Muslim spokesmen such as Harris Zafar, Mustafa Akyol, Salam al-Marayati, M. Cherif Bassiouni, and Ali Eteraz (among many others) have assured us that Islam doesn’t punish apostasy. I expect that Zafar, Akyol, al-Marayati, Bassiouni, and Eteraz will immediately be jetting over to Tehran to explain to the mullahs that they’re getting Islam all wrong, wrong, wrong, and should stop bothering Shahin Najafi immediately.
“The Salman Rushdie of music? Iran calls for killing of “˜apostate” rap artist,” from al Arabiya, May 9 (thanks to David):
Ayatollah Safieh Golpayegani, a Shi”ite cleric based in the holy Iranian city of Qom, has issued a death sentence against rap artist Shahin Najafi for apostasy, the Persian-language Al Arabiya website reported on Wednesday.
The sentence was issued after Najafi released a controversial song called “Naqi.”
The song sparked a furor among protesters who believe it to be offensive to Imam Naqi, the tenth Imam in Shi”ite Islam.
News website Asr Iran, which is closely tied to the regime in Tehran, launched an online campaign calling for the hanging of Najafi. The website stated that the aim of the campaign was to have Najafi condemned for apostasy, a crime that carries the death penalty in Iran.
The campaign organizers have called on all Shi”ites and Muslims in general to find and kill Najafi and “send him to hell,” according to the website….
When was the last time you heard a Christian preacher calling upon all Christians to find and kill some ex-Christian and “send him to hell”? Think hard, now.