Iran cleric: Opposing supreme leader equals denial of God

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 6, 2010 14:10

TEHERAN — A senior Iranian cleric on Monday said opposing Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is equal to rejecting God.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as telling a conference in the southern city Shiraz that the principle of Velayat-e-Faqih — rule by Islamic clerics — should be considered as one of God's rulings on earth, and that "rejecting it is like denying God."

The comments were an unusually strong demand for public loyalty to the supreme leader, even from a hard-liner like Jannati, who heads the Guardian Council, a powerful clerical body. Iran's clerical rulers faced their biggest challenge following disputed presidential elections last year, prompting a fierce crackdown on pro-democracy protests.


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