Friday, February 22, 2008

New Iranian law: don't offend the "sacred" or you will die!

Mideast Youth reports:

The Iranian Parliament is considering legislation that would [criminalize] Baha’is [and] many others, even outside of Iran…[One law] would mandate the death penalty for anyone who converts from Islam to another religion

Public hangings in the enlightened country of Iran

The text uses the word Hadd, meaning that it explicitly sets death as a fixed punishment that cannot be changed, reduced or annulled… The law also extends to naming as apostate any follower of a religion other than Islam who had one parent who was a Muslim at the time of his or her conception...

Thus, for instance, the child of a Muslim and a Christian who chooses to adopt the Christian faith would be considered an apostate under the terms of the law and therefore subject to execution, says, Ms. Dugal, spokesperson for the Baha’i International Community at the UN.

Another troubling section of the proposed code would extend “security” laws outside the country... The code’s vagueness with respect to “offending the sacred”...


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