Pastor's possible execution reveals nuances of Islamic law
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani preaches in a file photo.
October 7th, 2011
06:55 PM ET

Pastor's possible execution reveals nuances of Islamic law

By Dan Merica, CNN

(CNN) - The possible hanging of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for converting from Islam to Christianity has exposed a division among Islamic jurists on whether Iran would be violating Islamic law by carrying out the execution.

According to some of these scholars, the Quran not only outlaws the death penalty for the charge of apostasy, but under Sharia law, conversion from Islam is not a punishable offense at all.

"Instead, it says on a number of occasions that God prefers and even demands that people believe in Him, but that He will handle rejection of such belief by punishing them in the afterworld," wrote Intisar Rabb, an assistant professor of law at Boston College and a faculty affiliate in research at Harvard Law School, in an e-mail to CNN.

But Rabb also acknowledges that there is a more nuanced view to Islamic law, too.

Clark Lombardi, an associate professor of law at the University of Washington, said there is more room for interpretation because the Quran is not the only source of Islamic law.

"Most Muslims look past the Quran and say the Quran needs to be looked at in the practice of the Prophet. So they look to see what rules the prophet laid down," Lombardi said.

And, according to Lombardi, if you look at literature about the life of Mohammed, "then apostasy is clearly something very bad. And there are examples of apostates being punished."

What emerges from this is a complicated division between whether apostasy is punishable in the first place and, if it is punishable, for what reason.

"Most Muslims, most but not all, believe that apostasy is a deep and terrible sin," Lombardi said. "The question of whether the state should punish deep and terrible sins is in fact something that Muslims do disagree about."

Nadarkhani, the leader of a network of Christian house churches in Iran, was first convicted of apostasy in November 2010, a charge he subsequently appealed. Though news reports from Iran have indicated the pastor is now charged with "security related crimes" and is no longer charged with apostasy, briefs obtained by CNN from the 2010 Supreme Court case show the pastor's original charge was solely apostasy.

"He (Nadarkhani) has stated that he is a Christian and no longer Muslim," states the Supreme Court brief. "During many sessions in court with the presence of his attorney and a judge, he has been sentenced to execution by hanging according to article 8 of Tahrir - olvasileh."

Harris Zafar, national spokesperson of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, does not mince words on the subject, stating in a Huffington Post opinion piece that "Islam prescribes absolutely no punishment for apostasy."

"Chapter two of the Holy Quran emphatically denies this possibility, stating 'there shall be no compulsion in religion," writes Zafar. "This is an unambiguous declaration protecting freedom of conscience and choice."

Mohammad Fadel, associate professor of law at University of Toronto, said that there is a difference, though, between just being a nonbeliever and being someone who is actively preaching a religion other than Islam. Fadel said Nadarkhani's preaching "may be viewed as a kind of treasonous comment."

"Even for people who reject Islam religiously, many still identify them with the religion culturally, even if they aren't religious," Fadel said.

According to Rabb, the idea for punishing apostasy stems from medieval times, when your religious affiliation was the basis for your citizenship. Renouncing your faith was also announcing your intent to no longer regard yourself a citizen of that community - in effect, treason.

But as time went on, your religious affiliation is no longer closely tied to your citizenship. "Now, we have an era of territory-based citizenship," Rabb wrote.

"The problem in the modern period is that contemporary states apply medieval rules in unreflective ways that do not often match the classical Islamic legal tradition to which they are trying to adhere," wrote Rabb.

But Lombardi points out that Iran is formally known as the Islamic Republic of Iran and "being Muslim is part of full citizenship in Iran." Though he couldn't speak for the Iranian justice system, he said there are two grounds for which Iran could give to put Nadarkhani to death for apostasy.

"One of them would be to say traditionally in Shiite Islam, people have interpreted the scripture for apostates to be put to death," Lombardi said. "The other one is that people who apostatize have committed a sin and they are real threat to the Muslim community and as a threat, they are punishable as someone who is a traitor to the country."

The website islawmix, a project through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, was created to be an authoritarian voice on the nuances in Islamic law.
Made up of 13 scholars and founded by Rabb, along with Umbreen Bhatti and Kaizar Campwala, the website looks to connect "news readers, media producers, and legal scholars with credible, authoritative information about trends in Islamic law."

