Iranian teens get six month prison and 91 lashes for joyously dancing to Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’ | The Muslim Issue

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. —Socrates

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.–The Matrix


Sometimes, unfortunately at least for my well-being, reality is either so absurd and surreal or much worse, so deeply repugnant and evil that it is almost hard to function. As I no longer imbibe the fermented juices, there can be no escape except perhaps a long walk along the beach with my two Labradoodles. At times, I am not sure that the old truism concerning the bliss of ignorance is not, in fact, true. Reality, can be a bitch.

ff19162ebeca982ab0d74b6133382692There is a specter haunting the world. It’s dark shadow is spreading seemingly unimpeded. It is wrapped in lies, pervasive, unavoidable propaganda and a pandemic of political, bureaucratic and institutional corruption. It is masked by the saber rattling of war, the bloody deaths of a rapidly spreading virus and most importantly, it is facilitated by the bursting of all moral and ethical restraints and the erosion of what can only be described as humanities goodness. It is the synchronous decay of the true “Western” religion, the idea of progress. It is the specter heralding the coming collapse of civilization.

If we let it.

Iranian youths sentenced to six months in prison and 91 LASHES for dancing to Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’ in viral video

A group of young Iranians were sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison and 91 lashes for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

The director of the video received a longer, one-year sentence and the same amount of lashes

However, the sentences have been ‘suspended’, which means that if they stay out of ‘trouble’ in the next three years, they won’t receive punishment

The group was arrested last May after the video went viral

Conservative Iranian authorities objected to the video since the three women were dancing next to men, without head coverings

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via Iranian teens get six month prison and 91 lashes for joyously dancing to Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’ | The Muslim Issue.

Most of us would rather not think of such disgusting, immoral things–at least I hope this is the case. But the depraved and immoral have been increasingly unafraid to show their true faces among us. It would be easy to compartmentalize their outrages as acts of a misguided religion or something unique to other people and remote nations, but this would not be the case. Perhaps the percentages have always been the same, the ratios of the insane, sick and evil relative to the population and it is simply that we have allowed our belief in absolutes to be so worn down that our weakness simply allows for greater transparency, greater daring. Masked by global red hearings of war, anthropomorphic climate change, immigration and disease, the true threat grows unimpeded.

It is not just Islam, it is all around us, It is us as well.  

Paedophilia: bringing dark desires to light–UK Guardian

For Goode, though, broader, societal change is needed. “Adult sexual attraction to children is part of the continuum of human sexuality; it’s not something we can eliminate,” she says. “If we can talk about this rationally – acknowledge that yes, men do get sexually attracted to children, but no, they don’t have to act on it – we can maybe avoid the hysteria. We won’t label paedophiles monsters; it won’t be taboo to see and name what is happening in front of us.”

We can help keep children safe, Goode argues, “by allowing paedophiles to be ordinary members of society, with moral standards like everyone else”, and by “respecting and valuing those paedophiles who choose self-restraint”. Only then will men tempted to abuse children “be able to be honest about their feelings, and perhaps find people around them who could support them and challenge their behaviour before children get harmed”.

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