Thursday, September 20, 2012

CNN: Girls Beat Up Iran Cleric Over Dress Code


I have to say that that's a headline I didn't expect to see featured at CNN this morning, but there it was.
The article gives the details, but the headline tells the story.
They may be a far cry from their Western counterparts fighting for the acceptance to breast-feed -- or go topless -- in public, but two girls clobbered a cleric recently in a small town in Iran when he admonished one of them to cover herself more completely.
The article describes how the cleric approached the two women in the town of Shahmirzad and, when he saw that they were not dressed modestly enough, told them to "cover up."

The woman responded by telling him to cover his eyes, which the cleric described as "very insulting to me." When asked her again to cover up, and to watch her mouth, she and her friend began, well, pummeling him. The cleric spent three days in the hospital and was released.

The closing paragraph contains a pun that was new to me, and so I'll share it here:
The girls may have put the "jab" into "hijab," but fighting with morality police or private individuals telling women to cover up is rare in small towns. It's more common in larger cities, where women are more likely to take a stand.
I do not advocate violence, unless one is being directly threatened and must respond violently to defend oneself of course. However, I can't help but applaud people standing up for freedom and against oppression.

And how can you not like the idea of putting the "jab" into "hijab"? That's inspired writing, folks.

1 comment:

  1. I see a lot of people happy over this story, but I can't help but thinking that as a punishment for standing up like this these girls are probably going to be tortured and mutilated.