An Iranian cleric made headlines and set off a boobquake when he recently claimed immodest dress causes earthquakes. Now, Tehran's police chief is taking on this "threat" by arresting "suntanned" women. The chief explained:
"The public expects us to act firmly and swiftly if we see any social misbehaviour by women, and men, who defy our Islamic values. In some areas of north Tehran we can see many suntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequins."
Hm. A national crackdown on a type of female appearance sounds familiar. Which brings us to France.
Just like in Iran, French leaders worry that a certain type of dress — namely the Islamic burqa and niqab — threatens the country's "values." Despite warnings that a ban would violate France's constitution, President Sarkozy is moving forward with a law that would prohibit women from wearing these Islamic veils in public. Those in favor of it, such as the country's immigration ministers, say face-covering veils "run counter to national values." Supporters say the law would help prevent the subjugation of women, something France cannot stand for, although opponents say it would further isolate some Islamic women.
The two laws certainly have their differences, but wouldn't a law telling women what they can and cannot wear bring France's national values closers to the values of Iran?