Just saying it seems impossible.
But Iranians are nothing if not geniuses at deconstructing problems and finding a solution.
I am by no means a
I can't even put genius on the same line as
But I can read. Especially I can read the two Constitutions of Iran, the one Khomeini put in place in 1979 when he stole the revolution out from under the people of Iran. And the second one Khamenei re-stole in 1989.
Iranians in 1979 had barely come together long enough to remove a tyrannical king, when Khomeini drove a wedge through them once again, and shattered their newfound courage and confidence by inserting his aberration version of Shiite Islam like shaft into their hearts.
The 1979 referendum drove the shaft deeper and was the seeming culmination of the sealed fate of Iranians. Until Khomeini finally and thankfully died.
Unfortunately at that time Iran was in an embarrassingly endless war with Iraq, and this time, the next opportunistic priest was Khamenei. Using the national emergency war powers, he edited the Constitution again in 1989, firming up the position of Supreme Leader into a full monarchy, and assigning it to himself for life. He then pointed all the useful organs of the state at him, bringing all armed forces and all other day to day decision making under his dark cloak of, well, what has essentially been nothing but the worst kind of darkness, that the Spanish Inquisition would be envious of.
To make his new law tamper-proof, Khamenei removed the most important part of any Constitution, the amendment rules. This eliminated ANY attempt to modify the Constitution by the people's representatives, since he also re-wrote the rues of what a popular vote is.
To seal this forever, and make any attempt to change it not only illegal, but blasphemous, he declared the new Constitution a "Perfect Document". This blessing (or curse) made it a sin to change Iran's new Constitution.
As we say in Persian, "…three tries, makes it a game…". To finally give his new abomination the slightest credibility he used the same coercive fear tactics that Khomeini had used in 1979 and issued a quick vote on it through another referendum, that once again the war-weary and shellshocked Iranian people, too afraid not to vote and risk being put on the same lists that Khomeini put executees and other enemies of the state on, in 1979, and everyone passed it with nary a whimper. So, both in 1979, and again in 1989 the Iranian referendums that religious rule derives almost all of its legitimacy were gained by the votes of fearful Iranians. Not free Iranians.
Which is the only reason Khamenei is in power today, and has so much of it.
If you, like me, knew this then shame on us for sitting around twiddling our thumbs since 1989 or 1979 if we want to be especially hard on our apathy. If this is news to you, but you now agree, and see this as an illegitimate act, good.
Because it was also technically illegal.
So, that is the opening preamble for removing religious rule from Iran.
How this gets done is now where the deconstruction part of the problem comes in. Or it becomes rather simple. But that is not to say it will be easy. It will be almost impossible. But it is probable. Just very low probability.
Warning: What you are about to read next is considered to be a felony crime in Iran.
[NOTE: In the following please do not mistake "remove" with "kill". In no way do I advocate ANY violence in this corrective action. As a human being, I have no right to, and simply I cannot condemn ANYONE to death.]
In order to remove religious rule from Iran, you have to remove Khamenei, and the position of Supreme Leader. The very design of putting all power in one body, is precisely it's biggest weakness.
Here's how to remove (not kill) the Supreme Leader:
"Someone" has to pull off a quiet emergency coup. This can be done now, or when Khamenei dies during the transition to a new Supreme Leader if he designates one.
"Someone" would have to place the Supreme Leader into protective custody, along with all members of the guardian and expediency councils.
They would next need to temporarily suspend the Constitution, and maintain control of the government, while free elections of the people of Iran's true representatives are elected to a new congress or Majles. These elections must be monitored and conducted by a foolproof, cheat-proof system, with international monitors and possibly even conducted by a neutral entity like the UN.
The new congress would then take on the process of re-writing a popular, proper, and above all separation of religion and state type secular constitution with all of the usual human, civil, and civic rights of a modern era.
This process would also re-define the government, president, minsters, and major organs of a modern state.
During this time, "Someone" would maintain control and order, handing off control after the new Constitution has been put in place.
The former Supreme Leader and former members of the councils would remain in protective custody, and if according to the new Constitution, they were found to have committed crimes against the state and people of Iran, would face those charges fairly in a court of law and be given every right to defend their actions.
Hopefully the new Iran would banish the death penalty, and all of these folks would live the rest of their lives in peace, and above all, quiet.