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Iran Cleric Ratchets Up Rhetoric Against Leaders
CBS News ^ | July 13, 2009

Posted on 07/13/2009 9:17:05 PM PDT by nuconvert

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, the senior dissident cleric in Iran's religious establishment, has issued his harshest condemnation of the Islamic Republic's leadership since the disputed June 12 election.

Mondtazeri (at left) never names Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei directly in his remarks, but he has long been an outspoken opponent of both Khamenei and the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Montazeri says "those who have lost, religiously and reasonably, the credibility for serving the public, are automatically dismissed, and the continuation of their work has no legitimacy."

The Grand Ayatollah also says Iranians have a religious right and duty to protest their leaders, if those leaders violate the tenets of Islam by usurping power.

"People must express their opinion about the illegitimacy and lack of their approval of their performance, and seek their dismissal through the best and least harmful way. It is clear that this is a societal duty of everyone, and all the people, regardless of their social positions and according to their knowledge and capability, must participate in this endeavor, and cannot shirk their responsibility."

Montazeri's comments, which came in the form of answers to questions posed by one of his former pupils, were reported by the new, independent, Web-based news outlet Tehran Bureau. He issued the statements as Islamic "fatwas," or religious decrees.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ayatollah; grandayatollah; iran; montazeri
Grand Ayatollahs Bayat Zanjani, Montazeri and Saanei along with Ayatollah Taheri have all spoken out against the election results and regime corruption and the violence the regime has used against the protesters. Fatwas have been issued against the regime's actions.

Now, the regime is accusing Montazeri of memory loss and Alzheimer's. His reply says that he is fine and he recites a persian proverb that essentially means "you have Alzheimer's yourself'" . LoL

1 posted on 07/13/2009 9:17:08 PM PDT by nuconvert
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pong


2 posted on 07/13/2009 9:18:37 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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pong


3 posted on 07/13/2009 9:21:38 PM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

Quite a bit of “usurping” going around these days.


4 posted on 07/13/2009 9:35:07 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: nuconvert

Now, the regime is accusing Montazeri of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Ah the “Palin” treatment.
It doesn’t work here, it won’t work there.


5 posted on 07/13/2009 9:38:17 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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A page right out of the Obama book. Same thing they suggested about that Inspector General.


6 posted on 07/13/2009 9:42:42 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: nuconvert

Good. We need more of them to speak out.


7 posted on 07/13/2009 9:53:46 PM PDT by StilettoRaksha
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additional:
Montazeri says "those who have lost, religiously and reasonably, the credibility for serving the public, are automatically dismissed, and the continuation of their work has no legitimacy."

The Grand Ayatollah also says Iranians have a religious right and duty to protest their leaders, if those leaders violate the tenets of Islam by usurping power.

"People must express their opinion about the illegitimacy and lack of their approval of their performance, and seek their dismissal through the best and least harmful way. It is clear that this is a societal duty of everyone, and all the people, regardless of their social positions and according to their knowledge and capability, must participate in this endeavor, and cannot shirk their responsibility."

Montazeri's comments, which came in the form of answers to questions posed by one of his former pupils, were reported by the new, independent, Web-based news outlet Tehran Bureau. He issued the statements as Islamic "fatwas," or religious decrees.

8 posted on 07/14/2009 3:57:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: nuconvert

Thanks for the pong

More and more clerics seem to denouncing the “election” results. A divided house can’t stand....


9 posted on 07/14/2009 7:16:40 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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