Iranian cleric calls for killing of “apostate” rap artist

The fact that I can still regularly find these kind of stories in the god damn 21st Century is far too ridiculous to mention.

A Shi’ite cleric based in Qom, Iran, has issued a death sentence against rapper Shahin Najafi this week, on the charge of apostasy.

This is due to a song he released entitled “Naqi” which is, apparently, a reference to Imam Naqi, the tenth Imam of Shi’ite Islam.

For those who are unsure of what apostasy entails, wikipedia defines it as “the formal disaffiliation from or abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person.”

Now, I’ve been unable to find the track in question, and, it being in Persian anyway, I can’t really make a judgement as to whether or not this song is particularly blasphemous or offensive or whatever.

But come on guys. I mean, really? In this day and age?

Please guys, no one throw any stones just yet… not even if someone says Jehovah, ok?

Cross posted from the Pure Tune blog.

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