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What a Real Theocracy Looks Like

Those who claim “separation of church and state” exists in the Constitution— that Christians should limit their faith to inside the walls of their homes or church buildings– that advocate for women’s rights and for abortion– who also support the “Iran Deal” — are hypocritical, at best. One need only read Iran’s Constitution, or simply Article 4 of its constitution, to learn what a theocracy actually is in reality.

Article 4 of Iran’s Constitution states:

All civil, penal financial, economic, administrative, cultural, military, political, and other laws and regulations must be based on Islamic criteria. This principle applies absolutely and generally to all articles of the Constitution as well as to all other laws and regulations, and the fuqaha’ of the Guardian Council are judges in this matter.

Additionally, consider Iran’s national symbol, its flag. Its colors and letters clearly communicate a sole emphasis on political and military rule according to Shari’a law.

Iran’s flag is comprised of three horizontal stripes: allegedly representing Islam (green), peace (white), and courage (red). Outlining the white center stripe along the bottom of the green and top of the red stripes, repeated 22 times in white square Kufic script, reads: “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the Greatest”).

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In the center of the flag is Iran’s emblem, the Tawid, which symbolizes monotheism and infinity.

The Tawid is also a monogram, comprised of overlapping strokes, which in Arabic spell “Allah” and the Shahada: lāʾilāhaʾillà l-Lāh (“There is no God Except Allah”).

The four crescents strokes and one straight line (reading right to left) when combined, form the “heh,” symbolizing infinity. The first crescent, the letter aleph; the second crescent, the first laam; the vertical line, the second laam; and the third and fourth crescents together form the heh. (Above the straight line is a stroke resembling the English letter “w,” which is a phonetic mark the “Tashdid,” instructing pronunciation.)

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Both Iran’s constitution and flag not only clearly identify no separation of religion from government, as Islam is a totalitarian political ideology, but also no tolerance for any rule other than Shari’a. With Shari’a comes minimal freedoms and even less protections for basic human rights especially for women and girls.

In Iran, women are publicly monitored according to strict hijab dress code. Basij militia police regularly patrol and legally target women in public, harassing, fining, beating, and arresting them—because they do not like how they are dressed.

Over the last 35 years, Justice for Iran claims that 500,000 women and girls have been arrested for alleged hijab violations.

Over the last decade, more than 30,000 women (including 12 year-old girls) have been arrested for violating Iran’s dress code, which does not apply to men.

Currently, extra-judicial enforcement of the hijab includes what human rights activists call “Vigilante Violence,” or acid attacks. Numerous incidents have been reported of unidentified men “flinging acid into the faces of women with whom they had no history of personal grudges.” Assailants claim they were defending hijab.

Acid attacks, female genital mutilation, physical abuse, pedophilia, and sexual violence, all exist under Islam but are prohibited by basic human rights laws, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.

One wonders how anyone can seriously claim to support “separation of church and state,” women’s rights, and human rights in America, while also supporting a deal with Iran that would ensure exactly the opposite outcome not just for Iranians but for everyone subjected to Shari’a.

 

 

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Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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