Bhatti, a practicing civil rights lawyer, said the nuances of Islamic law are not unique; the same sort of nuanced opinions are regularly found in American law.

"The reality is the 13 scholars on our sites could give you a variety of different responses," Bhatti said. Islamic law has a "rich legal tradition and it is important for us to not convey something definitive or to suggest there is one answer."

The overriding opinion of each scholar was simple - the complication of Islamic law makes it somewhat difficult to predict what Iran will do.

Lombardi recalled a story in Afghanistan, where a man's neighbors hauled him to court for leaving Islam.

"The judge takes a look and says this person is an apostate and therefore the crime should be putting them to death," Lombardi said. "But then the judge said, Islam is such great religion, you could have to be crazy to have to convert from Islam. And therefore, I think this person should get off on ground of insanity."

Moral of the story, according to Lombardi: "There are all sorts of grounds for pardoning someone."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Iran • Islam • Islamic law

soundoff (638 Responses)
  1. vince

    'nuances' is just another way of saying appologetics. some people want to be sheeple and be told by a book how to live, love and work because the concept of humanism just doesn't seem to apply. i think the whole idea that laws are based on a medieval text from a different era are outrageous - especially when people go out of their way to try desperately to bend them to modern society. a healthy dose of scepticism, self-criticism and science always seem to be missing from the arguments of sharia supporters.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  2. hesalive

    Satan hates it when people meet Christ.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Anon

      Mr. Brain gets sick with Jesus-juice.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  3. Hugo

    The Pope could step in to moderate religious tolerance among states; whether one is Catholic or not.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  4. Max

    The Israeli government allows Muslems in Israel to worship in mosques. The USA allows people to convert and worship (relatively) freely. Many Islamic countries forbid Jewish temples and Christian churches, and some apparently execute converts. Which of the above mentioned is not the religion of peace, love and tolerance?

    Why do some people complain so bitterly over treatment in US and UK, while condoning or ignoring the actions of their brethren in the Arab world? Dear Muslem friends, if you want to talk the talk, you better be ready to walk the walk.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  5. coder

    wither there is a god or not hasn't been proven to me – but as long as man thinks he knows the will of a god, humans are in danger – and that seems contridictory to the generalized message of any religion.... Too many people touting their god is the one, even murdering people because they think differently – whatever god is, i dont want anything to do with murder, nor do i care to be around those types... whatever god is, i wasnt put here to pay taxes, be a slave or abid by anyone's dogma

    October 8, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • hesalive

      Jesus Christ is alive. You will be judged by how you respond to him. He makes life exponentially better in the here and now and you don't want to leave the earth without him.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  6. Chris

    If everyone would just convert to Christianity, than all of our problems would disolve. There wouldn't be any war, because everyone would be friends. Than the lord jesus really would be the true saviour.

    October 8, 2011 at 12:10 am |
    • Anon

      It everyone deconverted from the abrahamic desert blood cults then maybe there would be finally peace on this planet.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:17 am |
    • :)

      abrahamic blood cults lol I love it

      October 8, 2011 at 12:27 am |
  7. Adam


    October 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
    • André

      What kind of animal would do that to a child ?????

      October 8, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  8. Do as I say, not as I do

    "... because the Quran is not the only source of Islamic law." Meaning that they'll shop around and find some obscure writing that allows them to do whatever they want to, depending on the situation. Great religion.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Surely you don't mean to imply that no other religion has not behaved similarly? I'll leave it to others to provide examples – I bet 10 are provided within the next 24 hours.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Luigi

      So, you read the 5th paragraph and not the 6th or 7th?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  9. HotAirAce

    So, are there more versions of islam than there are of christianity?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
    • Anon

      And all equally contradicting and crazy at the same time.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  10. ProudMuslim

    To all Islam and Muslim haters,

    You can spew your hatred as much as you want to but it will not stop your neighbor, son, daughter, friend, relative or your near and dear ones from reverting back to Islam. You know why because Islam is the truth and truth shall always prevail. Despite all your negative comments and biased media reports, Islam continues to be the fastest growing religion in the world. Why? Why? Why? I guess Muslims must be going around with the sword forcing people to revert or is it becauuse it's the truth. Anyone who has studied Islam objectively will never reject it. Is it your turn yet?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Anon

