Not central to this article, but an interesting point nonetheless. I'll take AP at its word. Apparently, other than the obligation to follow Sharia in social interaction, there is generally religious freedom in Iran. I was just thinking about how this compares with a lot of other countries that we take for granted as being free. Compared with French restrictions on religious garb, the Iranian position is not that abnormal. With "no restrictions on religious practices," the Persian government seems much more tolerant than the Israeli (I may be wrong - Israel is kind of weird on what they do and don't allow).... Are we (the West) maybe just a little too quick to judge all of Iran?