A rabbi forces 'his' views on the people under him. The Irani government (and a lot of governments on this planet) force 'its' views on the people under it. That is the similarity.
It is relatively easier for an orthodox jew in the U.S.A. to leave orthodoxy than for an Iranian muslim to leave islam, but there is no pick and choose for fundamentalist movements, like the orthodox jews, what the original poster seemed to imply.
Not so ridiculous.