If you thought it impossible Iranian society could take any more steps backwards into the stone age of civilized development, I am sorry to bust your balloon:
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.
In some of the most extreme comments by a senior regime figure since the 1979 revolution, Khamenei said: "Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic."
Khamenei's comments came in response to a request for a ruling by a 21-year-old follower of his, who was thinking of starting music lessons, but wanted to know if they were acceptable according to Islam, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. "It's better that our dear youth spend their valuable time in learning science and essential and useful skills and fill their time with sport and healthy recreations instead of music," he said.
Unlike other clerics in Iran, whose religious rulings are practised by their own followers, Khamenei's views are interpreted as administrative orders for the whole country, which must be obeyed by the government. Last month Khamenei issued a controversial fatwa in which he likened his leadership to that of the Prophet Muhammad and obliged all Iranians to obey his orders.
What a soulless goon this fellow is. And the idea that he thinks he's some kind of modern day prophet Muhammad is an interesting fact flake in light of Iran's unrelenting drive for nuclear weapons.
Crazy, deluded people should not have nuclear toys to play with. In burning their own fingers, they may end up igniting a conflagration that engulfs the Middle East and beyond.