Ali Khamene’i's aversion to music has already been noted by this blog, so it seems only right to note as well Terry Teachout’s evisceration of the Islamic regime concerning this issue. Read the whole thing, but the closing paragraph is worth highlighting:
But enough with the multicultural self-flagellation! Whatever its flaws, the West today is unashamedly pluralistic, with religion is a matter of private conviction. You may choose to attend a church where the singing is a cappella, but you can’t make anybody else do so, and if you take an ax to your neighbor’s Steinway in order to keep him from going to hell, you’ll be thrown in jail instead of receiving a good-conduct medal from the president. Needless to say, there are plenty of things about America that need fixing, and it’s conceivable that there might even be one or two things about Iran that we’d do well to emulate. I know they make pretty good movies there, and I’m told that Iranian caviar is hard to beat—but if you want to fire up your iPod without getting molten lead poured in your ears, there’s no place like home.
I hope to see the day when Iran’s leaders won’t embarrass the country by their pronouncements and their actions, and that instead, they will actually be worthy of the people they seek to lead. Alas, that day does not appear to be on the horizon.