The Iranian regime’s new repressive weapon: ‘Imamology.’
Among the positions he has held are Chairmanship of the Assembly of Experts to determine the future leader; irreplaceable secretary of the Guardian Council to approve presidential and parliamentary candidates; rejection and acceptance of parliament’s resolutions; and, until recently, chairmanship and membership in many national policy-making institutions, such as the secretary of the Islamic Propaganda Coordination Council, and the Headquarters for Revival of Good and Justice.
“We should do everything we can for the poor and those who are not in a good financial situation,” he said at a meeting of the Assembly of Experts in March 2021. “There will be people who do not have adequate food by the end of the year. We have performed a miracle if we can feed a hungry stomach. Our options are limited, but God has given us a task that fits within those constraints.”
These comments were so ridiculous that even the regime’s media could not remain silent. In response, the state-run Jomhouri Eslami daily wrote on March 10th, “We are not a poor country that considers feeding our people a ‘miracle.’ By the way, the miracle is that, despite having so much wealth, we are becoming poorer by the day.”
“Even though we’ve been talking about ethics and Islam for 43 years, records of embezzlement, immorality, depression and strife are rising,” they added. “It must be said that with all these resources, reaching absolute poverty is a reverse miracle, and it is even more miraculous that we are stressed to feed people. What have we really done?”
What they did is made clear in another sentence by this man. At the ceremony commemorating Khomeini’s death anniversary, he said next to his grave, “As the Imam was introduced to our generation, he was not introduced to the new generation.” Classes in ‘Imamology’ should be offered in our universities.”
Even this ridiculous speech was delivered in front of the regime’s media critics, which is self-explanatory. “Expectantly, in a decision-making system where a large part of them are clerics, they should look at this matter through the lens of their expertise,” the state-run Jamaran daily wrote on July 6. “That is, they will see that imposing inflationary and job-killing policies does not increase people’s devotion to religion and ethics. Don’t you see the changes that have occurred in society? Don’t you see what you’ve done to yourself and society?”