Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran eyes badges for Jews; Rev. Stanley Campbell will speak to the UU's in Rockford about his current trip to Iran

From via drudge,

Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."
Stanley Campbell will speak to UU's in Rockford about his trip to Iran.

Instead of telling Iranians he's sorry for America, he ought to sew a colored cloth on his jacket now, today, in Iran right now.... and ask of the fate of Ramin Jahanbegloo who's certainly not watching the BBC in Evin prison.

Update: in response to truth below. From National Post,
Mr. Kermanian said the subject of “what to do with religious minorities” came up during debates leading up to the passing of the dress code law.

“It is possible that some ideas might have been thrown around,” he said. “But to the best of my knowledge the final version of the law does not demand any identifying marks by the religious minority groups.”
So we'll have to wait and see what the final dress code law says on the issue of what to do with pesky religous minorities.

Jahanbegloo still in Evin.

It's a hell of regime to apoligize too.

Update: Hot Air follows the story.


wom said...

That's stupid and should illegal under international law.

Prophet Mohammad used to live amongst non-Muslims in Makkah and Madinah. He even gave some of his stuff before dying to a Jewish man to keep. He was nice to those who weren't Muslim. Whenever they came at him with malicious and evil intent, he'd first try to defend himself rather than fight.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that short biography of Mohammed is entirely true:

1. When the Jews of Medina refused to convert and rejected Muhammad, two of the major Jewish tribes were expelled; in 627, Muhammad's followers killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish women and children amongst themselves.

2. As "People of the Book," Jews (and Christians) are protected under Islamic law as 'Dhimmis'. However, this is certainly not equal status subject to extra taxes, restricted legal rights etc

The Iranian moves are following an interpretation of the Koran and Islamic law. Let us not kid ourselves here.

Truth said...

This story is a fake

truth said...

I never defended Iran. It's just that there's so many bad things that we know they do, that attacking them based on falsehoods is completely silly and unnecessary, and quite counterproductive.

Iran doesn't really have that big of a problem with repressing religious minorities. The problem is that they repress all their citizens, regardless of religion.

Bill Baar said...

Couldn't Campbell have picked out one of those bad things and spoken out? Jahanbegoloo had just been arrested weeks before.

We have what just happened to the Sufi's,

Several dozen Iranian Sufi mystics and their two defence lawyers have been sentenced to 74 lashes and a year in jail for public disorder in connection with riots in February, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

"Fifty-two dervishes (Sufis) have been sentenced to a year in prison for disturbing the peace and for refusing to follow police orders," defence lawyer Fashid Yadollahi said.

Apolgize for America to Iran is bad...but to pose as a liberal and progressive and not use the same opportunity to speak out on the imprisonment and lashing of prisoners of conscience is a real abomination.

My problem here on this post is with Campbell; not Iran.