IRAN: Misguided Freedom

The current Iranian regime, one that is subsumed with ‘Mullahs’ has once again called for a correction of the ‘true’ image of Islam, one they coerce the Iranians to follow. A protest erupted in Tehran, after Iranian police began removing satellite dishes from the roofs of homes and hurling them into the street below. It was only halted, when there was fear that the protest could spread to other areas of the city. 

This police action was part of the latest crackdown on satellite TV by the regime’s rulers, who have also used teenage members of the Basij paramilitary force, an organization of civilian volunteers, to remove dishes and confiscate satellite equipment in other parts of the country.

A Revolutionary Guards’ website has reported that on the occasion of anniversary of the Iranian revolution, a teenage member of Basij collected 10 satellite receivers from the homes of the residents of Ahamad Abad village, in Fars province. Prior to this, a number of young Basij force members also confiscated equipment in the village of Khosrow Abad. For them, this was a way to correct their youth from becoming ‘Western’ puppets, and forget the true essence of Islam. They claimed that the enemy was seeking to change the behavior of citizens, particularly youths, in Iran.

 This has not been the first time that the Iranian regime has tried to coerce its people into following their ascribed path. Previously, a strict women’s dress code has become a source of friction between the people and the regime. The ‘Morality Police’ in Iran, responsible for enforcing Sharia law, have called upon Iranians to check on their attire, where they must abide to strict Islamic code. Colonel Mohammad Massoud Zahedian, a leader of this police, said ‘improper veiling’ had now become a ‘security issue that threatened’ the regime.

Colonel Zahedian added that the anti-social function of the social networks in the country was another threat to chastity because it created behavioral changes that would lead to changes in thinking, and ultimately the way people lived in Iran. 

The NCRI, the largest resistance organization including democratic individuals and parties, forming the Iranian Resistance, has openly condemned the current Iranian regime, calling it the reason for the failure of the state. Moreover, it has blamed it for being the center of fundamentalism and terrorism, not only effecting Iran, but the whole world. 

According to them there is an emphasis on guarantees for the individual and social rights of the people, as provided in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ as for example the right of religious and denominational freedoms and the prohibition of any form of inquisition of beliefs, ‘which are necessary for the preservation of the dignity and worth of human persons’. Any form of compulsory religious and ideological teaching and any compulsion or practice or non-practice of religious rituals and customs is forbidden. 

The regime’s fanatical policies are hence against their right of all religions and denominations to teach, proselytize, and freely perform their rituals and traditions, and the respect and security of all places belonging to them, are guaranteed.