This is a good opportunity for Islamic spokesmen in the West to explain how the Iranian mullahs are Misunderstanding Islam and wrongly claiming to be on the side of Allah and Muhammad as they violently persecute dissidents. Can we get an explanation from Honest Ibe Hooper? Brave Ahmed Rehab? Sinister Salam al-Marayati? Anyone? Anyone?
“Iran Demonstrators Facing Death Sentence,” by Edward Yeranian for the Voice of America, January 17 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Iran will put 16 opposition demonstrators on trial, Monday, and several are to be charged with “offending God and his prophet.” Sixty journalists and intellectuals are expressing outrage over use of the charge of being “mohareb”, which carries the death penalty.
The Iranian judiciary will put 16 opposition protesters on trial, Monday, in connection with demonstrations last month on the holy day of Ashoura. Press reports and recent statements by Iranian prosecutors indicate several will be charged with the offense of “mohareb” or “making war against God and his prophet.” Conviction on such a charge carries the death penalty.
In an open letter to the Iranian judiciary, a group of 60 Iranian journalists and intellectuals, most of whom live abroad, are demanding a stop to using the religiously-based charge of “mohareb” against opposition protesters. They say in their letter, that “if protesting is making war against God, then we are all warriors.”…