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Men Are Forbidden to Wear Necklaces by Iranian Morality Police

Men Are Forbidden to Wear Necklaces by Iranian Morality Police

The Iranian regime is notorious for aggressively banning behavior that is deemed “un-Islamic”; indeed, they have deployed thousands of special forces to enforce regulations on clothing and haircuts.  The Iranian parliament recently proposed a bill that would outlaw dog ownership, on the grounds that it “poses a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the west,” and necklaces and “glamorous hairstyles” have been deemed similarly taboo for men.

I’ve heard a lot about Iran’s clothing regulations for women – namely that loose-fitting headscarves and shortened trousers are not tolerated, because they show skin – but it’s interesting to see that men are being subjected to similar strictures. 

Last year, the Iranian government released a list of approved haircuts for men, in an attempt to stop the “decadent” haircuts (like, ironically, the mullet) that had been trickling in from the West.  This was part of a larger effort to stop “the western cultural invasion” from destroying Iranian culture and Islamic values.

According to the Guardian, “women in particular are under more pressure because of the restriction on them to cover themselves from head to toe,” but men are also forbidden to wear shorts.  Men are also not permitted to wear necklaces.

An anonymous Tehran resident was quoted in the Guardian as saying, “It’s not only about clamping down on clothing, but they are spreading panic and fear by sending out this much of police into the streets under the name of this plan, to control the society. It’s unbelievable to see a regime that is not only concerned about its own survival but it goes into your personal life and interferes in that.”

It’s important to note that these restrictions interfere far more with women’s choices than with men’s, but men are not wholly exempt from the Iranian government’s encroachments on its citizens’ agency.

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11:24AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Is this for real? How stupid can we get?

7:47AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Scott...what is this seething fascination of yours that makes you a "holier than thou" proselytizer? If your logic was as faultless as you believe it to be, I may accept this Muslim claptrap. But in the real world, everyone has the right to any religion of their choice.An aware consciousness is the only prerequisite for union with God, whatever one may call him/her. The Bible, the Tao Te Ching, The Bhagavad Gita, The Vedas to mention just a few, are all extraordinary books which contribute to the saving of many souls. If you want to make God laugh, tell him your ideas. The ultimate reality of enlightenment brings with it no malice, no judgement or comparison, especially no hate. Hate such as you seem to be trying to spread comes from deep fear and a manifestation of an even greater desire to control. Please come to your sense and leave your rational mind somewhere where it cannot contaminate sincere and devoted people. Thank you. Namaste!

6:44AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Out of a total 190 countries in the world, the US military have permanent bases in a minimum of 135 countries and probably many more by now. Total World Domination is every megalomaniacs dream.

The CIA have tried at least twice to start a revolt in Iran so they can once again overthrow the legal government and install their own NWO puppet. The wars in the Middle East are largely to do with this same aim.

Because these attempts failed in Iran, due to the love the people have for their governance (clearly visible on YouTube at all of his very public speeches), the only alternative now is to use armed force against Iran.

In order that people don't complain there has been a media propaganda 'psyche war' spreading hatred and fear and that will no doubt be followed by a 'pre-emptive', which is just another world for 'aggressive', military campaign. Israel was created and armed by the NWO to serve this purpose according to Albert Pike (Grand Master of World Freemasonry).

Albert Pike's 3 World Wars;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m581aW5AH4M&feature=related

6:38AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Like I said before; the mass media have a propaganda campaign against Iran. You cannot believe a word or what they say when so much of it is proven lies. It's not wise to accept as truth the testimony of someone who has a personal vendetta against another. Or in this case, an agenda to take over another country in the quest of total world government control.

They are so brazen about it they don't even hide it anymore. When I was warning of the 'New World Order' twenty-five years ago no one took me seriously. Now it is clearly the goal of the plutocracy. They even boast about it;

“We shall have world government whether or not we like it. The only question is whether the world government will be achieved by conquest or consent”. Paul Warburg; Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Architect of the Federal Reserve System (which is not ‘federal’ but privately owned).

There were 737 US military bases and more than 2.5 million US personnel serving across the planet in 2005 and this has rose sharply since then and I don't think any news outlet has any idea what it is now. This report didn't include private Blackwatch armies of Halliburton and co. or the 106 garrisons in Iraq at that time or Afghanistan, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar and Uzbekistan. The real figure back then was estimated to be over 1,000; I dread to think what it is now.

