Legal prohibition of insult against true religions needed - Iranian speaker
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in his Christmas congratulation letter sent for his Christian counterparts here Monday called for legal prohibition of insult against divine religions and holy prophets, IRNA reported.
Congratulating the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ to the Christian countries' parliament speakers, parliament members and honest followers of the Christianity, Larijani called Jesus Christ as the prophet of justice and salvation, noting that world people who have inclination toward religious teachings and divine values can not tolerate more and continued insults against the prophets of divine religions by extremist groups under the pretext of freedom of speech.
'Increasing tensions and unrests in the international community by provoking cultural misunderstanding among nations with various cultural identities is the motive behind insults against the prophets of divine religions; all divine prophets invited the human beings to justice, morality, monotheism and peace and urged them to live with each other in peace and to work for the others' comfort and progress.'
The Iranian Islamic Parliament Speaker underlined that the international community should not allow some minute minorities to threaten the world security by insulting the joint history, beliefs and cultural feelings of nations under the pretext of freedom of speech.
'Undoubtedly, achieving the human ideals would be possible only through logical discourse without satire.'
Larijani pointed to the countries' parliaments' responsibility toward followers of various divine religions and underlined that Iranian parliament is ready to confer bilaterally or multilaterally with other partners on the issue.
The Majlis Speaker has in the message congratulated the entire world Christians and his Armenian countrymen on the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ and the onset of the Christian New Year.
He has in the message also congratulated the Iranian nation and all Christians across the world on the auspicious birth anniversary of the Great Prophet of Justice and Spirituality.
The Majlis Speaker has also wished the Iranian Armenians and Christians worldwide a happy and successful New Year.
Insulting the prophets of divine religiouns is widespread in the West. In latest rounds of such insults, a US film maker insulted Muslims' Prophet Mohammad. The film called 'Innocence of Muslims', previously called Desert Warriors and Innocence of Bin Laden, is a 2012 anti-Muslim movie which insults Muslims' Prophet Mohammad. The film has been financed by more than 100 Jews and produced by an American-Israeli man in the US.
Days after this US-made film which sparked widespread outrage in the Muslim communities around the world, a French weekly Charlie Hebdo, too, published insulting cartoons of Prophet Mohammad.