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Did Iran’s supreme leader have a hand in writing the UIGEA?

TAGs: ayatollah khamanei, iran, supreme leader

Iran-Supreme-Leader-UIGEAAmerica and Iran don’t get along, at least, not at the governmental level. America likes to describe Iran as part of the Axis of Evil, Iran refers to America as the Great Satan, I’m rubber, you’re glue, yada yada yada… But mutual dislike isn’t the only thing they have in common. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, has just issued a supremely contradictory edict worthy of the anti-gambling Republican crowd that passed the UIGEA in 2006.

El Supremo Khamanei admits that while there’s nothing inherently anti-Islamic about music, the teaching and/or promoting of music is “not compatible with the highest values of the sacred regime of the Islamic republic.” Remind anyone of the UIGEA, which did not specifically declare online gambling to be illegal, yet sought to ban the methods by which gamblers move funds in and out of their online gambling accounts? Still not convinced the two groups are birdbrains of a feather? Would it help if we pointed out that both Khamanei and the Republican right claim to be doing God’s bidding? Amen. Read more.

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