"Women should only ride bicycles in their backyards," from Mohabat News, July 29 (thanks to Lachlan):
Mohabat News -- According to a report by Shahrzad News, The issue of women cycling in public has resurfaced in Iran, with an ayatollah suggesting that they should only ride bicycles in their own backyards.
The various Iranian religious factions have for some time been jockeying for position around the issue, each hoping to advance its own political agenda by gaining the support of women. Meanwhile, as in many cities in the West, Tehran's mayor has created cycle paths in an attempt to ease traffic congestion. However the ultra-conservative Ayatollah Elm Alhuda, Friday prayer Imam in the holy city of Mashad and a fierce opponent of the scheme, says "It is not a sin for a woman to sit on a bicycle saddle, provided she does so indoors or in her backyard. But if she cycles in public .... her movements and posture will lead to corruption and prostitution."
Wow! Who knew?
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