No Republican Administration ever Subjected Women to a Morality Police like they do in Iran

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 22nd, 2012

Week in Review

In the election cycle the Left typically campaigns on a recurring theme.  That Republicans are anti-women.  That they want to overturn Roe v. Wade.  That they want to prevent access to birth control.  And turn women into clones of Donna Reed and lock them in 1950s suburban America.  Because Republicans hate women.  At least that’s the meme.  Now contrast that with a country that really hates women (see Struggle over what to wear in Iran by Jason Rezaian posted 7/21/2012 on The Washington Post).

Mandatory female covering known as hijab has been a defining element of Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Although the laws regarding proper cover haven’t changed, some women have grown bolder in interpreting the limits of what they can wear, creating a conflict that inevitably flares each summer as temperatures climb.

The government’s offensive this year has been marked by the stationing of mixed-gender teams of morality police in Tehran’s main squares.

In recent weeks, 53 coffee shops and 87 restaurants have been closed in Tehran for serving customers with improper hijab or for other gender-related offenses, such as permitting women to smoke hookah pipes. Concerts have been abruptly canceled because of inappropriate dress and too much contact between male and female fans. Approximately 80 stands at an international food fair were closed last month because, officials said, the women working at them were either breaking hijab rules or wearing too much makeup.

Those arrested face up to two months in prison or even lashing, penalties that have been on the books for years but have rarely been imposed…

Mostafa, a 46-year-old marketing consultant, described how his 16-year-old daughter was arrested in a crowded shopping mall. “They coaxed her into the police van and told her they just wanted to talk to her,” he explained. “Once she was in the van, the whole atmosphere changed, and they said things that made her cry.”

After a brief time in custody, his daughter, Banafshe, was released. “Do you know what her response was to the whole episode?” he asked. “She said, ‘Dad, as soon as I finish high school, I’m leaving this country forever.’ ”

Let’s hope she gets the chance to leave her country.  So she can enjoy living free from oppression.

Morality police?  You know, this is the kind of thing the Left says the Republicans will do if we elect them to office.  Though after 8 years of Ronald Reagan, 4 years of George H.W. Bush and 8 years of George W. Bush that didn’t happen.  Quite the contrary.  The porn industry exploded during the Eighties.  Sleazy topless bars became high-end gentlemen’s clubs.  Television got cruder.  Girls drank to excess on Spring Break and made amateur porn videos.  Sometimes unbeknownst to them.  No, women have been, and continue to be, free to do pretty much whatever they want.  Even when we elect Republicans to office.  Even if these Republicans would prefer that their daughters not dance at gentlemen’s clubs or go into the porn industry.

The Republicans didn’t like this.  They fought against some if it through legal channels.  But the liberals and their lawyers won these contests.  Moralize as they may have tried nothing changed.  But one thing the Republicans never proposed was having morality police stop 16-year old girls in the malls.  At most some religious people told some that they would burn in hell if they stayed on their current wayward paths.  Strong words but not quite the same as being locked up by the state.  Or getting whipped.  Makes living under a Republican administration sound a whole lot freer than life in Iran.  And given a choice I’m sure any woman would choose to live under a Republican administration rather than choosing to live in Iran.  And if that’s the case than Republicans can’t really hate women, can they?

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