Skip to comments.Iran sentences Christians to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion
Posted on 10/25/2013 4:00:30 AM PDT by markomalley
Clearly this new President really is as moderate as the mainstream media is claiming. After all, he didn't have these Christians killed!
"Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record," by Benjamin Weinthal for FoxNews.com, October 24 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.
The four men were sentenced Oct. 6 after being arrested in a house church last December and charged with consuming alcohol in violation of the theocracy's strict laws, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. They were among several Christians punished for their faith in a nation where converting from Islam to Christianity can bring the death penalty. According to a new October UN report by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, such persecution is common, despite new President Hasan Rouhani's pledge to be a moderate.
At least 20 Christians were in custody in July 2013," Shaheed wrote. "In addition, violations of the rights of Christians, particularly those belonging to evangelical Protestant groups, many of whom are converts, who proselytize to and serve Iranian Christians of Muslim background, continue to be reported.
Irans regime has made stopping the spread of Christianity a cornerstone of its crackdown on religious freedom. There are estimated to be as many as 370,000 Christians in Iran, according to the most recent U.S. State Department report. The clerical rulers see Christianity as a threat to Irans majority ultra-orthodox Shiite Islamic religion.
Despite the recent Iranian charm offensive, Dr. Shaheed's report reminds us of the true nature of the Iranian regime where the abuse of human rights continue," Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), chairman and founder of the Iran Dissident Awareness Program, told FoxNews.com. "Political prisoners like blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari are being denied adequate medical care, journalists and their families continue to be targets of the regime, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati are still languishing in prison and the Baha'i community faces increasing persecution. This is the true nature of the regime we're dealing with during negotiations in Geneva."
Alireza Miryousefi,a spokesman for Irans mission to the UN, did not respond to requests for comment, but Irans government blasted Dr. Shaheeds report as not objective. According to Irans state-controlled news outlet Press TV, an Iranian official from the UN mission said Shaheed "has not paid sufficient notice to Iran's legal system and Islamic culture and considers whatever he sees in the West as an international standard for the entire world."...
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Shoulda just used grape juice.
The first night I got to Tehran in 1975, the bartender in our hotel insisted that we try vodka martinis made with Iranian vodka. It was excellent. I often wonder what happened to the Iranian vodka industry after the mullahs took over.
Just kidding! Ethno-culturally, I'm a "Baptist" myself!