From the Islamic Revolution to the Islamic Devolution
Amid the Middle East unrest, many Iranians are worried that similar radical Islamic regimes could arise in other countries of the region. Being one of the fastest-growing countries in terms of leaving Islam, hundreds upon hundreds of Iranian Muslims are secretly converting to Christianity, or are becoming atheists, due to the arrogance and brutality of the Islamic regime in Iran.
A few months before the 1979 revolution, the promise of a democratic government in Iran with which the clergy would not interfere and in which all people from various classes of society would be free and equal was kept alive by Ayatollah Khomeini in exile in France on October 25, 1978, while surrounded by western journalists.
Like a snowfall that commences with a few uncertain flakes, thickens gradually into flurries and then becomes a blinding blizzard, Ayatollah Khomeini, who made a variety of promises including social justice and freedom, gradually replaced the crown with a turban after the Shah’s regime fell, and opened an unprecedented chapter of religious dictatorship in Iran.
Speaking in God’s name, the ruling clergy in Iran has misused religion at the expense of the fundamental human rights of women, religious minorities and especially political dissidents. In a speech at Qom on August 30, 1979, Khomeini threatened pro-democracy activists with harsh punishment.
“Those who are trying to bring corruption and destruction to our country in the name of democracy, they are worse than Banu-Qurayza Jews, and they must be hanged.
We will oppress them by God’s order,” Khomeini told the Hawza clerics, at the Feyzieh Seminary of Qom. (...)