Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Iran believes porn stars should be executed

Yes Really. They just passed the law.

Now I want to be really careful here not to come off as anti-Muslim but this is the sheeyat that really scares me. Yes I'm aware that our own government is heavily influenced by patriarchal Christian values. But to date, I'm not aware of any law being introduced to execute strippers, prostitutes, porn stars or the like. And yet, it's introduced and PASSED in Iran. And where do they draw inspiration from-- oh right, the Quran.

With a 148-5 vote in favor and four abstentions, lawmakers present at the Wednesday session of the 290-seat parliament approved that "producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corrupter of the world and could be sentenced to punishment as corrupter of the world."

The term, "corrupter of the world" is taken from the Quran, the Muslims' holy book, and ranks among the highest on the scale of an individual's criminal offenses. Under Iran's Islamic Penal Code, it carries a death penalty.

Just frickin' delightful. I wonder if progressive Muslims get as pissed as progressive Christians that their holy book is being used to advocate death.

I'm not a fan of porn. I've seen some-- whatever type you can order in hotel rooms (never roadtrip with college men) and I was grossly unimpressed if not turned-off altogether. But this message is very very dangerous. Displays of sexuality are punishable by death.

Convenient that the "porn" term is not really defined. Would a woman showing shoulders eventually be seen as pornographic? Would a pop star dancing sexily be porn? And yes, I really do think this law will be heavily sided to punish women. That's sort of the name of the game with radical Islam taken to extremes.

Placing so much hatred and fear around the subject of sex just makes me sad on so many levels.

Everyone in Iran better be very careful with their private home video stash.

2 comments:

Brad S said...

Not surprised at all. I agree with you that there must be progressive muslims that are in disbelief at this insanity.

We should make sure that our own country doesn't begin to infringe on our freedoms and civil liberties.

We have the ability to get rid of the "bad elements" of our government. We just don't....

Tobes said...

Brad-- sad but true. Thanks for your post