Recently, as part of the latest ploy to convince the world, and then after that, common everyday Iranians, that Islamic rule necessarily equates to justice, Rouhani’s “Office” issued a grandiose scam intended to look like a declaration Citizen’s Rights.
On the very first page, a rambling pre-amble attempts to find some sort of golden goose-egg in the Ghoran, that ends up being nothing more than an ironically fatal typical Hafez faal (fortune telling), to abuse, to try and prove that the Iranian version of common Islam is really a fair minded oppressive religion. If you would just shut your damn mouth, and listen for a minute, before I give up, lose my temper and ask a Basiji to come by later tonight and shut it for you.
You see, that is the problem right off the Basiji’s proverbial bat. Citizen’s rights are determined by Citizens. They are not bestowed by self congratulating unelected caretakers, who want to look and feel “benevolent”.
In the first page of what I wouldn’t use for the removal of fecal matter, the assumption you are to blindly accept without argument or objection, is all too clear:
"…and according to certain principles in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, specifically the principles in Section 3 regarding the rights of the people, and in consideration of [Khomeini’s] historic 8 Article Directive [aka Commandments] in relation to the rights of the people, the law, the judicial, AND THE NEED FOR [THESE] RELATIONS AND RULES TO BE ISLAMIC…"
There you have it.
No need to read any further, as long as you like your Civic and Civil rights bathed in Islamic vinegar. Here are your Civic and Civil rights as Rouhani sees them, through Islam’s and Khomeini’s narrow-minded lens of ultra biased tyranny.
What’s that you say? Out of curiosity what does Section 3 of the the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran say about Citizen’s rights?
Like most of the Iranian Constitution, that Khamenei rewrote in 1989 to suit his personal needs and simple boyhood yearning to be a Superhero one day, there are buried contradictions to what looks and sounds perfectly harmless, and even pretty good actually. This is it’s most evil genius.
The first 2 Articles of Chapter 3 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran go like this:
"Article 19 [No Discrimination, No Privileges]
All people of Iran, whatever the ethnic group or tribe to which they belong, enjoy equal rights; color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege.”
Sounds good so far right?
OK, now look at how it subtly shifts from clear total freedom to total Islamic interpretation;
"Article 20 [Equality Before Law]
All citizens of the country, both men and women, equally enjoy the protection of the law and enjoy all human, political, economic, social, and cultural rights, in conformity with Islamic criteria.”
See how cleverly it works? What is Islamic criteria you might say? Another good question! You will likely find out the answer when you are sitting in front of a Judge. One of the ones that Khamenei picks (It is his Constitutionally guaranteed job after all), appoints, and then bribes to do his bidding.
Further down you can read it in all of it’s full frontal tyrannical glory;
"Article 21 [Women’s Rights]
The government must ensure the rights of women in all respects, in conformity with Islamic criteria…”
And then there is this one;
"Article 22 [Human Dignity and Rights]
The dignity, life, property, rights, residence, and occupation of the individual are inviolate, except in cases sanctioned by [Islamic] law…”
Then, it looks like he simply got tired of “beating around the bush” and simply hurried the rest of it through, like this;
"Article 24 [Freedom of the Press]
Publications and the press have freedom of expression except when it is detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam or the rights of the public. The details of this exception will be specified by law.”
"Article 25 [Secrecy of Communication]
The inspection of letters and the failure to deliver them, the recording and disclosure of telephone conversations, the disclosure of telegraphic and telex communications, censorship, or the willful failure to transmit them, eavesdropping, and all forms of covert investigation are forbidden, except as provided by law."
Article 26 [Freedom of Association]
The formation of parties, societies, political or professional associations, as well as religious societies, whether Islamic or pertaining to one of the recognized religious minorities, is permitted provided they do not violate the principles of independence, freedom, national unity, the criteria of Islam, or the basis of the Islamic Republic. No one may be prevented from participating in the aforementioned groups, or be compelled to participate in them.
Article 27 [Freedom of Assembly]
Public gatherings and marches may be freely held, provided arms are not carried and that they are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam.
You can see the theme here. Pretty obviously oppressive.
By stacking the deck with the “Unless it violates Islamic Law” trump card, Khamenei has all but ensured that all that is needed to foul out of any game of independent thought, freedom aspiration, or any from of unapproved Liberty, is a law to conveniently prohibit it, as a threat to Islam.
Want to shut anything down in Iran? Simple! Call it a threat to Islam. And if you think about it, EVERYTHING could theoretically be a threat to Islam!
Ironically, the biggest threat to Islam seems to be Islam!
See folks, this is what happens when you get too much sleep, and allow thieves to run your life, and re-write your Constitution, and then willingly walk into the streets and under the gun, approve this nonsense in a sham referendum, and then call it your expression of freedom. You are most certainly a moron if thats what you did. And Boy! did we do it. Twice in fact. Myself included.
Now, on to Khomeini’s 8 Commandments. Once he had inherited power as the Shah went on an unannounced quickly planned vacation, Khomeini needed to establish the rules of the new game. And these rules needed to be in his favor of course. So he issued a Declaration of Independence of sorts, -no more of an 8-Directive set of Commandments of sorts. he set down 8 points which he needed in order to first set God as the ultimate ruler of Iran, but then in absence of God, all Mollahs in charge of God’s work. As long as everyone believes in God, this works. To be safe though, Khomeini wrote down 8 points as an insurance policy, that any funny business entertained by non-belief, would ever be able to make it into power.
