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The short answer is lack of free speech - or, more accurately, the absence of freedom after speech. The state has a monopoly on public discourse, and intellectuals, whether they are religious, atheist or agnostic, are simply not heard. The mullahs in Qom, the holy city two hours drive southwest of Tehran, can dial the phone number of any revolutionary judge in Iran and order the persecution of anyone who dares to question the authorities and their divine agenda.
Originally posted by HimWhoHathAnEar
Sound's like you're really in awe of this guy!
You just don't seem to get it, that this guy doesn't speak for the Iranian people.
It would be like having the Pope and his Bishop's as the government of the United State's.
The only thing he's after is legitimacy on the world stage.
To give it to him is to slap the freedom seeking people of Iran in the face.