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.
- A member of the religious police cannot be judged.
- 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.
- [The religious police] have taken on the role of the policeman, judge and jury.
- For there have been some people, otherwise good and holy, who saw that intemperance and luxury time and again drive man to throw off all restraints unless he is curbed by the utmost severity. And in their desire to correct such a pernicious evil they have adopted the only method which they saw fit, namely to permit earthly blessings only insofar as they were an absolute necessity. This advice showed the best of intentions but was far too rigid. For they committed the very dangerous error of imposing on the consequence of others stricter rules than those laid down in the Word of the Lord. By restricting people within the demands of necessity, they meant abstinence from everything possible. On the other hand, there are many nowadays who seek a pretext to excuse intemperance in the use of the external things, and who desire to indulge the lusts of the flesh. Such people take for granted that liberty should not be restricted by any limitations at all; but to this we can never agree. We must grant, indeed, that it is not right or possible to bind the consciences of others with hard and fast rules.
- John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, Page 85
- 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?
- 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 (6 August 2007). "Iranian morals police arrest 230 in raid on 'satanist' rave". The Guardian.