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White House and State Department Appeal for Iranian Pastorís Life
Faith Issues ^ | 2/24/2012 | Steve Eastman

Posted on 02/24/2012 5:24:03 PM PST by sreastman

White House and State Department Appeal for Iranian Pastor’s Life

by Steve Eastman

No one outside the government of Iran knows for know for sure if Youcef Nadarkhani is still alive. It’s believed his execution order has already been signed.

Despite pressure from Iranian officials, the 34 year-old pastor has refused to deny Christ and “accept the prophet Muhammad as his savior." He was first detained by the Islamic regime in 2009.

This week the White House released this statement:

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. This action is yet another shocking breach of Iran’s international obligations, its own constitution, and stated religious values. The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution — a fundamental and universal human right. The trial and sentencing process for Pastor Nadarkhani demonstrates the Iranian government’s total disregard for religious freedom, and further demonstrates Iran's continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. The United States calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion. The United States renews its calls for people of conscience and governments around the world to reach out to Iranian authorities and demand Pastor Nadarkhani's immediate release.”

The State Department has released a similar statement:

“The United States is deeply concerned by reports that a provincial court has renewed the execution order for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Mr. Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence on charges of apostasy and has refused to recant his Christian faith. Such government persecution for simply following one’s faith is common in Iran, where followers of many religious traditions face harsh treatment and severe violations of their religious freedom. We have also witnessed a dramatic increase in the arrest of adherents to the Baha’i Faith recently, as well as an increase in repression of freedom of expression in all forms. We stand with religious and political leaders from around the world in condemning Youcef Nadarkhani’s conviction and call for his immediate release.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham is challenging Barack Obama to do more to help. Last night he told Fox News, "The president could call for a prayer meeting at the White House.”

© 2012 FaithIssues.com


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: executionorder; iran; nadarkhani; obama

1 posted on 02/24/2012 5:24:06 PM PST by sreastman
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I don't know how much good it can do, but I signed a petition with the ACLJ
2 posted on 02/24/2012 5:27:43 PM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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I am surprised BHO through the WH has said anything. Why is he not going public, like he did with that damn apology over the koran burning.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 5:41:00 PM PST by svcw (Only difference between Romney & BH is one thinks he will be god & other one thinks he already is.)
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Yeah; he didn’t hesitate to wade into the great injustice inflicted on Professor Henry Gates...

God Bless Pastor Nadarkhani and his family and flock. Should this be his appointed time receive him into Your bosom with our prayers. He richly deserves the Crown of Faith.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 5:48:48 PM PST by One Name (Go to the enemy's home court and smoke his ass.)
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To: sreastman
"The president could call for a prayer meeting at the White House.”

Our first Muslim President, Hussein Obama, will not criticize any Muslim actions.

5 posted on 02/24/2012 6:25:18 PM PST by politicianslie (Obama: America's first Muslim POTUS, doing all he can to destroy America. HELLO, can anyone th)
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To: sreastman

“The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution — a fundamental and universal human right,” except of course for Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Jews and others of such ilk.


6 posted on 02/24/2012 6:31:14 PM PST by dominic flandry
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To: svcw

Obama is not saying this personally and publicly because he doesn’t believe the pastor’s life is worth anything. To him, it’s more important to grovel to muslim extremist for an accidental koran burning. This statement is put out simply as a PR manuever, so that he can later claim he actually cares about religious freedom and human rights for Christians in an election year, when of course he doesn’t.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 7:26:19 PM PST by crusader71
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