The WTF Moment of the Day: A Father is Told That He Must Pay $3,000 for the Bullet That the Government Used to Murder His Son

According to the Wall Street Journal, on Saturday in Iran, a young man, returning home from an acting class, went missing. It turns out that, though he was not a government protester, he was caught in the crossfire between the protesters and government forces, and was shot dead in the street:

At the crack of dawn, his father began searching at police stations, then hospitals and then the morgue. Upon learning of his son’s death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a “bullet fee”—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said. Mr. Alipour told officials that his entire possessions wouldn’t amount to $3,000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. According to relatives, morgue officials finally agreed, but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in Tehran. Kaveh Alipour’s body was quietly transported to the city of Rasht, where there is family.

Yes, you read that right. The vile Iranian regime, in an attempt to humiliate the young man’s father and family, tried to make the father pay $3,000 for the government bullet that killed his son.

In Iran this is, apparently, not an unheard of practice.

In what way is it again that God in government, and religious belief in general, is supposed to moderate the bestial impulses in man? If devout servants of an overtly religious regime can hold claim to their devoutness—and do this—then religion can pretty much be used to justify anything, right?

How is this different from any other form of nihilism? Isn’t this just religiously sanctioned nihilism?

I mean, WTF!?!

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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