Top Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives music loving Iranians another reason to rue the day his gang of killjoys in black cloaks seized control of their country.
“Although music is halal, promoting and teaching it is not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic Republic,” he said. The Guardian wrote the remarks were among “the most extreme comments by a senior regime figure since the 1979 revolution”. Khamenei, the spiritual leader of Iran, is known to harbour views critical of music but rarely expresses them publicly. He banned Western-style music during his presidency in the 1980s.
Which type of music might Harry’s Place readers ban should they find themselves primus inter pares in a sharia compliant jurisdiction?
Gene adds: Obviously Khamenei’s injunction against promoting and teaching music has been taken to heart by Iran’s military band. Dig that crazy trombone!