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Iran’s Presidential Advisors Jailed For Witchcraft

05-06-2011 by L. S. Carbonell

Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Some news stories are so absurd, they have to be true.

Twenty-five of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s advisors have been arrested and jailed for being “magicians” who have consorted with evil djins. One advisor, Abbas Ghaffari, was described by the Iranian news service Ayandeh as being “a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds.” Another advisor, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei was accused of being a “deviant current”within the president’s office.

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ahmadinejad has just been slam-dunked by the Ayatollah Khamenei. He was relying too heavily on Mashaei, who was advocating a greater distance between the state and the clergy. The Ayatollah’s first move was to reinstate an intelligence minister who Ahmadinejad can’t tolerate or work with. Ahmadinejad responded by taking an unscheduled 11-day vacation. Then, Ahmadinejad endorsed a documentary film that predicted the Hidden Imam Mahdi, a savior, would be appearing soon. This violates the conservative Shi’a belief that the Mahdi’s arrival cannot be predicted.

Sensing he might be taking things too far, Ahmadinejad cut his little vacation short, only to have his staff members hauled off to jail. Al-Naphathati Fi Al-Uquad, the practice of black magic, is punishable by beheading in a strict Sharia law culture.

Okay, you can break out the Voldemort jokes now.

 

 

 

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3 Responses to Iran’s Presidential Advisors Jailed For Witchcraft

  1. Pat Carbonell

    May 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    In its own way, suicide is “illegal” in most post-industrial societies. Attempted suicide, as it is an attempt to harm oneself, frequently results in involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation and treatment. Release can be days, weeks or years in coming, depending on the case and whether or not the patient has family or friends on the outside advocating for them. No trial, immediate incarceration.

  2. rolfen

    May 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Well, that happened in Saudi Arabia too, although not on such high profile persons. A Lebanese was jailed and risked death for sorcellery – he was a host of a weird TV show that ran on some obscure Satellite channel. He escaped death, but I’m not sure whether he’s still in prison.
    In Dubai, there is zero tolerance for drugs, and you will get thrown in jail if you try to commit suicide and fail. Suicide is illegal there!

  3. Pat Carbonell

    May 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    While I agree that at first glance this seems absurd, for any modern practicing witch it is not. It is a reminder that the Burning Times are but a heartbeat away for any of us. When the Church, landowners and an emerging medical profession needed to wean the populace from its reliance on its local wisewomen, they called them witches and dragged them to the stake or the gibbet. It is frightening that the same argument has been made to arrest this Ayatollah’s political/theological adversaries… and that they will be tried and judged in a Sharia court, where their guilt will be a forgone conclusion. The only mercy they face is that beheading is quicker than burning. May the gods grant them peace.