Viva la Revolution!

IRAN has launched a series of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The ceremonies, according to this report, kicked off across the country on February 1 at 9:33 a.m. local time. That’s precisely when Iran’s Islamic revolution leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned three decades ago to Tehran from a 14-year exile in Paris, and immediately proceeded to lead the country back to medieval times.

President Ahmadinejad congratulates Iranian scientists on their development of a revolutionary new can opener

President Ahmadinejad congratulates Iranian scientists on their development of a revolutionary new can opener

That, of course, is not how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sees things.

In a speech marking the Islamic Revolution, Ahmadinejad described it as:

The most powerful and most influential element in world’s current developments.

The revolution, he said, heralded a new chapter in the history of humankind:

Despite the elapse of only thirty years from its victory, the Revolution has managed to collect a unique record of very brilliant achievements.

It’s appropriate at this juncture to remind ourselves of some of Khomeini’s words of “wisdom”:

• A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.

• A man can have sex with animals such as sheeps, cows, camels and so on. However, he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village; however, selling the meat to the next door village should be fine.

• America is the great Satan, the wounded snake.

• If one commits the act of sodomy with a cow, an ewe, or a camel, their urine and their excrements become impure, and even their milk may no longer be consumed. The animal must then be killed and as quickly as possible and burned.

• If one permits an infidel to continue in his role as a corrupter of the earth, his moral suffering will be all the worse. If one kills the infidel, and this stops him from perpetrating his misdeeds, his death will be a blessing to him.

• The author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all Moslems to execute them wherever they find them.

And, perhaps, the most telling of all:

• An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humour in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.

You can find more Khomeini quotes here, and an interesting piece on Islam and paedophilia here.