Tuesday, February 26, 2013



Iran covers up the First Bosom: News agency digitally alters Michelle Obama's Oscars gown to make it look more modest


I visited a book store in downtown Abu Dhabi during my brief stay in the United Arab Emirates, and saw magazines with black ink covering most parts of a woman’s anatomy, except for the head and fingers. 

Yes, even arms vanished beneath the black ink.

When I lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, I became accustomed to seeing only eyes peer out of a woman's chadri (The full Afghan chadri covers the wearer's entire face except for a small region about the eyes, which is covered by a concealing net or grille.)

We Peace Corps volunteers were trained to not look directly at Afghan women, and definitely not speak to any of the women.

The women in the city were well-covered, and always walked with a brisk pace.

I knew this head covering as a chadri, but I also heard the word Burqa being used (an Arabized Persian word of purda (parda) meaning curtain and veil) which have the same meaning in Persian.

[See Burqa-chadari below]


In my English classes at Kabul University, female students usually wore scarves as head coverings, and I could clearly see their eyes and faces.

I guess there is no Biblical prohibition for covering the female anatomy in Christian nations, otherwise how would Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler and, then later, many other sundry skin magazines ever have been sold?

Are we a Christian nation?

Some say that God created us the way we are, and the way we look, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of God’s Handiwork.

Is God ashamed of His Body?

Also, wearing clothes wasn’t a commandment on any of the tablets of Moses.


“Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?”

1 Corinthians 11


This doesn’t say which part of the female body should be covered during prayer.

Maybe to be on God’s good side, it was a wise thing for women to put a blanket over the whole body when praying, then when not praying, a bikini, nightgown, or nothing was o.k.

Actually, the following verse does say which part:

 “…but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered disgraces her head--it is one and the same thing as having her head shaved.”

5 Corinthians 11


I guess it is “different strokes for different folks.”

Iranians are different from Westerners.

I just don’t like to see all of that black ink going to waste---or in this technological age, photo shopping images to make them fit a cultural and religious dogma.

“Burqa-chadari, is a full body and head covering for outside the home for many women in Afghanistan. The Burqa is constructed of about ten yards fabric with an embroidered mesh face piece which conceals the entire women's dress ensemble of pants, overdress, and head scarf.”

“The burqa is not only worn in Afghanistan but it's more common in other countries including India and Pakistan. The original chadari has Persian origins but over the time period it became associated with the urban dress of middle and upper class Afghan women. The chadaree has been incorrectly attributed as Afghan women's traditional dress but it only became mandated women's wear after dress sanctions were imposed by the Taliban in 1996”.


“During the Taliban women had to wear this piece of heavy cloth on top of their normal clothing to cover them from the head to lower calf or to ankle. In the first days when the Taliban captured Kabul and announced that all women have to wear 'Chadaree' outside of home, many women were shocked, especially in the capital Kabul. They wondered how they were going to wear 3 pounds of extra weight of clothes on top of their formal and informal clothing. It was really difficult for the women who had never worn it before.”


"And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband's fathers, or their sons, or their husband's sons, or their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their womenfolk, or what their right hands rule (slaves), or the followers from the men who do not feel sexual desire, or the small children to whom the nakedness of women is not apparent, and not to strike their feet (on the ground) so as to make known what they hide of their adornments. And turn in repentance to Allah together, O you the faithful, in order that you are successful"

Qur'an Sura Nur Chapter: The Light. Verse 31


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Great Satan (Persian شيطان بزرگ Shaytân-e Bozorg) is a derogatory epithet for the United States of America in some Iranian foreign policy statements. Occasionally, these words have also been used toward the government of the United Kingdom.

The term was originally used by Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini in his speech on November 5, 1979 to describe the United States whom he accused of imperialism and the sponsoring of corruption throughout the world.

Ayatollah Khomeini also occasionally used the terms Iblis (Diabolis - the primary devil in Islam) to refer to the United States and other Western countries.

                                                             Iranians have considered the United States and the United Kingdom as Imperialist states, who have a long history of interfering in Iran's internal affairs. In 1907, the Anglo-Russian Agreement between Russia and Britain divided Iran into spheres of influence, questioning although not terminating Iranian sovereignty. At the height of the Cold War, the administration of the U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved a joint Anglo-American operation to overthrow elected prime minister, Mohammad Mossadeq, in the pretext that his nationalist aspirations would lead to an eventual communist takeover. The operation was code-named Operation Ajax. At first, the military coup seemed to fail, and the Shah fled the country. After widespread rioting —and with help from the CIA and British intelligence services— Mossadeq was defeated and the Shah returned to power, ensuring support for Western oil interests and snuffing the perceived threat of communist expansion. General Fazlollah Zahedi, who led the military coup, became prime minister.

Ayatollah Khomeini was exiled to Turkey for his outspoken denunciation of the Shah's Status of Forces bill, which granted U.S. military personnel diplomatic immunity for crimes committed on Iranian soil. From Turkey, Khomeini moved to Iraq in 1965 and remained there until 1978 before moving to Paris for four months. He then returned to Iran and led the 1979 Iranian revolution.

The United States supported the Shah starting from the 1950s, but this waned toward the end of the 1970s, particularly under the Carter administration. Many Iranians hated the Shah, and felt that the U.S was against them. When Saddam Hussein came into power, the U.S also at first supported him.[1] Demonstrators commonly chanted slogans such as "Independence, Freedom, and Islamic Republic".






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