Thursday, 11 February 2010

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

O/T and why not?

Ironside sent me a tip, though I don't think he would have expected me to go down this particular path with it.

I didn't have much choice in the matter really, because as soon as the subject matter was mentioned a couple of previous posts came straight to the fore.

Initially I passed on the idea of featuring this story, preferring just to post it up as a comment, the start of which is below.


Rather than make a post of your "On a lighter note" email, I will put the link here, which had I made a post I would have entitled Why I Hate PC, Religion and the Nanny State.

Religion being included because I have covered Valentine stories twice before. The stories not from here in the UK but from that most evil of places, the land of darkness, Saudi Arabia.....

I have no intention of laying before you all that I think is wrong with that particular country, one horror story apart that is, rather I would just ask you to spare a thought for what it must be like to live in a country where romance is officially banned by The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the state in all but word.

Saudi Sunday: Where Have All The Flowers Gone (2008)

Methinks today I shall give the land of darkness some attention.

[T]uesday, February 14, 2006, (a flower shop owner closed his stores for three days in order to avoid harassment from the moral police. Al-watan daily reported. valentine's day is favourite target of the committee for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, viewed by the religious police as a holiday that promotes immoral behaviour. Red roses often disappear from stores before, during and after the holiday in order to avoid attracting the attention of the police patrols, specially in the kingdom's capital . more

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No Roses In The Land Of Darkness (2007)

Although this is "news" it's not, it is what now has become an annual event in the land of darkness.

Just what kind of a miserated society is it that, by government decree, bans romance?

What a horrible place.

No red roses for Saudi sweethearts

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day, forcing couples in the conservative Muslim nation to think of new ways to show their love.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has ordered florists and gift shop owners in the capital Riyadh to remove any items coloured scarlet, which is widely seen as symbolizing love, newspapers said. more

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Everything that is wrong with men, with Islam, with religions, with beliefs and lands that are not of this time, culminates in this brief but horrific story.


Saudi Sunday: No Abaya No Escape

Fifteen schoolgirls burn to death.

Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya". more

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I have ended up here, not my original intention but it is a post not without worth and an occasional reminder that there other people in this world that are subject to things for which they are from deserving.

The Cruellest Race Of People On The Face Of The Earth

That is how a woman of my acquaintance described the Iranians.
In most everything I have researched I have yet to find much, if anything, to refute her claim.
It must be noted that the lady that made this claim is a strong, serious professional, (head Sister of an intensive care unit) and was in fact married to an Iranian and lived in Iran between Nineteen Seventy Four and Nineteen Eighty Five.
It might be of interest also to note, given that this period included the taking of the embassy hostages, that she was unaware that the hostage situation was ongoing or even existed.

My intention in writing on this subject is to try to bring to attention the unenviable situation that is the lot of women who live under Sharia law/ Code and Islam.
Though the two are different entities, they are but one. Sharia law is the law of Islam.

The Iranian revolution celebrated its twenty-sixth anniversary this week and I am of years sufficient to remember it well.
Well I remember it, but more importantly I remember the “Cultural Revolution” and the ensuing bloodbath and the slaughter of thousands who’s crimes included the capital crime of apostasy (the rejection of Islam) to “Enemy of the revolution,” the former being written in Sharia law and the latter we can take as a euphemism for educated, and as history has shown exacted a no lesser punishment.

Not surprisingly one group that was targeted in the subsequent purges were some twenty thousand teachers, who by virtue of being educated were all seen as enemies of the revolution, or were else arrested on some hitherto unknown crime.
It was perhaps at this point that the seed for this article was first sown.The moment has never left me as I laid witness to the evening news showing some poor tearful woman being led away to her death, her only crime being that she was a teacher, and no doubt her crime compounded by nothing more than that she was female.

As well you can imagine, it was with no little dismay that I first viewed the photograph that heads this article.
Dismay turning to disbelief, disbelief that any society could commit such an atrocity on a girl of sixteen years. To snuff out the life of something so precious as that which is a young girl, such a precious precious thing.
To snuff out that precious life and show the world the contempt these men of Islam feel for this wretched girl. Their contempt and cruelty hung in the public square, as she herself is, hung like some worthless piece of meat as a testimony to their injustice, their barbarity and this thing they dare call the religion of peace.

Disbelief to turn to anger, anger to turn to rage, rage to fury, and yes fury to turn to hatred. A hatred I might add that is cemented in me, cemented for all time. To hate with such a passion is far from good, for it can destroy a man, it weakens him so, it leaves him tired and spent, for hatred is a fierce consumer of energy and energy is something I have little enough to spare.
But in writing of this travesty I must put such hatred aside, for I must not let such feelings obscure the intent of this piece, which is to write about the short tragic life of Atefeh Sahaaleh and perhaps then bring to your attention the plights of other women and girls who are forced to endure the barbarities and consequences of living under this religion that calls its self Islam.Make no mistake in thinking that evil men are misinterpreting Sharia law to further there own ends, there is no need to misinterpret. Sharia law is an evil upon this earth and evil men do it’s bidding.. more and The Execution Of A Teenage Girl. BBC 49 mins. in five parts.

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