Friday, May 19, 2006

Celebrating the rainbow of cultural diversity in Iran

From an as-yet unsubstantiated story in the National Post:

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

[…] 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.
At this time, no other news article anywhere appears to cite any source other than the National Post's. While the story has been met with comparisons to 1938 and with querulous demands that the story must be a hoax without reflecting that its very plausibility cannot possibly be debunked to complete the willfully blind effect, the Mayor of Mitchieville recognizes instead that Iran is in fact pointing the way for Western nations to the full culmination of Multiculturalism in all its glorious tokenism:
When you were a child, did you ever play cowboys and Indians rednecks and First Nation Peoples? Sure you did. And what was the best part of playing rednecks and First Nations Peoples? Wearing a badge. Let's face it, everyone loves wearing badges, it distinguishes you, it makes you look like a somebody. That's all the president of Iran wants to accomplish, he wants to make Jews and Christians feel special.
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5 comments:

Brent Gilliard said...

Thankfully it looks like its not true.

I was shocked too when I saw the Nt'l Post headline. Though if it were true, it would make justifying a war so much easier than a nuclear program in the works.

Then again, we don't seem to have the capacity to do much about it either way.

Pietr said...

What badge do atheists wear?

Brent Gilliard said...

I believe we go straight to the furnaces. Too many thinkers.

MapMaster said...

I read somewhere that atheists will be wearing transparent badges.

Pietr said...

I'm wearing my badge, honest.It's just transparent.
See, guvnor?