“Women bear brunt of Tehran’s crackdown
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Iranian police shoved and kicked them, loaded them into a curtained minibus and drove them away. Hours later, at the gates of Evin prison, they were blindfolded and forced to wear all-enveloping chadors, and then were interrogated through the night.
All 31 were women – activists accused of receiving foreign funds to stir up dissent in Iran. But their real crime, says Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh, was gathering peacefully outside Tehran’s Revolutionary Court in support of five fellow activists on trial for demanding changes in laws that discriminate against women.
During her 15 days in prison, ‘I tried to convince them that asking for our rights had nothing to do with the enemy,’ Abbasgholizadeh told The Associated Press by telephone from Tehran. ‘But they insisted that foreign governments were exploiting our cause.’
The March 4 arrests highlight how women’s rights, which were making some advances under the reformist presidency of Mohammad Khatami, are being rolled back by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who succeeded him in August 2005.”
With tactics like these, is it any wonder that most of the refugees in the world are fleeing from Islamic-run governments?
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
When we surrender to Jesus Christ, all the barriers that separate us and all of society’s distinctions that make the claim that one set of people is superior to another, are done away. Although we are given different roles (for example, men cannot bear children), we are all equal and have the same value in God’s eyes.
“My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. … But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law [of Christ] as transgressors.” (James 2:1, 9)