Ahmadinejad slams forced Islamic values

2012-12-31 22:01

Tehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people, especially university candidates, media reported on Monday.

"You cannot impose things by issuing decrees and directives - a choice imposed by force has no value whatsoever," Ahmadinejad said in a speech on Sunday.

"In some universities, female students are forced to wear the chador [covering the whole body, leaving only the face exposed], but the way they are forced to wear it... it is better not worn since it becomes worthless," he said.

He also criticised criteria on the selection of university candidates, citing the case of a student denied university admittance in the 1980s because he had shaved.

Being unshaven in Iran is a sign that you are a good Muslim.

Ahmadinejad also mentioned another case of a girl refused a university place because she had "talked to a boy in the street and had her headscarf back an inch," thereby showing her hair.

He said that after he intervened in both cases they were granted places.

Ahmadinejad also denounced some of the questions posed to candidates during interviews for government jobs.

"We have asked people if they drank alcohol or have illicit sexual relations. This is an insult and goes against religion," he said.

Ahmadinejad, whose second and final presidential term ends in 2013, has repeatedly drawn the ire of ultra-conservative religious figures in the Islamic republic by advocating a more liberal view of Islam, criticising in particular the use of force to compel women to cover their hair.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-31 22:24

    Wow, I'm-dinner-jacket seems to be preparing for a new career after he steps down.

      bill.smit.7 - 2013-01-01 05:33

      I'd be impressed if he figuered out how to say something nice about Jews or Americans.

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-31 22:58

    Honestly speaking I never expected this from this chap as he often presents himself as a contrarian of some description!

      angus.stembull - 2012-12-31 23:11

      Not really. He has always been one of the more enlightened Islamist leaders.

      david.g.fosse - 2013-01-01 12:09

      Is the act of having your scarf back an inch the same as getting your tits out in the UK?

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-31 23:17

    I guess hitler had a good reason for not killing you...........

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-31 23:29

    . Ok, now he has shown to be a reasonable guy, by allowing a girl to talk to a guy in the street, lets allow him to have his nuclear weapons!!! Fair is fair !!!!!

      fcint - 2013-01-01 01:48

      Next thing you know he'll be shaving! That should merit lifting of the sanctions.

      david.g.fosse - 2013-01-01 12:12

      Such a nice chap,soon Iran will be recognizing pass over and the rest of the Jewish holidays.I have never read such pro Islamic BS in my life.

  • Raymon - 2013-01-01 01:37

    This is new! I hope he realizes that he's contradicting the Koran

      nasreen.parak.1 - 2013-01-01 04:23

      Actually he isn't. Because Islam teaches one to be respectful and tolerant of all religions. Just cause a some are not doesn't mean its what the Quraan says.

      Shaun McDermott - 2013-01-01 07:55

      @Atheitis are you not that religious idiot who was called DAthiest. i see you have changed your name? just to remind you Athiesm is a religion :)

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2013-01-01 12:37

      Nasreen, would you mind showing us where in the Koran it says that?

      Raymon - 2013-01-01 13:45

      Nasreen: It is my experience that there are 2 basic groups of Muslims. There are those that do not really read/study the Quaraan, but instead are Muslim because they are born into it and have only verbal knowledge ( taught by parents or Imam). The second group are Moslems that read and study the Quaraan. The assertion that Islam is a peaceful religion is uttered by people in the first group, because they do not know their own holy book, or by people in the second group, who's goal it is to deceive.

      tom.poe.12 - 2013-01-04 11:37

      @ Raymon...He is NOT contradicting the Quran.......Islamic law does NOT require such personal questions to be asked of its adherents.

      tom.poe.12 - 2013-01-04 11:42

      @ Raymon....with regards to Islam being a peaceful religion, please note that Islam encourages Muslims to ''turn the other cheek'' however, it does allow Muslims the right to defend themselves should they so desire......quoting the Bible, "An Eye for an Eye"

  • sias.wagener - 2013-01-01 02:13

    Yeah right.

      sias.wagener - 2013-01-01 07:14

      Hope they drop their female abuse practices.

  • ann.teixeira - 2013-01-01 07:13

    I could be mistaken. But isn't he a shi ite? That means he isn't Muslim.

      nasreen.parak.1 - 2013-01-01 09:47

      Shi'ites are muslim who believe in Allah and Quraan. However they have a few beliefs which differ. Like how you get the different churches of Christianity.

  • bill.mckimm.9 - 2013-01-01 09:22

    You could get both Ahmadinejad and JZ in a room and still not have the IQ of the average idiot.

      tom.poe.12 - 2013-01-04 11:43

      Because they both are less than Pale skinned?

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