Iranian president's inner circle arrested for summoning djinns

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Fraying ties between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have led to a literal political witch hunt. Folks are getting djinned up (sorry) over rumors that the president's allies are summoning the bad guy from Wishmaster.

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Says the Guardian:

Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Several people said to be close to the president and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested in recent days and charged with being "magicians" and invoking djinns (spirits).

Ayandeh, an Iranian news website, described one of the arrested men, Abbas Ghaffari, as "a man with special skills in metaphysics and connections with the unknown worlds".

The arrests come amid a growing rift between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei which has prompted several MPs to call for the president to be impeached.

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Of course, these accusations aren't happening in a vacuum. Mashaei (Ahmadinejad's potential successor) has been critical of clerical involvement in politics, and Iran's clerics are accusing Ahmadinejad of producing a recent documentary predicting the immediate return of the Shia messiah figure Imam Mahdi.

But damn, djinns. Time to take a cue from Christine O'Donnell's playbook, Mahmoud.

[Artwork is "Juzam Djinn" by Mark Tedin, old school Magic: The Gathering players know what's up. Hat tip to SupaChupacabra!]

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DISCUSSION

As funny as it is to make fun of other cultures for being different then ours...it is important to note that there are strong theocratic elements in America that are a real threat to your liberties— Christine O'Donnell's ad wasn't a joke. Charges of witchcraft may seems silly but they are an actual political threat. Similarly, there is a real effort in America to target atheists...we've had what, one in Congress? Ever? Just think about that: atheists are discriminated against at an institutional level...for not believing in [insert cynical statements about Christianity here]. So before you sneer & look down your nose at another culture just because our society has co-opted their mythology for our pop culture horror flicks, take a look around at your own cultural context.

That sounds...really preachy. Sorry about that!