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Sharia in action in Iran: 87 coffee shops shut down for "not following Islamic values"

When Islamic apologists boast that Sharia covers every aspect of human life, they're essentially saying that it is a framework for totalitarian control of society."Iran shuts down coffee shops in morality crackdown," from Reuters, July 16 (thanks to David) :
Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops over the weekend, Iranian media reported, in a renewed crackdown on what the state sees as immoral and un-Islamic behaviour .
Regular officers and members of the "morality police" raided 87 cafes and restaurants in a single district of the capital Tehran on Saturday and arrested women for flouting the Islamic dress code, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency ISNA .
"These places were shut for not following Islamic values, providing hookah to women, and lacking proper licenses," said Tehran police official Alireza Mehrabi, according to ISNA. Women are not allowed to smoke hookah, water pipes, in public .
Mehrabi said the raid came as part of a plan to provide "neighbourhood-oriented" security, and would continue in other parts of Tehran .
Coffee shop culture has flourished in Iran in recent years, offering wireless Internet, snacks, hot drinks, and a place to hang out for Iranian youth in a country where there are no bars or Western chain restaurants or cafes .
But that trend has been criticised by conservative Iranians who consider it a cultural imposition from the West and incompatible with Islamic values. The government periodically cracks down on behaviour it considers un-Islamic, including mingling between the sexes outside of marriage.
Reuters, like the rest of the mainstream media, considers one a "conservative" if one is a Sharia hardliner, and simultaneously "conservative" if one opposes Sharia .
Posted by Robert on July 16, 2012 9:36 AM | 7 Comments
Bingo | July 16, 2012 9:52 AM | Reply
Well, when the coffee shop generation grows up...they'll be just as bad. They're Iranians
Jaladhi | July 16, 2012 10:21 AM | Reply
Why aren't Iranians revolting instead of living like slaves. Unless, of course they like slavery of the Islamic regime!! This is Iranian democracy!! Morons
Buraq | July 16, 2012 10:31 AM | Reply
Well, maybe the 'coffee shop' generation *does* present a danger! After all, the coffee shop generation in America produced Buddy Holly
What's that you say Ahmadinajihad ? ...Yeah ? Rave on
Mary | July 16, 2012 4:45 PM | Reply
". . . cultural imposition from the West and incompatible with Islamic values"
Yes, any criticism of the Islamic values of devaluing and abusing women is framed as a cultural imposition. Islamic values are NOT the recognition of the dignity of human beings with God-given rights. Islamic values means the value Islam places on Muslim male privilege, power, control, sexual appetite, and arrogant pride .
PMK | July 16, 2012 5:16 PM | Reply
Food is 'incompatible with Islamic values". Only in Iran
vnbushman | July 17, 2012 6:14 PM | Reply
Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops over the weekend, Iranian media reported, in a renewed crackdown on what the state sees as immoral and un-Islamic behaviour .
Indeed we all know that drinking coffee is much worse that beheading someone, throwing acid in some womans face, or killing a family member for dis-honoring the family for the sake of allah. Right ?
tanstaafl | July 18, 2012 11:04 PM | Reply
Maybe they were serving decaf. Haram! Haram

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