Eastern wisdom stands promiment today after the High Court of Iran ruled a feminist Arab actress, truly a dangerous profession, must be sentenced to a year in jail and face 90 lashes a month for her role in a left-wing film about the limitation of artists.
Actress Marzieh Vafamehr made a political statement in a film about the Islamic republic entitled, “My Tehran for Sale.” The flim was about liberalizing Iran’s hardline stance on not allowing kinky films and women to expose themselves in sultry ways. The conservative Muslims of Iran took great offense to the film which showed the woman baring her body and opinions in ways not allowed by their law.
Such flagrant disregard for law and order earned Vafamehr a surprisingly lenient sentence. “A verdict has been issued for Marzieh Vafamehr,” a high Islamic judge exclaimed. “She must spend one year in jail and 90 lashes every 30 days!” The crowd outside the court was very upset over the sentencing.
Layman Fahdi al-Malaki furiously cried, stating, “This is an outrage! She is allowed to show her flesh on film, in front of my family and my peers, and only one year! Let us at her with stones. Let us do this injustice right.”
While an Imam Fahrar Ahmedkalameh was more subtle in his outrage: “She will burn.”
According to sources, the woman’s lawyer will appeal the decision of the high court. An overturn may not be likely, since the female conspired with the Australians to create this smutty film of disobedience to a man’s order.
It is often said that things can be learned from even our enemies and this film shows one of those examples. Authority must be maintained in a country and women must be kept in order for a society to thrive. The court reinforcing these values in Iran and have enabled their men to always call for stiffer penalties for the women, and the women know they have no choice but to take those punishments. In Iran, women are rarely out of line.
While America is still struggling with this lesson, perhaps in this societal regard we can soon catch up to our englightened friends in Iran.