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09/04/99
Tehran Times: Apostates must be punished
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 conclusion.

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