Tehran, Sept. 4, irna -- An english language daily Ssaturday
castigated a Persian daily for carrying a subversive article and
stressed that writers of such articles must remember that the Iranian
muslim nation will not only never tolerate such follies but that the
apostates will be given no opportunity to subvert the religion.
'Tehran Times' was referring to the article published by 'Neshat'
which called for abolishing the death penalty, claiming that the
capital punishment is no cure to maladies afflicting modern society.
Stressing that Islam is a comprehensive religion, the paper
added that it is also clear that the Islamic laws and principles
need interpretation by qualified individuals, the ulema, so that
they can be understood by all muslims.
However, it is unfortunate that sometimes some incompetent and
unqualified people voice or write their interpretations on certain
vital issues of Islam which are by no means in line with Islamic
laws and principles, regretted the paper.
''Neshat's article drew severe criticism from the theologians
and ulema, particularly the supreme leader ayatollah khamenei, who
in clear words warned that apostate journalists will be liable to
death penalty,'' noted the article in the opinion column of the
paper adding that the judiciary also promptly warned against any
acts or words that undermine the 'pillars of the Islamic revolution'.
Although the daily's management apologized to the nation for
publishing the article, the ministry of culture and Islamic guidance
must chart a mechanism for protecting religious values and
sanctities, highlighted the daily.
Besides, the onus is also on the judiciary to take firm measures
against apostate writers of such articles and prevent them from
hurting the religious sentiments of the nation, wrote the article in