Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | November 24, 2008

Because we all should be blocked in Iran

story from here, h/t to Digi

My comments in red.

Iran has blocked access to more than five million Internet sites (one of which better be this one), whose content is mostly perceived as immoral and anti-social (nah, anti-islamic maybe), a judiciary official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

“The enemies seek to assault our religious identity (or assist your conversion to the True Faith) by exploiting the Internet,” Abdolsamad Khoram Abadi, an advisor to Iran’s prosecutor general, was quoted by Kargozaran newspaper as saying.

The Internet “inflicts social, political, economic and moral damage (well, as with anything you must be careful to avoid that which damages), which is worrying,” he said, adding that “social vice caused by the Internet is more than that by the satellite network,Mehr news agency reported.

With about 21 million users, the Internet is widely popular in Iran, which information ministry officials say ranks among the top 20 user countries.

In recent years, Internet service providers have been told to block access to political, human rights and women’s sites and weblogs expressing dissent or deemed to be pornographic and anti-Islamic (so, in otherwords this site should be blocked because I believe Islamics are heretics founded by some guy who learned from Heretic Christians..Since you know the government and religion in Islam is the same thing).

The ban has also targeted such popular social networking sites as Facebook and YouTube, as well as news sites (fox).

Iran’s reformist press was hit by a massive crackdown in 2000, and many journalists turned to blogging after their publications were shut down.

The closures have continued under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, elected in 2005, and have targeted newspapers and other media, including web sites and news agencies, of all political persuasions (just the ones that don’t agree with Islam, which would be all of them).

Conservatives have also warned against “cyber imperialism” targeting developing countries (yeah, since I don’t trust the news sources, I’m my own one, lol).

In its latest edition, Sobh-e Sadegh, the publication of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said, “The Internet, satellite (channels) and text messages played an important role in colour revolutions in Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia. (democracy and Islam can not work they are polar opposites…You see it even in the OT with Ishmael who was the son of Hagar their relationship was slave and master, hence the Islamic (and heretic) viewpoint)

The weekly said Internet search engines Yahoo and Google, BBC and CNN televisions and even international news agencies including “Reuters, Associated Press, UPI, AFP and DPA” operated as “tools of diplomacy conducted through media.”

The magazine accused the European Union of seeking to “develop anti-Iranian cyber space” by supporting dissident bloggers (ooo, can I be on the list?).

Despite a strict ban on satellite television, dishes dot many Iranian rooftops and people have access to dozens of Persian-language channels, including the Voice of America, broadcasting a daily dose of politics and entertainment (what a joke, if you’re going to ban satellite tv, you should at least enforce the laws).

Islamic republic officials have been concerned about BBC Persian-language television which is yet to be launched and warned against interviewing or cooperating with such media.

The head of Iran’s state-run television recently said that 30 percent of Iranians watch satellite channels, but observers say the figures are likely to be higher (yeah, it’s probably higher).


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Let me get myself banned in Iran by saying the following.

1. Islam is a false cultic religion founded by a guy who learned from heretic Christians, and wasn’t even sure if he was receiving messages from Gabriel or the devil. For Islam to be true, God would have to have been a liar 😉

2. Islam and the government are exactly the same thing.

3. No, I don’t want Sharia Law running my country period 🙂

4. Women deserve to be treated with dignity respect and do deserve the same pay as men for the same jobs.

I think I covered all the bases necessary to be banned in Iran. 🙂

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