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Iran Bans Valentine's Day
WSJ ^ | Feb. 14, 2011 | Melik Kaylan

Posted on 02/15/2011 6:53:44 AM PST by nuconvert

In another sign of its ever more improvisational approach to governance, the Iranian regime has outlawed Valentine's Day. "Symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses, and any activities promoting this day are banned," announced state media last month. "Authorities will take legal action against those who ignore the ban."

Some 70% of Iran's population is said to be under the age of 30, so it seems natural that Valentine's Day has caught on in a country where the young keep trying to find non-state-mandated rituals to call their own. The state, for its part, continues to respond with a Whack-a-Mole approach to any social ripple not dreamt of in its philosophy.

Theocratic regimes invariably suffer from the same besetting sin: As the world evolves, they must either revise their antiquated doctrines or try to hold the world rigidly in stasis. Iran's ruling mullahs keep choosing the latter option. And with mosque and state firmly conjoined, there's no stray detail of daily life so arcane that the scriptures can't be mobilized to rein it in.

The Iranian state has pronounced against unauthorized mingling of the sexes, rap music, rock music, Western music, women playing in bands, too-bright nail polish, laughter in hospital corridors, ancient Persian rites-of-spring celebrations (Nowrooz), and even the mention of foreign food recipes in state media. This last may sound comically implausible, but it was officially announced by a state-run website on Feb. 6. So now the true nature of pasta as an instrument of Western subversion has been revealed.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iran; regime; valentinesday

1 posted on 02/15/2011 6:53:51 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Wow. Something I can actually get behind.


2 posted on 02/15/2011 6:57:12 AM PST by Hoodlum91 (There's a strange odor coming from the White House. Smells like BO.)
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To: nuconvert

Bravo, Obama, world statesman!


3 posted on 02/15/2011 7:07:25 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (talk to the hand)
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To: nuconvert
Roses are red
Violets are blue
In Iran you'll be dead
If you dare to pitch woo

Leni

4 posted on 02/15/2011 7:12:48 AM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BOR...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally compare to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: nuconvert

I just don’t understand how a proud, bright, educated people like the citizens of Iran continue to allow themselves to be ruled over by a bunch of primitive, knuckle-dragging, 6th century Neanderthals like the mullahs. I don’t get it.


5 posted on 02/15/2011 7:15:04 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I just don’t understand how a proud, bright, educated people like the citizens of Iran continue to allow themselves to be ruled over by a bunch of primitive, knuckle-dragging, 6th century Neanderthals like the mullahs. I don’t get it.

As the article mentions, 70% of them are under 30, meaning, they weren't around to be consulted when Jimmah threw the Shah under the bus.

6 posted on 02/15/2011 7:18:53 AM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: reagan_fanatic

This is Satan’s world.

islam is a cult of Satan.


7 posted on 02/15/2011 7:22:40 AM PST by Spruce
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To: nuconvert

That explains the demonstrations.


8 posted on 02/15/2011 7:25:47 AM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: nuconvert; All
"Iran Bans Valentine's Day"

That won't stop SOME folks from showing their "admiration".

9 posted on 02/15/2011 7:29:00 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: nuconvert

Big surprise here - that an Islamic theocracy would ban the celebration of a Catholic saint’s holy day - never mind the tacky retail holiday with all the attendant hype it has become.


10 posted on 02/15/2011 7:29:00 AM PST by Chuckster (When I was a kid, this was a free country)
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To: nuconvert

If Hallmark has nukes, they’ll use them now.


11 posted on 02/15/2011 7:30:17 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nuconvert

Shi-ites Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything (SWINE)


12 posted on 02/15/2011 7:35:13 AM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: nuconvert

“its ever more improvisational approach to governance”

My nominee for “turn of a phrase of the day”. Nicely put!

Colonel, USAFR


13 posted on 02/15/2011 7:38:13 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: nuconvert
But, isn't that what liberals call "progressive"???
14 posted on 02/15/2011 7:41:11 AM PST by jda ("Righteousness exalts a nation . . .")
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To: nuconvert

effing Burger meister Meister Burger in charge over there. What a backward culture.


15 posted on 02/15/2011 7:44:29 AM PST by Moleman
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To: reagan_fanatic
I just don’t understand how a proud, bright, educated people like the citizens of Iran continue to allow themselves to be ruled over by a bunch of primitive, knuckle-dragging, 6th century Neanderthals like the mullahs. I don’t get it.

They're called guns.
16 posted on 02/15/2011 7:54:25 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: Cheburashka

The Shah had guns, and used them. That didn’t stop them from overthrowing him.


17 posted on 02/15/2011 8:20:54 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: reagan_fanatic
The Shah fell when the army refused to continue to back him. That took away his supply of guns.

You asked why the people of Iran are ruled by these thugs, I told you. Sorry if you don't like the answer. Don't expect anything to change as long as the army supports the mullahs.

If you have a better idea quickly inform the demonstrators. Even if you have to fly to Tehran to do it.

18 posted on 02/15/2011 8:36:24 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The Shah had guns, and used them. That didn’t stop them from overthrowing him..................................... They had a more powerful weapon called the “Jimmah”.


19 posted on 02/15/2011 8:39:05 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft (The candidate they smear the most is the one they fear the most!)
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To: nuconvert

Inside every Persian, there is an American trying to get out.


20 posted on 02/15/2011 8:46:48 AM PST by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: nuconvert

What ruthless killjoys - the Iranian Gov’t. Not too far from our own liberals through Political Correctness policies !


21 posted on 02/15/2011 9:33:37 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: Cheburashka

Right, and a tipping point occured that caused the Army (the guns) to turn on the shah. There was widespread disaffection with the shah in the late 70’s, and there’s been widespread disaffection with the mullahs for quite some time now. What I’m wondering is at what point does the hand tip against the shah’s successors.

If it can happen to the shah, it can happen to the mullahs.


22 posted on 02/15/2011 10:20:36 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: dead
If Hallmark has nukes, they’ll use them now.

LOL! :)

23 posted on 02/15/2011 10:51:00 AM PST by proud American in Canada (To paraphrase Sarah Palin: I love when the liberals get all wee-wee'd up.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
I told you they need guns. You choose not to believe me. That is your prerogative. Have a nice life.
24 posted on 02/15/2011 11:39:32 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: Cheburashka

No need to get nasty. I was just being curious about the situation. Sorry your day is going so badly.


25 posted on 02/15/2011 2:38:08 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: nuconvert

So now the true nature of pasta as an instrument of Western subversion has been revealed.

The Great Spagetti Monster, his noodly appendeges
are every where.


26 posted on 02/15/2011 2:41:34 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nuconvert
Pastafarian's rule!
27 posted on 02/15/2011 2:47:29 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: nuconvert

Evil, evil American holiday, is that what they call it?


28 posted on 04/23/2013 12:33:55 PM PDT by swampthang77
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To: swampthang77

always interesting when an old thread resurfaces.


29 posted on 04/23/2013 3:54:18 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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