Following Pope's Example, Iranian Dissident Kisses Feet of Baha'i Boy

Iranian dissident, Mohammad Nourizad has blogged about kissing the feet of a 4-year-old Baha'i boy whose parents are in jail because of their faith.

On July 15, Mohammad Nourizad, a former hard-line conservative columnist turned dissident, kissed the feet of a 4-year-old Baha'i boy named Artin.

Nourizad posted a photo of the scene on his blog along with an account of the meeting. "I told Artin: 'My little boy, I apologize to you on behalf of all of those who, in these Islamic years, have made you and your [Baha'i] fellows face injustice.'"

Nourizad, who has previously been accused by some of political exhibitionism, suggested that by kissing the boy's feet, he was following the example of Pope Francis, who earlier this year kissed the feet of a young female Muslim prisoner.

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