      Up yours mustard.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • tetra3

      Nope, not ready to covert to terroist , err, I mean muslim just yet

      October 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • ProudMuslim

      Anon, despite our differences, I actually like you.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Bob

      Hmmmm, so why is every Islamic country such a craphole of poverty, violence, and despair? And every Protestant Christian country thriving?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • Anon

      Let your Muslim women take off ANYTIME their headscarfs or burkas without any threats of violence.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm |
    • MIKE

      Kia is the worlds fastest growing car company in quite some time, that doesn't mean its a good product. I suppose if everyone were converting to hindu, you would be hindu as well? Can you even hear what you are saying? You've done nothing but push me further away from Islam, Proud Muslim.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • Doug

      The guilty always claim to be innocent, and the liars always claim to tell the truth. Only action reveals the real truth. We constantly hear about how peaceful Islam is – in stark contrast to the truth of the actions committed on its behalf. It seems like the only time a Muslim finds the courage to speak a truth that reconciles with their actions is just before they hit the detonator switch. In that moment, the hatred THEY feel is exposed, and the TEACHINGS they grew up with comes out in the form of honesty about how they behave and what Islam has really taught them to feel about others. Until that time, it is hidden in a cowardly shell that says one thing, but does another.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
    • dljr60

      @Proud Muslim, in fact there are numerous reports, including my first hand experience, where Islamists have surrounded a church and demanded that the people convert or die. I know Christianity has historically committed this form of conversion as well. However, that does not make this approach valid. Is God not the ultimate judge? Then why not let Him be judge and not Sharia and its many, crude interpretations?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
    • sANITY

      You must think you are absolutely right. That is is what all crazy brainwashed people think. In your opinion it is OK to convert from another religion to Islam but not OK to convert from Islam to another religion.
      This is why people hate Islam so much, and for all those idiots to claim that Islam is fastest growing religion. I know muslims who tell me they hate Islam but cannot make it public out of fear...and that is in Canada. Im muslim countries people stay muslim because they don't want to die. If Islam is so good, why have laws that punish people from leaving? It is because they know if the people were free to convert, Islam would loose a whole bunch of muslims to other religions.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Rosstrex

      While I admire your faith... Sadly I must say that I have researched Islam extensively and it is anything but truth. Every single Islamic State has imprisoned men like this of all faiths even other Muslims. That alone should indicate that Mohammed did not bring the final revelation. Mohammed was a warlord that found the only way to unite the desert tribes around Mecca..... Faith, he used Faith like every other warlord before and after to inspire his followers to kill and die for him. It is that simple, Mohammed was so successful that the Caliphates that came after him had "scolars" write the Koran so they could monopolize and maintain the control of the faithful that Mohammed created.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
    • Anon


      October 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • ProudMuslim

      My sis-in-law who wears the Hijab is taking a french language course and one of her classmates is a Colombian girl. One day the Colombian girls says to my sis-in-law, "I like the way you cover your head" and takes the scarf that was around her neck and wraps it around her head like the hijab. My point is that women are not forced to cover their head. They like to have their head covered it gives them dignity. Why did this Colombian girl want to cover her head? Did my sis-in-law tell her to do it or maybe I went there and forced her.

      BTW, many females in my family do not cover their head. I don't like it but it's up to them. I can only try to persuade them. Thye will have to answer to God. Have you seen Mary, the mother of Jesus, bare headed?

      October 8, 2011 at 12:03 am |
    • ProudMuslim

      Why haven't the millions that have immigrated to the west converted to other religions? In fact it's the western people who are flocking to Islam especially women. 65% of new reverts are women.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • Ozryal

      I have and emphatically reject it has "the truth"................

      October 8, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Anon

      Gee I wonder why, ah that's right, you people threaten women with violence if they take of their headscarf or burka. Sadly Muslim women are suffering from Stockholm syndrome to do anything about that.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • :)

      your right proudmuslim, sometimes it is a choice, but not always. And yah some of the head dresses or scarves that muslims wear are quite nice, some of them have really cool patterns on them, I'd like to make some designer underwear with those patterns. But at the end of the day those muslim ladies would look far better with their scarves off and their pretty hair blowing in the wind

      October 8, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • ProudMuslim

      'Stockholm Syndrome". That's a good one Anon but I know you smarter than that. Look at my previous post about the Colombian girl. This Colombian girl was wearing a cross around her neck also.

