If so classified, bloggers will join those guilty of the above crimes in the
real world to be branded as mohareb (an enemy of God) and “corrupt of
the earth” – making him or her eligible for punishments ranging from exile, to
amputations, to execution.
Further, if the bill becomes law, punishment bestowed by the system “cannot
be commuted, suspended, or changed.”
Iranian bloggers and human rights activists fear the ease in which the
government could casually accuse bloggers of offending the country’s strict
interpretation of Islamic law.
Anti-censorship activist group Global Voice Online notes that about 18
months ago the Iranian government demanded bloggers register their websites,
although the initiative failed to produce meaningful results. Bloggers widely
considered registration as an enabler for future government suppression, and
many proudly displayed an “I do not register my blog/site” badge in defiance of
“Mentioning ‘blogging’ among crimes such as kidnapping, raping, armed
robbery makes accusing bloggers easier than before… Such a law will harm the mental
security of society more than the poor bloggers, who do not know what awaits
Iranian blogger Mojtaba Saminejad. According to a Wikipedia bio
linked by his “About Me” page, Saminejad spent 21 months in an Iranian prison
beginning in 2005, including an alleged 88 days of solitary confinement and
torture, due to a 2004 post reporting the arrest of three other bloggers. His
official charges listed Saminejad as having insulted Iran’s head of state and
“endangering national security.”
Another Iranian blogger notes that Iranian Parliament president Ali Larijani
said the bill was discussed for “hours” with the country’s Judiciary before a
draft was settled. After the number of executions last year almost doubled,
from 177 to 317 according to Amnesty International, the Iranian government said
the punishment is not given casually, and results only after an extensive legal
A censored version of the internet sees wide use in Iran, and young,
tech-savvy Iranians have joined the rest of the world in blogging about
everything from menial personal gossip to obscenities and questioning the
government. The Iranian government actively filters out content it considers
obscene, including websites promoting pornography, heresy, or political
The Iranian government considers blogging a threat to "mental
security," a doctrine that human rights advocates consider to be a
scapegoat used in the government's historically
oppressive policies. It joins a variety of other countries, including Yemen
and China, in monitoring online expression for politically and morally
The draft bill still needs inspection from the Guardian Council, which
ensures the bills’ adherence to the Iranian constitution and Islamic law, and
then needs to be “rubber-stamped” by a conservative government watchdog before
being made into law.
quote: Now, some people will say "Iran is a radical Muslim regime! That makes them more dangerous!" No. It makes no more, and no less, dangerous than the radical Christians in OUR country.
quote: radical Christians
quote: I seem to remember that most Native Americans did not have a written language and relied on an oral tradition
quote: What a sick country. What a sick religion.
quote: Most religions have the whole 'There's only 1 God' thing.
quote: Funny thing is Muslims (from my understanding) get their foundation of their religion from the Bible.
quote: Never, in the Bible would God ask for the wiping out of a small group of people in a market place or school or something a one man bomb could do –
quote: Christian will do anything for God and for the Glory of God
quote: However, I would also note, in the Bible it states when the end of the world (second coming of Christ) happens, most of the people of the world would be godless and against Christians (Israelites – Jews, are Gods special people so they would be somehow in the same boat as the Christians) everyone else would be considered godless. So, numbers of Christians and believers in God going down has always been foretold – well for about 2,000 years now. - Someone talked about Muslims being the fastest growing religio
quote: You are a fool if you believe that it is "natural" for man to be selfless, compassionate, generous, tolerant, etc... Man by birth is naturally self centered, self absorbed, (all me, me, me).
quote: If they are fine killing their own citizens, they may be fine Nuking a country
quote: Weed makes you retarded.
quote: If the US really wanted to stop Irans nuclear program (who's existence is even debated) they would go to table and leverage those sanctions they put in place for that purpose.
quote: Irans nuclear program (who's existence is even debated)
quote: Yeah, I mean, what kind of fool talks to the leaders of other countries?
quote: We should just keep sanctioning and actively isolating them, and shadily undermining their legitimately elected their government at every turn.
quote: I don't know about you, but I'd rather have my tax money spent on NEGOTIATIONS rather than BULLETS and BOMBS.
quote: What kind of fool lends the credibility of the office of the President of the United States of America to any jack-ass that happens to have a missile?
quote: What happens when negotiations fail? Surrender?
quote: so I'm still alive and looking forward to be!
quote: the problems with my people is we really deserve this ruthless brutal government.