What was that again, Mr. Ahmadinejad? “We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples’ rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings”? Do we really, now? “Iran issues fatwa on Azeri writer,” by Frances Harrison for BBC News, with thanks to Morgaan Sinclair:
One of Iran’s most senior clergymen has issued a fatwa on an Azeri writer said to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad.
The call on Muslims to murder Rafiq Tagi, who writes for Azerbaijan’s Senet newspaper, echoes the Iranian fatwa against Indian writer Salman Rushdie.
It was issued by the conservative Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Fazel Lankarani.
The writings of Rafiq Tagi sparked recent demonstrations outside the Azerbaijani embassy in the Iranian capital, Teheran.
The Iranian media is reporting that Grand Ayatollah Lankarani’s followers inside the republic of Azerbaijan wrote to him asking for advice about what they called “the apostate writer”.
They accuse the Azeri writer of portraying Christianity as superior to Islam and Europe as superior to the Middle East.
Horror of horrors! Well, this death fatwa will put paid to such notions in a hurry!
They allege that he has ridiculed all the sanctities of Islam and done it knowingly, fully aware of the consequences of his action.
In response, Grand Ayatollah Lankarani is said to have issued a fatwa calling for the death of the writer and also the person responsible for publishing his articles.
Earlier, an Iranian cleric had offered his house as a reward to anyone who killed the Azeri writer.
Hmmm. How many rooms?