We found nothing resembling the fatwa against men and women chatting.
In 2005, the NCRI played a major role in spreading unsubstantiated rumors of “gay executions” in Iran to a gullible Peter Tatchell and others.
They’ve been a recurrent source of alarmist rumor about Iran’s nuclear program, serving sometimes as a proxy and puppet for both the US and Israel to get their own versions out — but, as Patrick Cockburn writes about the “strange, highly disciplined, cult-like organisation,” The problem with the US-Iranian proxy war is that neither side quite controls their own proxies to the degree the other side imagines.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, had used “his own website” to issue a fatwa barring men and women from chatting together online, “given the immorality that often applies to this.” The story got retweeted by real human rights activists, like Suzanne Nossel, head of the PEN American Center: And by fake ones, like Ben Weinthal, paid to propagandize for an Iran war by the so-called Foundation for Defense of Democracies: Robert Spencer, the highly profit-making one-man Islamophobic road show, seized on it: And for some reason, the story seems to have been a big hit in Indonesia, where perhaps it allowed believers in a notoriously syncretic Islam to laugh at those crazy Iranians: Here’s my question, though: can be about anything.
It means any interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence issued by a qualified scholar, usually in response to a believer’s question.
(The NCRI’s website is apparently hosted in Michigan, in the US, but its clock seems to be set to the time of the NCRI’s Paris headquarters.) Next to come, it seems, was the giant Saudi news channel, which posted a story about the alleged fatwa on its English site at an unlisted time on January 7, and on its Arabic site at GMT (that would be about eight hours and fifteen minutes after the NCRI story, if all the times are correct).
It doesn’t mention the NCRI version, but my guess is that’s its source. Despite all the petro-funding it’s had only limited success — it comes in second to Al Jazeera even among Saudi viewers — but it’s becoming to the American right wing what the earnest Jimmy Olsens of Qatar are to certain US lefties: a convenient confirmer of prejudices.
The NCRI is a political mouthpiece for the (Me K, the People’s Mojahedin), an exile organization with the attributes of a cult that demands absolute loyalty from its members, enforces allegiance to its semi-deified leaders, and stands accused of extensive human rights abuses.
The Me K and NCRIhave long specialized in disseminating sensational fictions about Iran that capture public attention and create a propaganda storm.
So far as I can see, it comes from two sources, each with a reputation for misrepresentation and bias.
The first, apparently, was the website of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
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