"Following the reminder for the need to Islamize all government organizations especially the Judiciary organizations and the need to put into effect the Commandments of God in the system of the Islamic Republic instead of the tyrannical laws of the former despotic regime, it is necessary to remind all the relevant authorities about certain points…"
"1 Providing the religious laws, their ratification and their announcement should be undertaken with the necessary meticulousness and speed…"
This was in order to use the law to put down anyone and everyone with the slightest objections. Iranian Islamic law is nothing if not meticulous.
"2 Attending to the competency of the judgment and the lower and higher courts should be done speedily and meticulously so [that] they are legalized and [made] Divine. Investigation of the competency of the rest of the staff and administrators of the affairs should take place [without] any silly faultfinding that is sometimes seen from certain radical elements…"
Or, allow religious approved people to do the work, and be put in power as soon possible.
"3 The Judiciary officials who fulfill the necessary Islamic conditions, whether at the prosecutor’s office or the courts of the Revolution must deliver the verdicts of Islam with independence and decisiveness and without procrastination and hesitation. [It] is also important for the rest of the organizations and bodies of the Islamic Republic system [the] armed forces and security-forces, the Guards Corps, the Komitehs, the Basij and other positions of authority to practice it…"
Or, anyone in this new club gets to practice this new Islamic justice as soon as possible. This is why today, brutality can be seen in all branches of the Iranian government. They have simply been given this license to act according to the set standard interpretation of Islamic Justice.
"4 No one has the right to prosecute any person or summon him without the order of the judge that must be based on the religious norms…"
Again, more proof of the establishment of the full authority of religious based law. Keep in mind, NONE of these commandments were ever debated in a public setting. when he wrote all of this nonsense, Iranians were told to stay in doors, and shiver in fear, awaiting their verdicts as sinners. The Iranian revolution had very little celebration. and as you can see, even less to celebrate.
"5 No one has the right to take ownership of possession of the property of any person whether movable or immovable or to usurp the right of any person, or confiscate and take custody except with the order of the religious magistrate…"
Again, religious rule without question, discussion, or debate. The 8-Directives of Khomeini are rarely read as they ought to be. Edicts of oppressive religious rule. Sometimes when I read them, I think I am reading something out of the Spanish Inquisition days when Catholicism ruled in this way. Maybe all of this is Karma. It certainly feels like deja vu.
"6 No one has the right to enter the house or shop or workplace of a person without the permission of their owners or arrest any person or in the name of discovery of crime or committing of sin. No one has the right to pursue and follow somebody or insult an individual and commit inhuman and un-Islamic acts or eavesdrop over the telephone, or make a recording on a cassette recorder on the pretext of locating a center of vice or in order to prove a crime and sin- however major the sin be. No one has the right to place listening devices or unearth the secrets of the people or work undercover to discover the sins of others or to disclose the secrets of others even if it is to a single person. All of these are crimes and are sins and some of them because they spread immorality and sins are among the cardinal sins. Those who commit any of the previously mentioned transgressions are criminals and merit religious compensations while some of them are liable for the religious verdict."
Wow! This one actually sounds great right! Not so fast. Remember I said, these edicts often bait you with a seemingly fair-minded item, only to rip it’s heart out later. Keep reading…
"7 What has been mentioned and declared to be forbidden are other than the instances that are in connection with the plots and groups that are opposed to Islam and the Islamic Republic order….
- "Groups for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic system"
- "...to assassinate sacred fighters"
- "Groups that engage in hatching terrorist plots and spreading corruption on earth"
- "...committing sacrilege in all the universities and colleges..."
- "...severe action is to be taken."
- "...leniency and negligence must not be shown to them."
- "...find [center] of espionage and corruption against the Islamic Republic"
- "...act in accordance with the precept of” forbiddance of evil”"
"8 [The] chief of the Supreme Court and His Excellency the Prime Minister have a religious duty to thwart the above-mentioned affairs speedily and decisively. [committees] should then submit the results of their investigation to the sirs, and they by referring the complaints to the relevant authorities and prosecution of the violators, punish the guilty in accordance with the religious limits and penalties prescribed…"
Directive 8 tries to do two things at once, task the head judge and PM withcarryign out Islamic justice, and to assure the people, Islamic Justice is fair. As long as they abide by it. The hilarity of this proposal, “I will kill you if you try and spite me, now lets play!”, the cornerstone of why Islamic rule as experimented with in Iran has been an utter disaster in either establishing a moral society, or even promoting Islamic rule as being anything more than God enforced Marxism.
As all naively insulting Mollahs do, there is the traditional wrap up statement. This is often a synopsis of everything that was just spit into your face, repainted as a kind hearted moral honor, bathed in the most transparent vomit of feigned piety and totally obviously insincere selfless humility. It is absolutely intended to make the Mollah look like a servant to God, as he outlines all of the God-like powers he has just told everyone are his absolute intention to wield.
Here is Khomeini’s truest expression of what he really believed and the truest statement of his unfiltered and un-edited intentions.
"From now on when it is the time of consolidation and construction, the nation must feel at peace, secure, and continue with their tasks with relief and assurance. They should support the great Islam and the Islamic government and regard the Judiciary in respect of the appeals and execution of Islamic justice and verdicts, to be in their service. The security and police forces and the Guards Corps and the Komitehs should be regarded as being responsible for the peace and security of themselves and the country. This is the responsibility of all, to enforce it results in the consent of God and happiness both in this world and the afterlife while the violation of it results in the wrath of the Omnipotent God and the chastisement in the afterlife and prosecution and punishment in the world. I beseech the Omnipotent God to safeguard us from all omissions and sins and that He sanctions the Islamic Republic and links it to the worldwide rule of the Up-riser of the progeny of Muhammad- May God’s peace be upon him and his progeny. May God’s peace be upon His righteous servants."
Rouhullah al-Mousawi al-Khomeini