May 06, 2004


Iranian Hashem Aghajari dares the fundamentalists:

A university professor has decided not to appeal a reinstated death sentence, effectively challenging Iran's hard-line judges to execute him for criticizing clerical rule, his lawyer said Tuesday.

The original sentence came after the Hamedan court convicted Aghajari of insulting Islam and questioning the rule of the clerics in a speech he gave to students in the province. In the new finding, the court convicted Aghajari of apostasy, or the betrayal of Islam.

Fellow brave dissenter Michael Moore can relate:

I would have hoped by now that I would be able to put my work out to the public without having to experience the profound censorship obstacles I often seem to encounter.

The whole story behind this (and other attempts) to kill our movie will be told in more detail as the days and weeks go on. For nearly a year, this struggle has been a lesson in just how difficult it is in this country to create a piece of art that might upset those in charge.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 6, 2004 12:43 AM

Yeek. My prayers are with Hashem. That takes some serious nerve.

Posted by: Sortelli at May 6, 2004 at 12:52 AM

Would it be mean to wish the situations above, were reversed? Since Mikey is so determined to make even more millions for himself by distributing a movie that Disney warned all along would not be distributed - surely that's a life or death situation for him, right?

After all, he claims to speak for the poor, and what could demonstrate his solidarity with them than a stint on death row while the fate of his movie gets decided?

If the situations were switched, Hashem would then face no more pressing dilemma than what clothing he wants to pack for the Cannes Film Festival...

Posted by: Kimberly at May 6, 2004 at 01:00 AM

Hey Mike ,
Censorship is a government function. Your "struggles" and "difficulties" are heartwrenching. Maybe you can self-produce your piece of "art" in a more enlightened country such as Cuba or North Korea. Their leaders don't seem to mind satirical pieces of art like yours or whimsical practices of those fun-loving librarians or wacky families .

Posted by: BC at May 6, 2004 at 01:01 AM

Sorry for the duplicate link. You can find out the North Korean version of Disneyworld here .

Posted by: BC at May 6, 2004 at 01:05 AM

That he is free to cobble together such a hodge-podge of leftist agitation, half-truths and outright lies into a cohesive smear; the only true purpose of which is to besmirch the reputation of President Bush and his family is - I think - sufficient evidence in of itself that Mike doesn't yet know what big words like oppression and censorship really mean.

Posted by: Mike Jericho at May 6, 2004 at 01:14 AM

I read this:

The whole story behind this (and other attempts) to kill our movie will be told in more detail as the days and weeks go on. For nearly a year, this struggle has been a lesson in just how difficult it is in this country to create a piece of art that might upset those in charge.

And consider the irony considering the problems the director / producer of Michael Moore Hates America is having getting Mr. Moore to sit down for an interview and getting his film finished and distributed.

Posted by: Mythilt at May 6, 2004 at 01:20 AM

Fat boy wouldn't know art if he stumbled over it, dusted it off and ate it.

Posted by: Latino at May 6, 2004 at 01:34 AM

If Moore is having so much trouble finding someone to produce his movie, why doesn't he produce it himself? Mel Gibson did just that with _The Passion of the Christ_ (another "piece of art that just might upset those in charge"--those in charge in Hollywood, that is).

Or maybe Fat-Boy knows his movie will be a box-office turkey, and he doesn't want to get stuck with the bill. What a shame--he has such a vitally important message (sarcasm mode off), but no-one will hear it because he won't put his money where his mouth is.

Posted by: Peter the Not-so-Great at May 6, 2004 at 01:45 AM

What movie is he trying to produce? How I Made An Ass Of Myself and Learned To Hate The World?

Posted by: Rebecca at May 6, 2004 at 02:50 AM

Hey, Rebecca! He could get that one financed. I'd pony up a few bucks, as I'm sure would others, assuming the title actually reflected the content.

Posted by: JorgXMcKie at May 6, 2004 at 04:17 AM

The film is called Moore for Moor's. In recognition of Spain's recent capitulation.

Posted by: Rob Read at May 6, 2004 at 04:20 AM

In some ways they are alike. Ahagjari has stones the size of Texas. Mike has a swollen liver the size of a building in Texas.

Posted by: Hudson at May 6, 2004 at 06:03 AM

My god, I admire this man's courage.

Posted by: Zayphar at May 6, 2004 at 08:16 AM

Moore's idea of martyrdom starts at being denied the 12th doughnut.

Posted by: fidens at May 6, 2004 at 09:50 AM

hey Rob Read,

it's really "Moore for Moops" It's Moops I say!

(seinfeld reference)

Posted by: Junia at May 6, 2004 at 10:39 AM

Michael Moore = Bubbleboy

On the other hand, I am happy that Moore was able to smuggle himself and his latest production out of the North Dakota Gulag and both will be appearing to the usual froggy crowd in Cannes.

Posted by: Larry at May 6, 2004 at 10:58 AM

In this case, Art truly being a relative term.

Piece of Art? Piece of ________. (Your favorite descriptive adjective here.)

Posted by: joe at May 6, 2004 at 02:09 PM

The reaction from the Brigade of leftoid peace lovers - except when it comes to dmeonstrations in the city, Amerikka is Evil and Islamo-fascists are really nice guys, and birkah wearers like Hutcheons, Chirsitianty is polpotian communism clerics, we are all one U.N.ers, is silence.

Posted by: d at May 6, 2004 at 03:48 PM

This is all just a great big publicity stunt. And, Fat Boy is laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Reid at May 6, 2004 at 04:03 PM