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Clerics Lost Face In Iran, Clerics Show Face In Saudi Arabia

Clerics in Iran increasingly are losing the support of younger Iranians and it is not surprising that Saudi Arabian clerics continue issuing edicts whose goal is simple — make those in charge of the Muslim religion display their ignorance and middle age mentality. Saudi Arabia’s only film festival has been cancelled due to an order issued by the Interior Ministry. People in Saudi Arabia for over three decades were forbidden to attend a movie theater for the simple reason theaters were no allowed to show films. For some reason, in 2006, Saudi Arabian actors, directors and producers were allowed to organize a film festival in order to demonstrate their film making talents. But, yesterday, officials who govern morality clamped down and cancelled this year’s film festival. No doubt, the guardians of purity were shocked at reports that women and men were in the dame film theater and watching the film without benefit of a veil on the screen.

Isn’t it wonderful that the United States is allied with such staunch defenders of human rights as Saudi Arabia? I guess when clerical idiots on our side exert their ignorance, it is in the name of democracy.

Not Gay To Help Gays In St. Petersburg, Russia

Two popular nightclubs in St. Petersburg, Russia are facing closure after they agreed to host a gay and lesbian film festival on their premises. The Place and Sochi, two favorite clubs for students, the art crowd and expats, suddenly were confronted with a surprise fire inspection that resulted in having the establishments closed down for code violations. Irina Sergeyeva, one of the organizers of the festival, said; “We are indignant, upset and distressed. We have had the festival opening scheduled for tonight at two venues, and it became known earlier today that by the order of the fire inspectors, who paid visits to both clubs yesterday, the clubs are closed, so the film festival will not be held at these venues.” The festival originally was to be held at Pik film center, but that organization decided they did not wish to take part in the film presentations.

This was the first time a gay and lesbian film festival has been held in public. As long as they were in private settings, the city government apparently didn’t care, but the prospect that anyone could see the films appeared to frighten these government leaders.

Such is life in Putin Russia, the home of free thought. It is free and open as long as one agrees with Prime Minister Putin.