So, the wretchedly atavistic mullahs are planning another outrage against humanity? Despicable, horrible, maddening – but not at all out of atypical of religious fundamentalism, whatever its stripe. May I be candid? Of course I may: Don’t think for a moment that your favorite, tax-exempt place of worship doesn’t also harbor those would love to kill YOU, too, for actions they consider apostasy. America, much to their chagrin, however, just won’t let them. But an outright jeremiad here is not what’s needed. Not sure that human rights groups, with all due respect, will have much effect either. In fact, this poor man’s fate may be sealed. But, here, in the United States, we can at least be led to a single, inexorable conclusion by the ghastly actions of theocratic regimes like that of Iran: Religion has been—and will continue to be--the single-most monolithic impediment to human progress that one can envision. Worse than ignorance, which is curable, the religious fundamentalist is joyously immune to reason and implacably antipathetic to knowledge outside the narrowed scope of his/her tunneled vision. We can only hope traditional Darwinian processes will ultimately select them for extinction—in which case, we may visit their fossilized remains in museums. Much as we do with the dinosaurs and other relics from a bygone era.