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DUIN: Jailed Iranians stand by God
The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2009 | Julia Duin

Posted on 10/19/2009 8:53:39 AM PDT by HKMk23

There's a bookmark in my Bible that shows the winsome faces of two attractive 20-something dark-haired, brown-eyed Iranians with a kind of alluring beauty that makes Persian women some of the loveliest women on earth.

What natural beauty Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, had at the beginning of the year has certainly disappeared after a six-month stint in one of the world's worst jails.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: politicalprisoners; religiousfreedom; religiouspersecution
Here is yet another excellent opportunity to strike a blow for freedom of faith and conscience.

Please sign THIS PETITION for the release of Maryam and Marzieh. While there have been encouraging developments, which you may read about here, every additional voice speaking out on their behalf is a needed voice.

1 posted on 10/19/2009 8:53:39 AM PDT by HKMk23
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To: HKMk23

I must point out the obvious. From the article:
“Or like Cape Town’s infamous Robben Island - which imprisoned Nelson Mandela for 25 years - Evin will become a World Heritage Site, a place where tourists will go to remember the horrors that once happened there.”

To compare the savagery of Mandela and his necklacing fellow travelers with the Islamic jailing of Christians is to at once demean the Iranian Christian abuses and to gloss over the behavior of the native population in South Africa when the Mendelas were active.

2 posted on 10/19/2009 9:00:17 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: GladesGuru

Agreed. That Duin references him in this article is a travesty indicative of where she’s coming from as an author, which smacks of that pseudo-christian fantasy that is “the social gospel.”

Today, however, my goal has exactly zero to do with either Mandela or those self-gratuitous christians-in-name-only who have co-opted The Faith as a balm for their own self-loathing.

Today, I have hijacked this article for the sole purpose of garnering further support for the legitimate cause of seeing these two Iranian women freed, as they are only being held on account of their Christian faith, in violation of Iran’s own constitution, which includes language that affirms freedom of religion in Iran.

3 posted on 10/19/2009 9:12:39 AM PDT by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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To: HKMk23

I have to step up and defend Julia here. She is long-time friend and a dedicated Christian who has lived her faith more powerfully than most people I know. She is not overtly political, but uses mainstream media as a means of speaking her faith and making sure that abuses such as she highlights in this article get out.

4 posted on 10/19/2009 9:41:50 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: SlowBoat407

Thanks for your input, here. I had hoped that one would emerge to allay my darker suppositions. What you’ve shared of Julia’s character is helpful, but it only makes me even more amazed that she lumped Mandela into this article about the plight of Maryam and Marzieh. Does Duin NOT know who Mandela is and what he did?? If she does know, how did she miss the complete lack of moral equivalency between his imprisonment, and that of these two Iranian women??

5 posted on 10/19/2009 9:51:39 AM PDT by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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To: HKMk23

I’m sure she’s aware of the true nature of what he did, but she is also aware that many of her readers still view him as a hero, and she has to work within that context.

I’ll ask her next time we talk, though. You’ve made me curious about that.

I can tell you something about her, though. She went into Iraqi Kurdistan not long after Saddam fell, and she went as a tourist because she wanted to meet and report on the people who truly welcomed the Americans. She came back with stories of the people and their gratitude to America that you would not find anywhere else. She is remarkably brave and worldly wise, and she puts her trust in God in all things.

6 posted on 10/19/2009 10:14:48 AM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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To: SlowBoat407

The trip to Kurdistan to “be there live” must have been quite an adventure. It is a major failure of American “journalism” that the real stories aren’t represented in the headlines. Kudos to those who go get them and give them airtime.

As iron sharpens iron, I would make these observations about the reference to Mandela.

I think it is difficult to resist those kinds of things because, as a writer, there is a powerful awareness of the existence of Mandela as a mythic hero of the Left, and such references can serve to draw those people in for a closer look. However, that can eventuate into what we see here — what I call an “Appeal to Superficial Similitude” — where there is a parallel drawn that goes to no greater depth than just the surface of the matter.

Mandela was imprisoned in a really nasty prison.
Maryam and Marzieh are imprisoned in a really nasty prison.

The parallel between the two stories both begins and ends with that observation, and although it is certainly valid at that level, it leaves the door wide open for a cascade of unintended, and invalid parallels to arise in the minds of readers. These can leave a reader with a sense that something is being implied by the writer that they would, in fact, never imply, and may even regard with abhorrence.

When you next speak with Ms. Duin, do pass my gratitude for giving these two women a voice in her column.

7 posted on 10/19/2009 12:15:27 PM PDT by HKMk23 (In the end, life contains only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.)
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To: HKMk23

I shall indeed.

8 posted on 10/19/2009 12:23:26 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (Achtung. preparen zie fur die obamahopenchangen.)
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