Peewee, This is really a new wrinkle from the usually despotic Iranian Islamic Shi'ite courts! Pray God it is not one of a kind, but that it will establish a precedent, for these they are sparing are Iranians who converted from Islam, which for 1,400 years (since Islam's inception in 610 A.D.), has received a death sentence.
"In a decision that is simply stunning to those who watch the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, a judge in Iran has acquitted nine Christians of charges that have kept them in jail for two years already.
"The judge decided there was "insufficient evidence" that the Christians acted against national security.
"The Christians, in fact, had only "worshiped in the house church in accordance with the teachings of Christianity," the court decided.
"Further, the faith teaches to live in “obedience, submission and support of the authorities."
"Open Doors USA, which monitors that persecution around the world actually, called it a "landmark" ruling.
"Islamic law also was quoted, in an instruction that judges interpret "any doubt in favor of the accused."
Wow, for whatever reason, they ignored their own Quar'anic teaching which they usually quote in such cases:
3:85 "Whoso desires another religion than Islam, it shall not be accepted of him; in the next world he shall be among the losers."
9:5 "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them."
60:4 "Hatred and Enmity shall reign between us until you believe in Allah alone."
Quran (8:39) – “And fight with them until there is no more fitna (disorder, unbelief) and religion is all for Allah.”
"The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)
"A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
"This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them."
"The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”