Sticking to their guns. Incidentally, a question for you Jews and Christians who may be inclined toward moral equivalence: when was the last time you heard a sermon in your synagogue or church calling for anyone to be killed? “Ahmad Khatami from the Iranian Assembly of Experts in a Tehran Friday Sermon: Fatwa against Rushdie Must Be Carried Out. Fatah Staged a Coup d’Etat against Hamas,” from MEMRITV (thanks to Hot Air):
Following are excerpts from a Friday sermon by Ahmad Khatami of the Iranian Assembly of Experts, which aired on Channel 1, Iranian TV on June 22, 2007:
The old, decrepit, and colonialist English regime presents itself as the defender of human rights, yet it awards a medal to such a wretched, bankrupt man [Salman Rushdie], who has offended the sacred values of more than 1.5 billion Muslims. Are these your human rights?
Crowd chants: Death to England.
Death to England.
Death to England.
Ahmad khatami:Is this your civilization? This old, decrepit government of England should know that the days of its imperialistic aspirations are gone, and today it is considered America’s branded slave. They must also know that the wave of Islamic revival in the world has begun, whether they like it or not. Under these circumstances, awarding England’s highest honor to a wretched man, who lacks any talent whatsoever… He is not considered a prominent novelist or author. They awarded him this medal only because he cursed the Prophet. Under these circumstances, awarding a medal to such a man entails a conflict with one and a half billion Muslims throughout the world, and you will gain nothing from this. The one thing that will happen is that you will see the Islamic world roaring together. In Islamic Iran, this revolutionary fatwa still exists. It is unchangeable and with God’s grace, it must be carried out.