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Friday, May 8, 2020

Shiite Cleric on TV fed up with his religion "justify killing, crime, lying, stealing, violations of human rights..."

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This video shows a rare but present voice in the Muslim world that is often silenced under a blasphemy law.
Iraqi researcher Ghaith Al-Tamimi, who is a former Shi'ite cleric, said in a February 9, 2020 interview on Zagros TV (Iraqi Kurdistan) that religion and religious societies justify killing, crime, lying, stealing, and violations of human rights in a fashion that rational deduction has shown to be wrong and that non-religious systems do not tolerate.
He said that religion is the only context in which a person who kills another can be a mujahid or in which stealing from people by telling them they will go to Hell if they don't part with their property can be justified as gathering charity. He criticized religious institutions and countries, which he described as "drowning in corruption," and he argued that Shi'ites and Sunnis justify killing each other because of their religious beliefs. Saying that Shi'ites and Sunnis essentially believe in a different Allah, and that even Ayatollah Khamenei and Ayatollah Al-Sistani believe in a different Allah, Al-Tamimi asked who has the right to implement the things that Allah says in the Quran. Furthermore, he criticized religious scholars who "keep Allah in [their] pocket" and keep Him "in the background" in order to exercise personal authority, and he said that religious institutions should reform themselves before trying to reform society.