Isn’t it amazing that someone presumably as well informed about Islam as the Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpayghani could actually be a Misunderstander of Islam? But it’s true! Somehow he has missed how the Koran provides for “gender justice,” and has gotten the crazy idea that women in governing roles would be contrary to Sharia. “God will be furious if women become governors: Iran cleric,” from AFP, October 15 (thanks to Tanstaafl):
TEHRAN, IRAN – A top hardline Iranian cleric said on Thursday that “God’s fury” would be unleashed if Iran appoints women as governors of some provinces, as was raised as a possibility by a minister last week.
“If some people want to change the principles and values of the revolution without considering the views of clerics, they will face the fury of God and of the people,” Grand Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi Golpayghani said on his website.
Golpayghani was reacting to remarks by interior minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar in the holy city of Qom last week, who when asked whether Iran would appoint women as governors of provinces, replied: “Yes. It is possible.”
Golpayghani said the appointment of women in such top jobs was against sharia (Islamic) law.
“They come to Qom, the centre of Shiite Islam, and announce that they will appoint women as governors of some provinces. Do you want to fight with the Koran and the Prophet with such talks that go against sharia?” he asked.
“Who are you against? God’s rule or the definite rules of religion?” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has also faced stiff resistance from hardline clerics, including Golpayghani, in appointing women as cabinet ministers….