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Father Does Not Give Bread

Blogger In Khaneh Siah ast (This House Is Black) reacts to comments by a Friday Prayers leader:

These were the first words that I learned at school: "Father gives water."

I came across an interesting point while looking for other people's understanding of this sentence. The Friday Prayers imam of the provincial town of Abhar said in his recent sermons: "They teach our children in their very first year of primary school 'father gives water, father gives bread' and this implies communism, humanism, and liberalism. Why should it be so that our children are taught lessons of communism, humanism, and liberalism from the very beginning? The authorities ought to strive for solving these problems by changing these contexts."

I do not know how these three critical ideologies may be contracted into such a simple sentence and I am pretty sure that the Friday Prayer imam hasn't been able to take a glance over the textbooks since his own education, as the contexts have long been changed: No father gives bread anymore. The father gets embarrassed, father goes to prison, father goes away and never returns.

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