      Anyone looking for the truth who studies Islam objectively without any hidden agendas will not reject it.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:26 am |
    • Doug

      ProudMuslim's story about her "sis-in-law" is so twisted as an example that I fear that she might have her scarf on too tight.

      The lack of reciprocation is one thing that many religions share. They proclaim themselves the "righteous" ones with an absolute and direct tie to God. They demand that all people who don't believe the same way they do will go to hell (and in Islam's case, will offer a quick means to get there). They push their morals and religion to everyone as the "one way", but refuse to allow that way to be tested in any manner except blind obedience and perfect agreement in all matters.

      The refusal to allow others to exist in their world is a symptom of the diseased thinking being applied. Their religion is *perfect*, yet it cannot stand on it's own and must be protected from any intrusion by all who believe. It is so fragile that even a parody of their prophet is grounds for death. It is all about peace, of course – and they are willing to kill all non-believes to achieve that peace.

      Gee, I'm almost sold on it myself... where do I sign up, and do I have to buy my own plastic explosives?

      October 8, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • kussummak

      Fool, your pride makes you blind. There is no choice to think freely in muslim countries or to talk about other religions so it is clearly NOT a choice if you are born and live there. It is only a choice in non-muslim countries.
      This guy is supposed to die for leaving Islam. You must be very proud of that, congratulations. Please pass the message to his family that they should be proud of his death also.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • :)

      @ proudmuslim
      yah everyone who wears a cross around their neck is a practising christian.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:34 am |
    • Doug

      Correction – they are not "willing" to kill all non-believers, they are *OBLIGATED* to kill all non-believers – as told by multiple scriptures, interpretations, and broadcasts by officials/leaders of their faith.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:35 am |
    • ProudMuslim

      Doug, we'll supply the explosives for you but don't tell anyone else cause they'll want the same special treatment. Just kidding bro. There are so many non-Muslims living in Muslim countries. Generally, No one is ever killed just because they are non-Muslim but other reasons may lead people to do it just like it happens in the west also. Iran is so anti-Israel but there are Jews living in Iran. Al-Qaida is always made to seem that it wants to kill all Christians but there are so many Christians in Pakistan. Why haven't they been killed since Al-Qaida has so much support in Pakistan. Please do not make baseless statements because it just makes us seem ignorant and stupid.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:41 am |
    • ProudMuslim

      About 3 weeks ago a Romanian woman with a doctorate in Mathematics showed up at our mosque asking about the prayer times. She told me since she is a Mathematician she likes everything to be logical and Islam is a very logical religion thereby she reverted back to Islam. This is an educated women. Now, why would a woman revert to Islam considering how Islam is protrayed as being oppressive to women?

      October 8, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Anon

      Because they're indoctrinated since toddlers not to question Islam.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • SM

      " Islam continues to be the fastest growing religion in the world. Why? Why? Why?"

      Because muslims keep making more babies than non-muslims.

      October 8, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  11. neo

    In Egypt the Salafists are now burning homes and churches, kidnapping little girls from the streets.
    I guess all the athiests are congratulating themselves that they are insulated from all of that. Right? Wrong! Prayers are now on the streets in France, and the continent is watching for the name of Allah. It will soon come to your neighbourhood.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  12. Reality


    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Beleiver

      It would be nice if you check your facts before embarking on to wasting public space like this. The prophet never fasted in a cave or any where before he started receiving revelations, he was actually commanded/learned after he started practicing and spreading the message. Neither there is any thing like "77 branches" of faith.
      Unfortunately the space is limited here to educate you, but there are resources to help people like you, get some help, you need it very badly.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:40 am |
    • Reality

      "he 77 Branches of Faith (Islam)is a collection compiled by Imam Al-Bayhaqi in his work Shu`ab al-Iman. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true faith (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and prophetic sayings. [1] [2]

      This is based on the following Hadith ascribed to Prophet Muhammad :

      Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet said: "Iman has more than 70 branches. The most excellent among these branches is the saying of "Laa ilaaha ill Allah" (there is no god but God), and the smallest branch is to remove an obstacle from the wayside. And Haya (modesty) is an important branch of Iman." [20]

      1.^ Farāhī, Majmū‘ah Tafāsīr, 2nd ed. (Faran Foundation, 1998), 347.
      2.^ Frederick M. Denny, An Introduction to Islam, 3rd ed., p. 405

