Iranian Man Burns Quran in Viral Protest

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Supporters of the reform candidate in Iran’s 2009 presidential elections. His defeat in a questionable election sparkled the Green Revolution, the last protest movement in Iran. (Photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iranian man filmed himself burning a copy of the Quran in protest against the religion and the country’s clerical establishment. Since being filmed the clip has gone viral and been shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook.

Watch the clip below:

Protests have been raging across Iran in dozens of cities throughout the country. Protesters are demanding economic change and have chanting anti-regime slogans including “Death to Rouhani.” Meanwhile, banners of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been ripped down by protesters.

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In Iran blasphemy of this sort carries the death penalty.



Editorial note: While Clarion supports protest against blasphemy law and opposes the Islamic Republic of Iran, we do not endorse book burning in general, especially not burning books considered sacred. While such a protest may be appropriate in Iran, where a clerical regime controls every aspect of life, it would be an act of anti-Muslim bigotry to burn the book in a Western country. However, under the First Amendment it is legal to burn books that one owns. 



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