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Two Grand Ayatollahs Issue Fatwas Against Quran-Burners

makaram-shirazi_nori-hamdaniTwo Grand Shia Ayatollahs issued fatwas calling for the killing of those who insult the Koran, including anyone who burns the Islamic holy book, the state-run Fars news agency reported.

No one was specified in the decrees, which were issued by Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi and Grand Ayatollah Hossein Nouri-Hamedani in response to questions asked by student groups from three universities in Tehran, Fars said. They said such an action against  any individual could only be carried out with the authorization of an Islamic religious judge.

A pastor from Florida planned to hold a Koran-burning event on Sept. 11 to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the U.S. Cleric Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center suspended and then canceled it.

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