Jafar Panahi "detained" by Iranian police


Here's one reason why organized religion bugs me. Here you have one of cinema's most spiritual filmmakers, Jafar Panahi, whose films "Crimson Gold"  or "The Circle" could easily have made the Arts & Faith people's top 100 list, and he's "detained" by the tyrannical forces of a so-called theocratic government, one which, in principle, is supposed to uphold the enlightened teachings of Islam but instead uses religion as an excuse to enforce a regime of intolerance, injustice, greed and ignorance.

The Tehran prosecutor/spokesman said, "The arrest of Jafar Panahi is not politically motivated, nor does it stem from him being an artist."

You bet. A sad day for all film lovers. If you're the praying type, you might want to offer one for Panahi's safety.

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