Adultery, Porn Videos, and Moral Authority in Iran

Video of an Iranian cleric apparently committing adultery leaked online and was spread and popularized by a social bookmark site in Iran. A hidden camera was recording evidence as part of an investigation by the Intelligence Ministry according to a Blogger for The Daily Beast Telmah Parsa in “Iran’s Hottest Porn Video.”

The cleric was apparently a member of the government-run Friday Prayers Committee in Hamadan province. Semi-official news sites tried to downplay the impact of the video, which leaked out of an Intelligence Ministry investigation. But their reports did acknowledge that the man involved was a married cleric, and that the video depicts the consummation of an unlawful affair.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this video, not the titillating and voyeuristic elements, but what it might say about the interaction between interpersonal relationships and religion in Iran and elsewhere. Does this controversy change your opinion at all? Is this just another example of government-level hypocrisy that we see all over the world or does it have some special meaning in the context of Iran?

4 thoughts on “Adultery, Porn Videos, and Moral Authority in Iran

  1. corruption is a natural result of dictatorship, and my country, Iran is full of corruption among officials. I believe that Iranian officials are the most profligate leaders of the world.

  2. Unfortunately clerics in various religions use their trust and position to feed their perverse cravings. Similar to Priests who molest children and the choir boys!. Clerics have been the disease in all cultures and societies! Eventually people will realize that they do not need a middle man between them and God and all these perverts will be extinct one day!

  3. Its really hurts when you see someone who is believed to be pious, and it has become an inherent part of every society. Everybody should condemn this….