Here is the on-line report of the yesterday’s incident from a Malaysian site. Nothing yet on western media as I was writing this.
A high-profile performance in Iran by the Tehran Symphony Orchestra was cancelled at the last minute because it was due to feature female musicians, its furious conductor said today.
Ali Rahbari said he was told 15 minutes before the orchestra was scheduled to play at a major sporting event that they could not.
"The chairs were laid out and everything looked fine," he said, referring to the World Wrestling Clubs Cup competition which opened in the Iranian capital on Thursday.
"But before performing the national anthem, all of a sudden they announced women cannot play on stage." Neither Rahbari or the ISNA news agency, which reported his comments, detailed who "they" were.
"I was offended and said it was impossible for me to accept such an insult," Rahbari added. "We either play all together or we leave".
Efforts to resolve the issue failed.
"It's absolutely impossible for women to play musical instruments on stage," Rahbari quoted organisers of the ceremony as saying.
Banned from singing solo in public since the Islamic revolution of 1979, female Iranian musicians have repeatedly complained of having been stopped from performing, particularly outside Tehran.
But Thursday's refusal, according to ISNA, was the first time a performance by the Symphony Orchestra, one of Iran's oldest, had been cancelled because of its female members.
I have no doubt that brave Ali Rahbari will soon be replaced as conductor of the orchestra by a fundamental Muslim, followed not long after with the replacement of women by men in the orchestras of that repressive, oppressive, offensive regime.
What is the fear that drives the intolerance and misogyny of fundamental Islam?
The answer lies in the fear Muslim men have of losing their slaves. In that disgrace of a religion, women are good for sex, reproduction and wiping male bottoms and that’s about it. The Koran says, a woman is only worth half a man: as long as women obey their masters they are tolerated as slaves, so woe betide the woman who has a mind of her own.
When the reward for murderous martyrdom, the highest attainment in the religious deeds pecking order, and the act guaranteed to get you straight to heaven, is to be given 70 virgins to rape to your hearts content, you know the men are morally fucked.
We should all be outraged at yet another example of the oppression of women but such is the moral lassitude of our left-wing news media and feministas that I doubt we will hear a peep from them. After all these are people who would rather don a suicide vest and explode the device than say a word that might offend fundamental Islam.
We excuse fundamental Islam at our peril. Unless we are all prepared to oppose oppression and intolerance we will soon find ourselves losing the freedoms we enjoy and hold dear. They have been hard won: let us not allow them to be lost through cowardice and fear of giving offence, especially to members of a religion that is fundamentally fucked.
I don't usually swear but these men, this religion...
Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice
ISIS Obama and France
Women and children first