IS PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI THE MODERATE IRANIANS TOUT? – I watched with interest the televised CNN interview between Christiane Amanpour and the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani – see above
President Hassan Rouhani certainly appeared to be a moderate man; one that might be willing to sit around a table with international leaders in order to discuss more amicable relations.
The issue with Iran has not always been about the sitting President but rather the fanatical religious scholars that pull the strings.
It is obvious, to any sane individual, that religion is the primary cause for many of the world’s conflicts and indeed if the Muslim world had its way they would eradicated every non-Muslim from the planet – all in the name of religion.
So is President Hassan Rouhani a moderate man? Well he did say that he would consider, if the conditions were right, sitting down with President Obama and discuss certain issues.
We may well view Iran with trepidation, skepticism and certainly suspicion but the truth is that Iran hasn’t declared war against another nation in over four hundred years.
The conflict between the U.S and Iran was only brought about after the U.S supplied chemical weapons and other arms to Iraq in order to help them kill Iranians during the Iran / Iraq war.
But this article is not about war it’s about moderation and religion and whether the two can in fact co-exist without attempting to murder one another.
President Hassan Rouhani is now under the spotlight after a new law is being proposed that would allow men to marry their adopted children if they choose.
The age of consent has been set at 13 years of age and both the issue of marrying an adopted child and the age of consent has left many western leaders asking if President Hassan Rouhani is indeed the moderate they thought he would be.
The proposed law clearly shows that extreme religious beliefs and intolerance have not waned; if anything they have increased with the proposal of such a law.
It appears incredulous to any western person that a government could allow a man of any age to marry a child of just 13 years of age; let alone one that he has adopted has his legal child.
The law was proposed just days after the landmark telephone call between President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani – it has been 35 years since the two countries have spoken and it was hoped that this would be the first of many in order to find a solution to the difference and bring about amicable relations.
Human Rights advocates are now calling for governments to apply further pressure to Iran as the newly proposed law simply condones the practice of paedophila and incest – something that should never be allowed in any civilized society.
“This bill is legalizing peadophilia. It’s not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalizing pedophilia and is endangering our children and normalizing this crime in our culture.” Shadi Sadr, Lawyer for the Justice for Iran group
So what is Iran’s official position and reasoning for allowing such a practice? According to Iranian officials the question of fathers marrying their adopted daughters comes out of practicality since adopted girls are forced to wear a hijab around their fathers and mothers must wear it around their adopted sons.
If that doesn’t make any sense to you then don’t worry for you are not alone.
The law, many feel, is simply a sinister way for men to openly satisfy their sexual appetites for young children and it is done so under protection from prosecution.
The marriage of underage children around the world continues to worry many human rights groups as they attempt to educate people in order to stamp out the practice.
According to Iran’s state news agency there are currently around 42,000 children between the ages of 10 to 14 who were married in 2010.
The new law has yet to be approved by the Governing council of Islamic scholars and indeed there remains a number of legal hurdles yet to be discussed in order for the law to be enforced, however, leaders around the world are calling on Iran not to allow such a practice to be enshrined in law as this could further damage international relations.