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Maldives: Mixed messages from theocracy

September 17, 2012

The Maldives government has rejected a ban on dancing in public between men and women called by its own Islamic Affairs ministry and pledged that the honeymoon hotspot would remain a beacon of tolerance.

Presidential spokesman Abbas Riza says a circular issued by the ministry prohibiting dancing between men and women is not enforceable as it has no basis in Maldivian law.

”There has not been and never will be a ban on dancing,” Abbas said in an emailed statement.

”Under the constitution, no one could enforce or prohibit any freedom unless under a law.”

”The Maldives will always be a very tolerant society (which is an) example to the world.”


An example of what, though?

Besides, if people don’t do their dancing in public, how are you going to find them and kill them?


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