2:54AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

For an insight on the Iranian Security Services from the standpoint of a native-born writer, see Maziar Bahari's "118 Days in Hell" published by Newsweek last fall. Well-written documentary of the true state of affairs. Chilling in its matter-of-factness.

1:16AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

The Holy Quran is the greatest blessing on us yet it is your wish to dissuade people from enjoying the success and prosperity that its timeless wisdom graces the sincere adherent. I can understand doubts from someone new to Islam who has only heard the negative reports from mass media; I am very happy to avail near limitless patience but they would have heeded the Teachings when their incorrect presumptions were challenged. But I have proved to you many times over the last year that your ideas about Islam are false yet you continue to plague us with exactly the same lies that you already know to be fake. If you cannot provide a worthy explanation such as a terrible memory then it looks like you are a slave of Shaytan who is knowingly and purposefully pursuing evil.

1:14AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

I have no idea where you got that statistic 61% from but understand that 'Muslim' is not just a name; it means "One who submits to God". Of course the Holy Quran is going to draw a distinction in those whose will is aligned with the will of Allah (Azza wa Jall) and those whose will is either aligned to their petty selfish sense desires or to Shaytan's evil plan.

The warnings about the fate of sinners are for our benefit. Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) cannot be compared to a human and would not gloat over our self inflicted suffering. God is Most Merciful (Jalla Jalaluhu); He has sent us the Prophet Muhammad (ṣall Allahu ʿalayhi wa-’ālih) and the Holy Quran so that we can avoid suffering by using our freewill to accept Divine Wisdom and the submission to God's Will. It wouldn't be fair to create laws and not give any idea of the consequences if they are broken.

1:06AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Islam teaches equality;

“O people! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the best in conduct…” (49:13)

"Believers, let not a group (of men) scoff at another group, it may well be that the latter (at whom they scoff) are better than they; nor let a group of women scoff at another group, it may well be that the latter are better than they. And do not taunt one another, nor revile one another by nicknames. It is an evil thing to gain notoriety for ungodliness after belief. Those who do not repent are indeed the wrong-doers." (49:11)

Asabiyyah is the Arabic word for prejudice but it also means favouritism. It is a mortal sin meaning this will prevent one from entering paradise.

Your definitions of hate speech fit perfectly your feelings towards Muslims.

I have told you what Islam teaches about treatment of non-Muslims; 'bir' or that same love that is given to our parents. Go to a mosque and tell them you are not a Muslim. You will be treated beautifully; I guarantee it. You have said awful things about Muslims and I do not hate and I have never been nasty to you. I don't think any of the Muslims have ever misbehaved on this whole community. Not even a harsh word. Trying to corrupt the name of Islam is a massive sin, only punishable by God. Yet I have patiently tried to help you.

11:45PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

I have also encountered the 'apes and pigs' propaganda before, probably from you and I am well aware that websites dedicated to bigotry and racism enjoy making up stories about the Quran but as I keep saying; there is no argument because the Quran is there for all to see. Read it and you will see that all these websites are selling is deceit.

There are three stories within the Quran where people have been turned into apes and pigs solely due to their errant behaviour. (Al-Baqarah 2:65), (Al-Ma'idah 5:60) and (Al-A'raf 7:166). If anyone has trouble accessing these or doubts my word please ask for me to paste them. They are glorious verses indeed but I do not wish to be accused of 'Quran bashing' when I am only correcting slanderous lies.

As I have shown already today, the Quran teaches all Muslims to love everyone with ultimate kindness yet you still insist that the Holy Quran "dehumanises non-Muslims" which is another lie. You appear to have no shame.

In short, it simply does not say anywhere that Jews or Christians are apes or pigs and neither has anyone been changed into and ape or a pig for being a Christian or Jew or even an atheist. Please scroll down and see that in my very recent post Allah (Jalla Jalaluhu) praises very highly those enlightened Christians and Jews and explains that we must not be bigoted towards them.

Incidentally; slavery was outlawed by Islam.

11:33PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

I'm going to bed.

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