Canada’s National Post is reporting that Iran’s parliament has approved a law that would require religious minorities to wear colored bands identifying their faith.
The law mandates the government to make sure that all Iranians wear “standard Islamic garments” designed to remove ethnic and class distinctions reflected in clothing, and to eliminate “the influence of the infidel” on the way Iranians, especially, the young dress. It also envisages separate dress codes for religious minorities, Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, who will have to adopt distinct colour schemes to make them identifiable in public. The new codes would enable Muslims to easily recognize non-Muslims so that they can avoid shaking hands with them by mistake, and thus becoming najis (unclean).
The law has apparently been passed by the Iranian parliament but still requires approval by the true ruler of Iran, Ali Khamenei. The law would take effect in the fall at the earliest.
I’m not seeing much independent confirmation of this yet, just articles in some Israeli papers, conservative blogs and Christian news sites. So there may be less here than meets the eye.
If true, though, it’s yet another sign of what a nutcase Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is — he pushed hard to get the law through — and how willing Iran is to embrace every bad image their critics have ever painted them with.
And how important it is to ensure that these guys never get nukes.