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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ahmadinejad in hot water over kissing woman's gloved hand

Once again, no matter how crazy you are, there are always crazier people:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinajad is being slammed by Iranian newspapers and Islamic groups after he kissed his teacher's hand during a celebration, on the occasion of Iranian teacher's day.

The Tehran-based "Hezbollah newspaper" considered the Iranian president's behavior contradictory to Islamic law, "which prohibits the kissing the hand of any lady, if she is not one of the man's family members, and to whom he can not get married."

The newspaper went as far as saying, "the Iranian people have never witnessed such a violation of the Islamic rules since the Islamic revolution in 1979, and such inappropriate behavior could have very serious influence on the sacred Islamic principles and values."

It is noteworthy that, when the Iranian president kissed his teacher's hand, she was wearing gloves, and so there was no contact with her flesh.

UPDATE:
(H/T Memri Blog)