Iran: After death to apostates and death to America comes death to secularists!

Rouhanis noose on dissidents

While the world’s media is focussed on the vile deeds of the Islamic State and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is at the UN asking for Iran to be allowed to enrich uranium, back in Iran the authorities are engaged in a spate of executions and mass-arrests.

In the midst of this there is one man who stands out from the crowd. There can be no question that  Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is a brave man and one that deserves international support. Anxious that the heady cocktail of religious and political Islam continued to pose an enormous risk lead the Ayatollah to publicly call for the separation of religion from the political state. We have seen how dangerous this is with the religious fanatics of the Islamic State, who seemingly justify and excuse their heinous actions by religious doctrine. If you believe your next step leads you to eternal paradise, then there is little restraint on your actions.

Mohamad Mohavadi, Iran’s Prosecutor of the Special Court, has publicly condemned Boroujerdi, saying that the punishment for ‘sedition’ is execution. He also vowed that those who assisted Ayatollah Boroujerdi in publishing his papers about the separation of religion from state will also be sentenced to death. The threat to execute Ayatollah Boroujerdi came within 48 hours of his most recent letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

According to Boroujerdi’s family, he was placed in solitary-confinement cell with his wrists and ankles shackled, with his hands and feet shackled to the wall so he can not move. This is a procedural step towards imminent execution, possibly within 24 hours.

“Certain intelligence agencies have put blades in the hand of madmen, who now spare no one,” Rouhani told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. But he didn’t mention the mass executions that are taking place in Iran, nor the arrests of dissidents – and certainly not the fate of Ayatollah Boroujerdi.

Iran is demonstrating to the world that it can execute the Ayatollah without any protest from the western world. This is the country that is asking to be allowed to enrich uranium, a step in the process to developing nuclear weapons. Please retweet this article in support of Ayatollah Boroujerdi, a religious cleric and man of freedom, who is about to give his life simply to forward his belief that religion and state should not rest ultimately in the same hands, something atheists have been saying for decades. Atheists and those of faith who believe in peace should support the actions of such a courageous man.


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ISIL execution of an 'apostate' in Aleppo

ISIL execution of an ‘apostate’ in Aleppo

The jihadist group that has seized swathes of Iraq in a lightning campaign has kidnapped dozens of children in Syria and plans to use them as suicide bombers, activists warned. Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have abducted 145 elementary school children of Kurdish origins in northern Syria.

“The children were kidnapped on the Aleppo-Minbej road while returning to the Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) city after completing their exams in regime-held areas of Aleppo city,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. The activist group, which has been reliably reporting on the Syrian civil war for over three years, said the abduction took place at the end of May. SOHR said that parents were frantic that extremist militants were brainwashing their children to then send them to their deaths as suicide bombers.

Thirty-one Turkish truck drivers and 49 people who were at the Turkish consulate in Mosul when it was stormed by militants have been also taken captive by the group, which uses ransom money to fund its plan to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region. Turkey also said its embassy in Baghdad was looking into reports jihadists kidnapped 60 foreign construction workers, including some 15 Turks, near the northern city of Kirkuk.

In the latest development, Isis fighters have invaded Iraq’s biggest oil refinery in Baiji and are now controlling 75% of the facility. “Five students, who were able to flee from their kidnapers, told their parents that the Isis offered them recruitment and gave them lessons of ‘Jihad and fighting the enemies of god and apostates’,” SOHR said.

Run by jihadist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isis was formed in Iraq shortly after the 2003 US-led invasion. The group has exploited the chaos sparked by the civil war in neighbouring Syria to carve out a safe haven from where it has launched attacks back into Iraq. Last week, Isis vowed to conquer Baghdad after it seized Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. The invasion has been followed by reports of summary executions and abductions. Meanwhile, the Indian government said 40 Indian construction workers were kidnapped by Isis in the city.