      "In the Cave of Hira’ (the legend continues)

      When Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] was nearly forty, he had been wont to pass long hours in retirement meditating and speculating over all aspects of creation around him. This meditative temperament helped to widen the mental gap between him and his compatriots. He used to provide himself with Sawiq (barley porridge) and water and then directly head for the hills and ravines in the neighbourhood of Makkah. One of these in particular was his favourite resort — a cave named Hira’, in the Mount An-Nour. It was only two miles from Makkah, a small cave 4 yards long and 1.75 yard wide. He would always go there and invite wayfarers to share him his modest provision. He used to devote most of his time, and Ramadan in particular, to worship and meditation on the universe around him. His heart was restless about the moral evils and idolatry that were rampant among his people; he was as yet helpless because no definite course, or specific approach had been available for him to follow and rectify the ill practices around him. This solitude attended with this sort of contemplative approach must be understood in its Divine perspective. It was a preliminary stage to the period of grave responsibilities that he was to shoulder very soon. [Rahmat Al-lil'alameen 1/47; Ibn Hisham 1/235,236; Fi Zilal Al-Qur'an 29/166]

      At-Tabari and Ibn Hisham reported that Muhammad left the cave of Hira after being surprised by the Revelation, but later on, returned to the cave and continued his solitude. Subsequently, he returned to Mecca. At-Tabari reported on this incident, saying:

      "After mentioning the coming of the Revelation, the Messenger of Allah said: "I have never abhorred anyone more than a poet or a mad man. I can not stand looking at either of them. I will never tell anyone of Quraish of my Revelation. I will climb a mountain and throw myself down and die. That will relieve me. I went to do that but halfway up the mountain, I heard a voice from the sky saying ‘O Muhammad! You are the Messenger of Allah and I am Gabriel.’ I looked upwards and saw Gabriel in the form of a man putting his legs on the horizon. He said: ‘O Muhammad You are the Messenger of Allah and I am Gabriel.’ I stopped and looked at him. His sight distracted my attention from what I had intended to do. I stood in my place transfixed. I tried to shift my eyes away from him. He was in every direction I looked at. I stopped in my place without any movement until Khadijah sent someone to look for me. He went down to Mecca and came back while I was standing in the same place. Gabriel then left, and I went back home. I found Khadijah at home, so I sat very close to her. She asked: ‘Father of Al-Qasim! Where have you been? I sent someone to look for you. He went to Mecca and returned to me.’ I told her of what I had seen. She replied: ‘It is a propitious sign, O my husband. Pull yourself together, I swear by Allah that you are a Messenger for this nation.’ Then she stood up and went to Waraqa and informed him. Waraqa said: ‘I swear by Allah that he has received the same Namus, i.e. angel that was sent to Moses. He is the Prophet of this nation. Tell him to be patient.’ She came back to him and told him of Waraqa’s words. When the Messenger of Allah finished his solitary stay and went down to Makkah, he went to Waraqa, who told him: ‘You are the Prophet of this nation. I swear by Allah that you have received the same angel that was sent to Moses.’

      October 8, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  13. M-kell

    And a Perry supporter stated you shouldn't vote for Rommey because he's a Mormom and all Mormons are Cultist'! Are we so different?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • kimsland

      Burn in Hell
      Oh wait you're Christian
      Lets snakes bite you after you're dead.
      That'll learn yu

      October 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • Ian

      The difference is, they weren't calling for Romney's death because of he's a Mormon. So, uhm, yeah. There's a difference. Moron.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  14. ProudMuslim

    Is this another story like the story of Zeinab from Syria who was so "brutally behaded". Haven't you Islam and Muslim haters learned any lessons yet?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Chris

      Yes. I have learned that the Middle East is full of barbarians with a 12th century mindset and 20th century weapons. Bad combination.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • ProudMuslim

      And the West is so righteous! The West has done more killings and is responsible for more killings then the rest of the world combined.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • oldostritch

      So who was beheaded? Do you know? Sure it wasn't a relative of yours? i am sure she was related to someone and isn't a figment of our imaginations. In your case, however i am sure no one will want to admit being related to you.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:00 am |
    • MIKE

      There you go again, proudmuslim, spoutin off words as though they are the truth.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • JGG

      Did not Saddam kill hundreds of thousands of his own people, on the basis they were Shia Muslim? Does that make you proud? Tell me why that is so great....

