front lines of fundamentalism

June 24, 2009 at 5:12 pm 2 comments

Anne Applebaum on the role women are playing in the Iranian election protests:

“…their presence matters. For at the heart of the ideology of the Islamic republic is its claim to divine inspiration: The leadership is legitimate, and in particular its harsh repression of women is legitimate, because God has decreed that it is so. The outright rejection of this creed by tens of thousands of women, not just over the last weekend but over the last decade, has to weaken the Islamic republic’s claim to invincibility in Iran and across the Middle East.”

“…regimes that repress the civil and human rights of half their population are inherently unstable. Sooner or later, there has to be a backlash. In Iran, we’re watching one unfold.”

It is amazing to see the photographs of women in their head scarves standing up to the powers that be. Inspiring slideshow here. Also, a CNN article here.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. wowy  |  June 25, 2009 at 4:55 am

    May the fire of liberty and justice burn bright and strong. Amen.

  • 2. Ben Sanders  |  September 9, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Amen.

    This is a terrible situation, but one we can hopefully learn a great deal from. This country is governed as a theocracy, chosen freely by the people some three decades ago. Almost all of the protesters are young people raised in the theocracy, educated (read brainwashed) in religious schools, and forced by law to obey the state religion. The government is obviously failing. The youth which were raised to support this government are the very ones opposing it most. Even those who hold their faith call for seperation of church and state. Perhaps we should take care to guard ours wisely.

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