Woman elected to Iranian Parliament being prevented from serving for going outside without a head scarf.

Woman elected to Iranian Parliament being prevented from serving for going outside without a head scarf. May 12, 2016

In the recent election in Iran a number of reformists managed to win seats.  One of them was Minoo Khaleghi who is *gasp* a woman:

Minoo Khaleghi easily won a seat in the Iranian Parliament in February, part of a wave of independents and reformists who now have the numbers to wrest authority from the hard-liners. On Wednesday, however, a powerful state committee demonstrated that the conservative forces would not relinquish power without a fight.

How could they possibly fight it?  She was elected fairly.

Citing “evidence” that had emerged against her, the Dispute Settlement Committee of Branches, a part ofIran’s generally conservative judiciary, ruled that Ms. Khaleghi could not be sworn in as a new member of Parliament, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported. The evidence, it turned out, consisted of photographs of Ms. Khaleghi, “leaked” on social media last week, showing her in public in Europe and in China without the obligatory Islamic head scarf. Hard-liners immediately accused her of “betraying the nation.”

You’ve got to be kidding me.  Her ability to govern is thrown into question over whether or not she was outside (in muggy ass regions) without wearing a scarf on her head?  It boggles the mind that people purport to be morally superior on the basis of this religion.

But it’s so ingrained in Iranian society that, rather than saying “Who gives a fuck?”, Khaleghi (fwiw: whenever I type that in my head I hear “Khaleesi”) she has said the evidence that she was outside (in muggy ass conditions) without a scarf on her head were malicious fakes:

While acknowledging that all Iranian women are obliged to cover themselves in public, even when traveling abroad, they said there was a problem with the evidence. The photographs were, Ms. Khaleghi said in a statement to the official government newspaper Iran, malicious fakes.

“I am a Muslim woman, adhering to the principles of Islam,” she wrote, adding that she was suing the distributors of her images. Those who published them, she wrote, were driven by “political greed.”

This doesn’t even sound like real life.  It sounds like something so over-the-top absurd that it could be an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.  Imagine a group assembled in a dimly lit room wondering how to destroy somebody’s political career.

“I know!  We’ll fake pictures that she was outside without a scarf!”

It’s like Islam has managed to combine Tiny Toons with the darkest possible timeline.

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