Roger L. Simon

Dead letter office - Iranian division

There have been reports of clashes in Iran where a cleric is risking his life by protesting the “political religion” that has taken over his country since Khomeini. The cleric – Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeini Boroujerdi – is seeking a return to “traditional religion.”

“We believe that our nation is tired of political religion and they want to return to traditional religion,” Boroujerdi told Iran’s labor news agency ILNA on Saturday.

He said he had written to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, Pope Benedict and other leaders asking them “to make efforts to spread traditional religion”, ILNA reported.

Of those three, the only one with a hope of writing back would be Benedict.