Iran convicted Mohsen Amir-Aslami for “insulting the prophet Jonah” and “making innovations in religion,” according to a report in The Guardian by Saeed Kamali Dehghan. He was a psychotherapist who practiced in his own home and provided additional consulting and education in the Qur’an. That’s where he really blew it because he was in competition with nut cases who are running and ruining the Iranian nation.
On the basis of this single instance (among thousands of others) there should be no negotiations with this rogue nation that is offensive to the free world. Just as ISIS is 100% offensive so is the Iranian government.
Writing a book, “Surviving three days in a holy whale,” would land a sentence to death.
Someone should remind them that they stole much of the Qur’an from a Bible that was written and published by Jews. If someone is to be prosecuted, it should be Iranians for plagiarism and copyright violations.
Not being a fan of religions of any kind, it is freedom of thought and liberty that is at stake here. Government should have no business trespassing upon individual rights and freedoms.
This case also demonstrates how the “authorities” in Iran can arbitrarily trump up additional charges to make a case stronger. Of course, that undermines the integrity of justice in Iran for which there is none.
While, inside the whale, Jonah had a conversation and asked with a large reverberating echo, “I thought that you were a vegetarian?”
The whale thought about that and responded, “You are right,” as he spit him out and onto the beach.
Iran’s “supreme” leaders would have thrown Jonah overboard, and probably would have forgotten to pray for him, thus, the whale would have had a full stomach.
“Iran executes man for heresy
Mohsen Amir-Aslani convicted of insulting prophet Jonah and making ‘innovations in religion’ through interpretations of Qur’an
Saeed Kamali Dehghan
The Guardian, Monday 29 September 2014 13.15 EDT
Mohsen Amir-Aslani who was executed in Iran last week for heresy.
A 37-year-old man has been executed in Iran after being found guilty of heresy and insulting prophet Jonah, according to human rights activists.
Mohsen Amir-Aslani was arrested nine years ago for his activities which the authorities deemed were heretical. He was engaged in psychotherapy but also led sessions reading and reciting the Qur’an and providing his own interpretations of the Islamic holy book, his family said.
Amir-Aslani was hanged last week for making “innovations in the religion” and “spreading corruption on earth”, but human rights activists said he was a prisoner of conscience who was put to death because of his religious beliefs. He had interpreted Jonah’s story in the Qur’an as a symbolic tale.
Iran’s judiciary, which was responsible for the handling of his case, has since denied that Amir-Aslani’s execution was linked to his religious beliefs.
Instead, the authorities allege that he had illicit sexual relationships with a number of people who participated in his sessions and the type of activities he was involved in did not follow an official interpretation of the religion. It was not clear if Amir-Aslani had official permission to conduct his sessions.”