Leading Iranian Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati used his Friday prayer sermon to celebrate the recent executions of protesters and to call for more executions as the will of God. Jannati explained that the Koran (Qur’an) expressly allows rulers to execute critics.
Jannati said that the recent instability was due to weakness — presumably the absence of executions for people exercising free speech. He insisted: “We showed weakness, so then we had Ashoura. If you show weakness now, the future will be worse … There is no room for Islamic mercy.” We have not seen much “Islamic mercy” coming from the regime.
Jannati thanked Iran’s judiciary chief, Sadeq Larijani, for the recent executions of protesters as “stand[ing] up courageously for the sake of God” and specifically praised the speed of the executions – made possible by a lack of delay due to any real appeal or basic legal process. He noted that the Koran specifically Islam permits rulers to kill their opponents, including “hypocrites, those with evil intentions and those who spread rumors.”
It must be good to hold power while claiming to speak for God. That makes repression and murder as a simple matter of divine judgment.
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