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Ahmadinejad allies charged with sorcery (Witchsmeller Pursuivant Alert)
The Guardian ^ | 5/5/2011 | Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Posted on 05/05/2011 2:57:39 PM PDT by mojito

Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".

The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: celebratediversity; iran; islam; khamenei; magic; napl; socery
Meanwhile, back in the 12th century.
1 posted on 05/05/2011 2:57:42 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

The fact that people will believe in things like this in 21st Century never fails to astound me.


2 posted on 05/05/2011 3:01:12 PM PDT by Abin Sur
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To: mojito

He turned me into a newt!


3 posted on 05/05/2011 3:03:00 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (What, if not a bagel and coffee, confirms the existence of a just and loving God?)
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To: mojito; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

4 posted on 05/05/2011 3:04:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: Artemis Webb

5 posted on 05/05/2011 3:06:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: mojito

Any Wiccans care to comment?


6 posted on 05/05/2011 3:16:31 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: mojito

Sounds more 8th century to me: bogus witchcraft charges were brought against St. John of Damascus by his political enemies in the court of the Caliph of Damascus. (It was one of those eras when Muslim rulers cared more for power, and therefore competence on the part of subordinates, than for Islam, so St. John was, for a while, the Grand Vizier.) He was accused of killing another Christian monk by witchcraft, which charge he rebutted by getting the monk to leave seclusion and come to the court.


7 posted on 05/05/2011 3:18:40 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: mojito

Awesome, a witch hunt hundreds of years after they were abandoned everywhere else except Africa. Full of win!


8 posted on 05/05/2011 3:18:55 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: mojito

9 posted on 05/05/2011 3:20:04 PM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: a fool in paradise


10 posted on 05/05/2011 3:24:29 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: mojito

The outhouse rats are turning on each other. They are a bunch of superstitious savages.


11 posted on 05/05/2011 3:25:00 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: mojito
Has he made any public appearances lately? I think he was assisted.
12 posted on 05/05/2011 3:30:47 PM PDT by mountainlion (America land of the free because of the Brave.)
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To: mojito
Abbas Ghaffari, "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds"

They caught him red-handed watching a bootleg Harry Potter DVD.

13 posted on 05/05/2011 3:34:36 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Abin Sur
Oddly enough, the arrested fellow seems to have a page at LinkedIn:

Abbas Ghaffari - Out of your network
Expert and a Member of Scientific board at Ministry of Jihad-e-Agriculture
Demographic info
Iran | Machinery

http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?fname=Abbas&lname=Ghaffari&keepFacets=Y&facet_G=ir%3A0&pplSearchOrigin=TSEO_SN&trk=TSEO_SN

What a lovely mix: Jihad and agriculture. These are strange times indeed.

14 posted on 05/05/2011 3:38:38 PM PDT by mojito
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To: Stillwaters; Pride in the USA

Eegads, these people are a billion man bunch of anachronistic weirdos!


15 posted on 05/05/2011 3:44:02 PM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: mojito

Did you send him an invitation?


16 posted on 05/05/2011 4:05:02 PM PDT by kenavi ("Anything that can't stand up to ribbing isn't worth much to begin with." Eric Idle)
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To: kenavi

I didn’t, only because he seems indisposed at the moment.


18 posted on 05/05/2011 4:19:53 PM PDT by mojito
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To: helloandgoodbye

19 posted on 05/05/2011 4:28:13 PM PDT by mas cerveza por favor
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To: mojito
Just when you think that middle east politics can't get any more unbelievable, you read this story.

Maybe Charlie Sheen (the warlock?) can get a job over in Iran, after all if he is half as powerful as he claims to be he could certainly tip the balance of power.

21 posted on 05/05/2011 5:13:46 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: helloandgoodbye
There is no such thing as “good magic.”

I agree...because there's no such thing as magic, period.

22 posted on 05/05/2011 5:15:54 PM PDT by Abin Sur
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To: helloandgoodbye
Do you believe in the Scriptures?

No.

24 posted on 05/05/2011 5:50:06 PM PDT by Abin Sur
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To: mojito

well they have to find SOMETHING so they can impeach Ahmadjinejad......lol


25 posted on 05/05/2011 6:37:51 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (I am keeping the faith, I have not finished my course and I am fighting for the good)
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To: Abin Sur

I’m not so sure about that. I personally have seen some things and experienced things that have no logical explanation.

But, for the most part, I think you’re right. People that call themselves magicians or wizards are usually just con artists.


26 posted on 05/05/2011 10:53:13 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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27 posted on 05/06/2011 5:24:27 AM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Abin Sur

People in the 21st century might be wise to not ignore such possible existence in the future.

Rev 9:13-16
(13) And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
(14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
(15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
(16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.


28 posted on 05/06/2011 5:32:09 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: mojito; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
o/~ I put a spell on you... o/~


29 posted on 05/06/2011 9:46:38 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We’ll give ‘em my coffee and call it a day.


30 posted on 05/06/2011 10:11:05 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Abin Sur
I agree...because there's no such thing as magic, period.

I have an Abin Sur voodoo doll, and I'm sticking a pin in it's head. Do you feel anything?
31 posted on 05/06/2011 10:18:32 AM PDT by ZX12R
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To: Darksheare

Black magic, coming right up.


32 posted on 05/06/2011 10:20:05 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: mojito
Djinns??

OH NOES!!!

33 posted on 05/06/2011 10:46:34 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra
Genies can pop their own corks?


34 posted on 05/06/2011 10:50:10 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Slings and Arrows

Here’s hoping that they put all their trust and confidence in magic and djinns to defeat us. I’d pay good money to see that.


35 posted on 05/06/2011 12:10:43 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Evil spirits and potions - our enemy is fighting with djinn and tonics.


36 posted on 05/06/2011 1:55:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

*snort* giggle LOL!

Here’s hoping that they keep it that way. ;-)


37 posted on 05/06/2011 1:58:26 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: mojito; ExTexasRedhead
"...Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds"..."

WHAT???

There is a reason that G_D gave the Atomic Bomb to the USA first! ..................................................................... FRegards

38 posted on 05/06/2011 7:53:25 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms .................. FRegards)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks mojito.
39 posted on 05/07/2011 8:35:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: aruanan; Slings and Arrows
Genies can pop their own corks?

They can go blind that way.

40 posted on 05/07/2011 11:51:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("If Eric Holder had his way, O-B-L would still be alive today." Thank you President Bush for Gitmo.)
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To: a fool in paradise

*snicker*


41 posted on 05/07/2011 12:55:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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