Good news for the world’s dhimmis? “Iran’s vice president for legal and parliamentary affairs Mohammad-Ali Abtahi said here Saturday that the real Islam is the religion of freedom and peace which does not contradict principles of human rights.”
In a meeting with a UN official, Abtahi explained that “The (Iranian) government has done its best to opt for a version of religion which would not be against human life, peace and freedom because any religion which stands against human freedoms would be removed from political and social scenes. . . . Today, the Iranian nation demands reforms and this is among great achievements of the Islamic Republic’s government.”
Wonderful. Then I assume that Abtahi fully supports Nobelist Shirin Ebadi’s call for the “abolition of Islamic penalties and their replacement by judicial punishments.”
I trust he also supports her call “for an end to stoning and the amputation of limbs,” and that he shares her “grave concern about women’s rights in Iran, pointing to the fact that a woman’s life is officially considered only half as valuable as a man’s and that a woman’s divorce rights are far weaker than her husband’s.”
If the Iranian government denounces the death threats against Ebadi and adopts her recommendations at the highest levels, then I’ll believe Abtahi.