      October 8, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • ProudMuslim

      @JGG. Please talk with proof. The US is responsible of 100s of 1000s of deaths thru sanctions and war on Iraq.

      October 8, 2011 at 1:03 am |
  15. Phil Senger

    I doubt that the folks who post at the website islawmix intend their site to be authoritarian in any sence of that word. Authoritative is the word that probably better expressses their intentions.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  16. kimsland

    I summon god to this Islamic kangaroo court (The outcome of a trial by kangaroo court is essentially determined in advance)
    God? god? Yoohoo god? Nope
    Oh well, he must busy today. Let him die (as per Christians understandings)

    Allah the greater moon god wins again
    And will continue to cause havoc until someone says, enough praying lets just get them.

    Atheists are allowed to sit back and watch this craziness unfold.
    We are seeing the demise of religion and it good riddance to it.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  17. Independent Mind

    All are doomed for eternity unless you completly surrender to the ulmightly Flying Spaghetti Monster! Behold HIM and his omnipotent nuddle appendage! Ye who believe in your false gods will suffer for eons upon eons unless you accept the meatball adorned pasta of all pastas! Pray for your salvation! The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster; Google it!

    October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Wanderer

      We don’t believe in ourselves who can save us? God! Then let God do his job.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
    • neo

      Don't you have shame in your bones? SOmeone is about to lose his life for what he believes in and you are mockig him. Would you be willing to lose your life for the nonsensical talking points fed to you by the likes of retards like Dawkin and Hitchens, and Harris, who are humiliated in all debates.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Wanderer

      Where did I say I wanted him to die? I wanted to show my respect to his belief that is like yours. I wish you had more realistic and practical mind.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  18. Jason Obromowitz

    He is being hanged for being a serial rapist. He is also a Christian. If they are related, that is not unusual.
    He is not worthy to live amongst Muslims and should be severly punished for his crimes against Christian
    and Muslim women. Just report the full story and it will make sense. Otherwise, this tripe is propaganda.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • dljr60

      Jason, you are foolish to believe the news and the propaganda coming out of Iran. Are you young or just naive?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  19. Bob

    Who cares about these Muslims and their stupid caveman beliefs?

    October 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Anon

      Who cares about these Christians and their stupid caveman beliefs?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • MIKE

      Who cares about these Jews, Christians or Muslims and their caveman beliefs? There is that better? I think so 🙂

      October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Anon

      Yea, screw the three Abrahamic desert blood cults.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • vahellbilly

      who cares about manmade, non-provable fairy-tales called religion?

      October 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
  20. Patricksday

    He came out of the Religious Closet in an Islamic country, thats like a Gay man coming out- its a deadly choice. Now he can hang on his own cross as Jesus did and accept his decision. This is no poster boy for a war with Iran. He made a choice and he can live with it.

    October 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
    • Anon

      He's gonna end up as another dead christard.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • MV

      It is not for you to judge, If he did the things the Iran government claims he has done then he needs a fair trail. To be put to death for the GOD you chose to follow is not what ANY GOD would want. This man is not being charged for rap and this government has not supplied one piece of evidience to support that claim. The plan truth is a man is going to DIE for the "crime" of believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God !!!!!!!!!!!

      October 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • Anon

      He's gonna die over a freaking myth AKA telephone game!

      October 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • RD

      @Anon, Mike, Bob, and everyone else in here who's sole purpose of posting is to harass about someone's beliefs

      If you don't believe in God or follow some sort of spiritual practice then fine. But please RESPECT the rights of others to believe what they want without harassment. Didn't your mother ever teach you that if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all? The fact that he is condemned to death because he wants to freely practice the religion he believes in is heart breaking. Everyone has the right to practice or believe whatever they want; whether that be Islam, Christianity, Jewish, etc... Shoot, if someone wants to follow a Satanic religion then let them. There is a reason why we (humans) have a unique aspect to ourselves, something called diversity. That word should not only represent the color of skin or what country we are from. It should mean one's beliefs as well. And you who what to ridicule people simply because of that diversity, well...it simply shows how truly ignorant you are.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • Anon

      I don't respect blatant stupidity. Especially the three Abrahamic desert blood cults.

      October 8, 2011 at 12:03 am |
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