Only a few days ago an Iranian was sentenced to death for insulting the prophet Mohammad. That person is still alive, and hopefully will be saved, but an execution was carried out today for “crime” of blasphemy. Mohsen Amir Aslani, a prisoner of conscience, was executed today. His crimes include “heresy”, “reinterpreting the Qur’an”, and “insulting the Prophet Jonah”. He used to run sessions of Qur’an interpretation, and in one of them he had said “Prophet Jonah didn’t actually survive in the whale’s stomach”, and this was considered criminal enough to execute him. The tragic part is that he was actually spared execution, but Sadegh Larijani, the head of the judiciary and a hardliner cleric, intervened personally and caused him to die.
The source is here, in Persian.
You know who’s scared right now? Yours truly.
UPDATE: When reacting to this horrible news, consider this too.