Maximum tolerance Western style: Instagram blocks Leader’s account
Instagram has blocked the French account of Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Leader of the Islamic Revolution, following his message about the Islamophobic campaign in France.
The new French language account of the Leader’s website has now been launched at the address instagram.com/fr.khamenei.ir to replace the blocked page.
The previous account was blocked after it published the Leader’s short message on Wednesday addressing the youth in France.
In his message, which was also published in various other social media sites, the Leader suggested the young French people ask their President, Emmanuel Macron, why he supports insulting God’s Messenger and calls it ‘freedom of expression,’ but raising doubts about the Holocaust is a crime and anyone writing about such doubts will be imprisoned.
“Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially a sacred personage?” Ayatollah Khamenei asked.
“Isn’t this stupid act an insult to the reason of the people who elected him?”
Last Wednesday, Macron supported a French teacher’s displaying of cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad in his class. “France will never renounce caricatures,” Macron declared, defending the teacher for “promoting freedom.”
The teacher, Samuel Paty, was murdered by an 18-year-old Chechen assailant. Commenting on the attack, Macron described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide, trying to suggest that the assailant had been motivated to kill the teacher by the faith rather than radicalism.
Macron insisted on his position again on Sunday by tweeting, “We will not give in, ever.”
Ayatollah Khamenei called the French statesman’s insolence a “stupid act” that served to affront the reason of the very people, who have voted him to power.
The Leader, meanwhile, asked how come -- from France’s perspective -- questioning the Holocaust was “a crime” that warranted imprisonment while insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) could be condoned.
The French head of state’s effrontery opened the floodgates of backlash from Muslims around the world, with numerous Muslim states and peoples issuing condemnatory statements against Macron or rising in thousands-strong protests. Many Muslim companies and associations have also boycotted French items in protest.