Skip to comments.Mullahs Arrests 80 Evangelicals, Amid Fears of New Crackdown on Christians
Posted on 09/11/2004 3:54:46 PM PDT by faludeh_shirazi
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TEHRAN, IRAN - Iranian police invaded the annual conference of Irans Assemblies of God and arrested at least 80 church leaders at the churchs denominational center near Tehran as part of the worst crack down on evangelical believers in a decade, a Christian news agency reported Friday, September 10.
Compass news agency said security forces raided the meeting "without warning" in Karaj, 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of the capital, after they surrounded the churchs garden property Thursday, September 9.
Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying that all men and women present at the first day of their annual meetings were detained. "The police came from everywhere," an Iranian Christian reportedly said. "There were a lot of them."
The Christian, whose name was not identified apparently for security reasons, claimed that "every single person present was put under arrest, blindfolded and taken in for interrogation."
Compass, which has close contacts with persecuted Christians in the region, said that the detained believers were driven around blindfolded for several hours so they would be unable to understand where they were being taken.
Each of them were reportedly questioned separately by security officials, and the questions revealed that authorities had very precise information about each person, including his or her activities, relatives and other personal data, Compass said, quoting Iranian sources.
Although most of the evangelical leaders were released, ten male pastors were still in custody, and their where whereabouts are unknown to their families, who have not been allowed to contact them, the news agency said.
"This is the biggest crisis for evangelical believers in the country since three Protestant pastors were murdered 10 years ago," another unidentified Iranian source told Compass.
Six ordained ministers were named among the prisoners, identified by their given names of Vartan, Soren, Harmik, George, Omid and Farhad. Another two men serving as pastors and two church elders were identified as Neshan, Hamid, Henry and Robert. The pastors serve in congregations located in Tehran, Urumiyeh, Rasht, Ahwaz, Boshahr and Karaj.
All the evangelicals released Thursday night were forbidden to attend church services Friday, the weekly day of rest in Iran when most churches meet for worship, Compass reported. "Anyway, all their pastors are now under arrest, so there will be no one to preach when the congregations gather for services," its source said.
"As the worlds only theocracy, Iran has strictly proscribed the activities of its evangelical Christian citizens, closing down their churches and arresting known converts to Christianity. Under Islamic law, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty," Compass commented.
Iranian officials have not commented on the case.
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This is bad news. The noose is tightening on Christians.
So I guess we know who the human shields for Iran's nuclear sites will be? Not hard to figger out what's what here.
In Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca and Medina, no Christian Church can be built or operated. You cannot have a Bible study in your home nor walk down the street with a Bible in your hand (as I understand it). A Jewish Synagogue cannot be built nor operated. No Jew can be a citizen of Saudi Arabia. I have heard it is still, officially, the death penalty for anyone to convert out of Islam.
And now the mad mullahs are arresting Evangelicals.
If the world is now exposed to terror, horror, war and injustice. This is because it has forgotten the God and spirituality.
-- September 11, 2004 at tehrantimes.com
Jerry Falwell to Pat Robertson:
[The 9/11 attacks] could be miniscule if, in fact - God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
-- September 13, 2001 on The 700 Club
Grrrr. There isn't a DAY that goes by that I don't grieve for the "honest" folks of Iran. GET RID OF THESE BLASTED MULLAH'S NOW! My heart goes out to these pastors, and all the folks over there who hunger for TRUTH, and FREEDOM.
Hitler is alive and well and living as a Mullah in Iran.
But the fact that there are evangelicals to arrest is a a good sign --- the Persian people want freedom, the mullahs are trying harder and harder to suppress all thought in Iran --- but ultimately I don't think they can.
Last I heard the mullahs in Iran are somewhat split --- some mullahs were siding with the people somewhat and getting the other mullahs upset --- if the mullahs are divided, that's good.
The Iranians need to be freed next.
Prayer for the Christians in Iran.
These are Iranian citizens?
Just out of curiosity, what are the charges? Not that they really need any.
Ping to what you mentioned last night...
AMEN - Let's Roll!!!