Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pastor in Iran to be executed for his belief in Christ

The ACLJ is asking all concerned citizens to sign a petition to Hillary Clinton for help in sparing the life of a pastor guilty of embracing Christianity.

Embracing Christianity doesn't sound like it should be a crime; but in Muslim-controlled Iraq and in spite of their constitution, it is enough to get a former Muslim executed. The White House has condemned the death sentence and Iran's "utter disregard" for religious freedom. 

The Iranian government is hoping Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani will recant his faith, but the pastor has responded that he cannot deny his faith in Christ. Since Iran does not wish the world to see the truth of its justice, false reports from the state media are now starting to circulate. They say that Pastor Youcef is guilty of Zionism, that he has committed crimes that threaten Iran's security. Also, they indicate he is accused of rape and extortion.

These charges arise in order to cover the real reason for Pastor Youcef's appointed execution. Before worldwide attention, documents in a ruling from the Iranian Supreme Court show Nadarkhani was sentenced to execution by hanging for “turning his back on Islam” and “converting Muslims to Christianity.”

According to Jay Sekulow, ACLJ:

"The only question now is whether the Iranian government is actually leveling these new charges against him in court or just throwing out new accusations to try and deflect media attention."
“One thing is clear, if Fars News is acknowledging Pastor Youcef's trial, we know that Iran's leaders are fully aware of it too - that's a good thing."

The ACLJ is working hard with Congressional leaders, the United Nations, international media, and Pastor Youcef’s attorney; and Iran is weary of the international pressure.

Hillary Clinton has released a statement that the U.S. is deeply concerned; but in order to save the pastor's life, it is imperative that she use the weight of the U.S. State Department to call on Iran for Pastor Youcwef's unconditional release.
Pastor Youcef and family

It is not too late to for the petition to have an effect on Iran's final decision in regard to Pastor Youcef.

Continue reading Petition to Hillary Clinton to save Christian pastor in Iran -

September 8, 2012: Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released, acquitted of apostasy

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