According to Mehr news agency, Iran’s chief justice, Ayatollah Mohseni Gorkani, told his students in an ethics class that “our life, tranquility and peace depend on executions”. After reading verses from the Quran, Ayatollah Gorkani further stated executions are dictated by the Holy book and must be done in order to preserve tranquility of life and peace in the society.
That was Iran, in Britain from the Daily Mail (hat tip R.J. Godlewski): "Shame of Britain's Muslim schools: Secret filming shows pupils being beaten and 'taught Hindus drink cow p***'". The imams over-and-over, day-after-day strike children as young as 6 years hard in the back of their heads, kick them, throw wooden benches at them, as the children cower on the floor. They are taught that all things Western are evil. The reporter, Tazeed Ahmad has done a fine job on this undercover video and article.
Grabbed: Secretly filmed footage from the Markazi Jamia mosque shows a teacher pulling a pupil towards him and striking him on the back
Regarding the Keighley madrassa, we were told that the Jamia Mosque committee was firm in its resolve to take whatever action was necessary to protect children being taught at the mosque and that it would give its full co-operation to any enquiries resulting from our film. [snip]
However, we have a Government that, on the one hand, gives grand speeches about tackling the causes of extremism, as David Cameron did last week, while, on the other, encouraging local communities to set up their own schools – including faith schools. It’s time to stop these mixed messages. (read it all)
The U.S. Department of State has set up a Twitter account in Farsi to urge Iranians to protest against their regime. Tammy Swofford wonders if it is the wrong time to seek to increase regional instability?
Think about it. And remember that sacrifice should be borne on the shoulders of those willing to pay the personal price. Remember Neda Agha-Soltan. (Tammy Swofford)
I wonder if the administration will do anything to support these protestors when they take to the streets or will they let them be shot or arrested as previously.
Perhaps the DOS Twitter account is where Commander Mohammad Reza Naghdi, who heads Iran’s feared Basij militia made up of hundreds of thousands of volunteers, got the idea that Western intelligence agencies want to trigger events in Iran similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia by using mentally challenged persons.
With executions in Iran at an all time high, 121 in a six week period, and protesters taking to the streets again, as with the recent Green Movement, expect to see more mutilated bodies in the streets, more people in prisons, and yes... more executions.
Also be prepared for arrests and violence against journalists as Iran has set up a new court to deal with "media crimes".
Could this push for freedom in the Middle East move to Saudi Arabia and other countries?
Miraculously, amazingly, a Saudi woman or a number of Saudi women have just launched a new and fabulous Facebook page. They call it Saudi Women Revolution. It features a white smurf-like figure joyfully throwing off her chains and has links to the Saudi women’s drive-in and to campaigns against child brides.
They are talking about arranging meetings in Jeddah and Riyadh. (Dr. Phyllis Chesler, NewsRealBlog)
I have no doubt that the Saudi religious police will be even worse than the Iranians, but the taste of freedom is in the air. In Egypt all we know is 'An 82-year-old man has been thrown out of office, and his son will not be president. The constitution and parliament are gone and a military junta is in charge. The rest is speculation.', according to StratFor. That doesn't sound like much, but I'm betting the Iranians would be happy to get Mahmoud Ahmadinejad out of office or better yet, get the Ayatollah's thrown out.
God bless and protect them all.