It’s a shame it had to come to this. That is, it’s a horrific shame that people are being slaughtered in the streets of Tehran in what will be (if history follows course) a hopeless struggle for the theocratic government of Iran.
Historically, when religion collides with technology, religion and/or fundamentalist dogma lose big time. Consider…
The Catholic Church’s tangle with Galileo Galilei‘s support and refining of Copernicus’ work on the heliocentric concept of our “universe” was a nightmare from a religious standpoint. Guess who won that one.
The “Flat Earth Society” didn’t hold up too well to the tens of thousands of images from NASA.
The traditional religious view of the age of the universe got absolutely skunked by carbon dating.
And so it goes, over and over and over again. Now for Iran… Theocracy has met the Blackberry. True, the Mullahs may crush this revolt. (By the way Mullahs, how do you like your prescription glasses? Geeze, I would have thought that given your religious connections, you could have taken care of failing eyesight by a more divine means… Whatever…) But even if they (the Mullahs) do crush the uprising, the kernel remains the same – this is no more over than Tiannamen Square is over.
Put another way: time, technology, and objectivity will trump dogma every time. It just takes time.