Friday, May 19, 2006

Iran passes law requiring religious insignia

Photo of front page of the Canadian National Post for Friday, May 19th, 2006. This picture comes straight from the National Post's website.

I thought I was done blogging news. At least I didn't promise not to....

This is not my slant. This is just re-reporting what I ran across today. Read it for yourself. I am not going to add my own commentary because I think it is completely unnecessary.

Link to Jerusalem Post article "New Iranian law to require Jews to wear yellow band"

Granite Rock Sound's blog covering the same topic

Here is a direct quote from Canada's National Post:

Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.

"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."

The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.

Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.

"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."

Update, May 19th, 2006 9:45 pm: I checked the link to the National Post article and found the article missing, so I replaced the link with one to the Jerusalem Post's article regarding the same story. I kept the quote from Canada's National Post, but it is not the whole article.

Update: another article written by Chris Wattie of the National Post, same author as the above missing article. Posted after the first article. "Experts say report of badges for Jews in Iran is untrue"

Other news articles covering this story:

Yahoo! News: "Canada, Australia concerned by reports Iran to tag non-Muslims"
Free Republic: "Iran may force badges on Christians, Jews"
Hot Air: "Is the Iranian yellow badges story true? (bumped)"

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