sold into torment right now. Call me a filthy racist - go on, you know you want to - but we have reason to be suspicious of Islam and to treat it differently from the other major religions. I don't think that either Judaism or Christianity, for a start, have in recent times held that apostasy - rejecting the religion one was born into - should be punishable by death; a pretty humungous violation of basic human rights, I'd say. And, getting on to the woman question, we have every reason to feel suspicious of the motives of a religion that, in many countries, insists that half its followers - even children - spend their lives worrying about covering up every inch of the body God gave them. What a depressing view of human nature, that the glimpse of an ankle can turn men into ravening beasts. And what a sad example of sensory deprivation never to feel the sun on one's back or the breeze in one's hair.

While the history of the other religions is one of moving forward out of oppressive darkness and into tolerance, Islam is doing it the other way around. It is impossible that any Christian or Jewish country would suddenly start practising their fundamental religion as the Taliban have. And by 2025, the BBC informs us, a third of the world will be Muslim.

In the light of this, and the threat it poses to our human rights, I believe that mindless, ill-sorted Islamophilia is just as dangerous as mindless, ill-sorted Islamophobia. I know how dedicated it is to the cause of dumbing down, but the BBC really should try to take this amazingly complex notion on board",5673,537799,00.html


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