Here’s a story that has me very worried, for reasons that should be obvious. Iran has sentenced a blogger to the death penalty for blasphemy for putting up Facebook pages that “insulted the Prophet Muhammad.” Because disrespecting a long-dead fake prophet is obviously a horrible crime.
According to an ‘informed source’, speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Soheil Arabi, 30, had kept eight Facebook pages under different names and admitted to posting material insulting to the Prophet on these pages.
Mr Arabi, who was arrested along with his wife in November last year by agents from the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is said to have written the “material without thinking and in poor psychological condition”.
Branch 75 of Tehran’s Criminal Court, under Judge Khorasani, found Mr Arabi guilty of insulting the Prophet, or “sabb al-nabi”, on 30 August.Article 262 of the Islamic Penal Code states insulting the Prophet carries a punishment of death, however, article 264 of the Penal Code says if a suspect claims to have said the insulting words in anger, in quoting someone, or by mistake, his death sentence will be converted to 74 lashes.
We really must find a way to build some kind of underground railroad for those who are threatened by what is essentially Muslim fascism to escape and come to where they are safe, not only for atheists but for Christians and other religious groups as well.