Saturday, May 20, 2006

Badge Of Shame

The government of Iran is furiously denying reports that it has passed a law requiring Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear specially coloured badges.

Well, they would, wouldn't they, just as they have denied every report of their advancing nuclear weapons program before publicly celebrating the next stage thereof.

A news story and column by Iranian-born analyst Amir Taheri in yesterday's National Post reported that the Iranian parliament had passed a sweeping new law this week outlining proper dress for Iran's majority Muslims, including an order for Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians to wear special strips of cloth.

According to the reports, Jews were to wear yellow cloth strips, called zonnar, while Christians were to wear red and Zoroastrians blue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Iranian expatriates living in Canada had confirmed the order had been passed, although it still had to be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect.

Hormoz Ghahremani, a spokesman for the Iranian embassy in Ottawa, said in an e-mail to the Post yesterday, "We wish to categorically reject the news item.

"These kinds of slanderous accusations are part of a smear campaign against Iran by vested interests, which needs to be denounced at every step."

And we all know who those vested interests are, wink wink, nudge nudge.

Expect confirmation of this measure presently. For these people's protection, of course, to make sure that they can be readily identified and "protected" from the mob.

Source: Ottawa Citizen

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