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Published:October 12th, 2011 12:46 EST
A Plea to the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei

A Plea to the Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei

By Daniel Marsche

Assalamu alaikum, Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei:

I am writing in reference to the case that has been presented to you pertaining to the apostasy charges that are being leveled against Youcef Nadarkhani.  I will not presume for a moment that my counsel is any greater than that which you receive from your heads of state; however, I must implore you to take great consideration, when it comes to the matter of deciding his fate.

To begin, I am not a Christian; I am not a Muslim; I am not a Jew.  I am a citizen of the world.  I share the planet with you and Youcef Nadarkhani , and, as such, I find it is my obligation to write and ask you to spare his life. 

I realize that in accordance with Shari`a law, the sentence for apostasy is death, however, in this instance, I am asking you to take some very relevant matters into consideration before imposing such a sentence. 

The first issue that rises to the upper most level of concern in this matter is the fact that through Nadarkhani`s execution, you may wind up creating a martyr for the Christian populations of your country and spark an uprising within Iran that may be comparable to those that have arisen in both Egypt and Syria.  I believe I can confidently put forth that producing a martyr is probably counter-productive to your goals.

The second issue to consider is that there is great unrest in the United States pertaining to middle-eastern oil dependence.  Many Christian and non-religious delegates coming into office in the United States at this time are of the generation that is seeking to regain national independence.  A movement in the U.S. has already begun, which encourages Americans to buy only domestic products.  And the execution of a man, based upon his religious preferences, is not likely going to sit well with American consumers, who will soon have a greater choice, when it comes to choosing between gasoline and other bio-fuels to lubricate their engines and put their motor vehicles into motion.

The entire global community is in transition, and, while the progress of our nations and the futures of our individual countries will not be hinged upon the execution of Youcef Nadarkhani, the repercussions of his death may very well have a significant impact upon the world`s willingness to do business with a country, whose religious laws impede the abilities of a man to think freely and for himself. 

No man walks the face of this earth that can define or solve the mystery of life.  No man walks the face of this earth that might know from whence the miracle has come, because it is not for men to know.  We are given a miracle the moment we are born into this world; thus, we are each relevant to the all being.  And each of us is born to experience our lives to celebrate the miracle and mystery of life, not to define it, limit it or declare by what means a man shall be seen by his own God.

I implore you, Supreme Leader Sayyid Ali Khamenei, to spare the life of Youcef Nadarkhani and offer the world a glimpse at the more benevolent, forgiving and peaceful side of Islam.  There has already been enough blood shed.  There has already been enough pain.  Honoring life is honoring God.  It is He, after all, who created it. 


Assalamu alaikum,  

Daniel Tegan Marsche