Religious police (aka clerical police, morality police, moral police, or sex police) are groups that are funded, legally authorized, and/or recognized by a government, frequently a theocracy, to enforce morality. Mutaween or hisbah groups are the religious police who enforce sharia law within Islamic theocracies.
- The police must strongly press on with the 'social security plan' and avoid seasonal and temporary initiatives so that its goals are implemented in society.
- Ali Khamenei, "Iran leader urges police to keep up social vice crackdown", AFP hosted at Google, 7 November 2007.
- In 2001, Afghanistan was a totalitarian nightmare — a land where girls could not go to school, where religious police roamed the streets, where women were publicly whipped, where there were summary executions in Kabul's soccer stadium.
- "President Bush Discusses Progress in Afghanistan, Global War on Terror". News & Policies. Whitehouse.gov (February 15, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-07.
- A member of the religious police cannot be judged.
- [The religious police] have taken on the role of the policeman, judge and jury.
- Maybe God isn't the sex police, Richard. Sometimes I think Christians get all hung up on the sex thing because it's easier to worry about sex than to ask yourself, am I a good person? […] It makes it easy to be cruel, because as long as you're not fucking around, nothing you do can be that bad. Is that really all you think of God?
- The religious police should be confined to religious guidance, with no powers of enforcement.
Countries with religious police
- Afghanistan (no longer active since the the ouster of the Talibs)
- Iran (all provinces)
- Malaysia (some states)
- Nigeria (some states)
- Saudi Arabia (all provinces)
- Iran police in fashion crackdown
- Old Iran... ...Vs. New, July 1998
- Generation ex-communicated September 2002
- Islamo-morality Police Busy In Iran - City Tackles Those 'Titillating Mannequins'
- Iranians arrested for net dating March 2003
- Robert Tait. "Iranian morals police arrest 230 in raid on 'satanist' rave", The Guardian, 6 August 2007.