Skip to comments.IRAN - Christian convert waiting for his apostasy trial asks for prayers
Posted on 05/18/2005 10:15:12 AM PDT by NYer
Tehran (AsiaNews/Compass) Hamid Pourmand, a Protestant clergyman who was born a Muslim, was moved from Tehrans Evin Prison in an armoured car two days ago, May 16, to his home town of Bandar-i Bushehr (southern Iran), where an Islamic court will hear charges of proselytising and apostasy against him. He could get the death penalty and be hanged.
Some of Pourmands relatives were allowed to briefly see him before his departure, but the prisoner was not permitted to speak with them. Witnesses say however that, gazing at them silently, he mouthed the words, Please, pray for me.
Reverend Pourmand, who converted to Christianity in 1980, is a member of the Assemblies of God. At the time of his conversion he was a colonel in the Iranian army.
On February 16, he was found guilty of keeping his conversion a secret from his superiors.
Under Irans Islamic law, non Muslims are not allowed to be in the army as officers.
Following the sentence he was thrown out of the army, lost his salary and pension and his family lost their home.
Now he is charged with proselytising and apostasy. The judges accuse him of being part of an underground church for many years, a church through which many people have betrayed Islam and joined Christianity.
In November 2004, the European Union formally complained against the Iranian authorities for Pourmands treatment calling his arrest and trial a violation of religious freedom.
This isn't religion. This is insanity. ALLAH AKBAR!
Oh those sensitive and tolerant Muslims.
My prayers are with him.
"The European Union complained"...NO SUH...You dont say!...that is about all they are good for...And this is the world that we are trying to extend "freedom" too
Prayers on the way....thanks for posting this.
I thank God I was born in America every day.
To the streets! We must riot and protest!
Prayers for Christian family persecuted by RoP Ping.
Thanks for the post. Prayers for my brother, his family and their church.
What's sad is that he would've been treated better by Saddam Hussein, who actually didn't seem to have much of a problem with Christians in Iraq.
This is in Iran, not Iraq.
"This is in Iran, not Iraq."
Regardless, it's sad that a maniacal dictator had more apparent respect for Christianity than these Iranians.
Of course, Saddam was about as 'Muslim' as you & I are...
Well thank God they didn't flush the bible, we would have had to riot, just killing a christian doesn't show intolerance it just shows that they are "real" mulsims, peaceful and tolerant, tough but fair./Sarcasm off
Father, you have promised to watch over your children. We ask you protect this one in the name of Jesus. Whatever happens in this trial, we know you never make a mistake. If the worst should happen to this family, we are confident you are in charge of it all, and that YOU will stand in judgment on those who would harm them.
In Jesus' name. Amen.
Once again, the "religion" of peace shows that it is nothing more than a terrorist organization.
No Peace, know Islam.
No Islam, Know Peace.
"Of course, Saddam was about as 'Muslim' as you & I are"
Saddam converted after he got his a$$ handed to him in Gulf War 1. He lost it over his misfortune and turned to a false religon for solice. Didn't seem to help much though.
The judges accuse him of being part of an underground church for many years, a church through which many people have betrayed Islam and joined Christianity[...]"He could get the death penalty and be hanged."
So...this "religion of peace" will kill you if you dare leave it and attempt to teach others a different point of view? But in this country they are afforded all the "rights" of a religion, and in fact demand "special" privileges? There is something seriously wrong with this picture!
Prayers for this brave man who had the courage to walk away from the cult of death...even if it costs him his life! I pray that many more will have the courage to do likewise and that we have the courage to stand up for what is right!
Send lawyers, guns and money.
Will you pray for this man and can you explain why the rest of us must?
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.
Prayers for our brother and his family.
This is horrible. Why doesn't Newsweek consider telling the world just how Muslims treat Christians in places like Iran?
I wonder how Muslims in this country feel about a Christian possibly being executed over his conversion to Christianity??
Prayers for the Pastor and his family.
Just remember: Liberals would love to make Christian proselytising illegal too.
I am so thankful for the freedom we have - that we can worship our Lord without fear. I pray that generations to come are blessed with this same freedom.
I pray whatever the outcome with this poor man and his family that the Lord's Will be done and that He is glorified in all things.
We'll never hear in the MSM how Muslims in this country feel about it, because the whole thing is a non-issue to the MSM. After all, it's just a Christian being killed. It's not like we can blame Islam for this, they just have a different culture which we must tolerate and praise. [/sarcasm OFF]
So, they are offended if we dis the Koran, but this poor guy will die for his conversion to our Lord, mmmmm makes sense to me. */scarasm off
Thank you for the pings.
God bless this man and his family.
Surely the authorities will arrest his wife if he is found guilty.
Yeah, didn't they complain about the Iranian born British woman too. And she was tortured to death.
In other news, Christians throughout Europe and America rioted over his mistreatment. Dozens were killed, and mosques by the hundreds were burned....
So, is CAIR holding a news conference on this?
I thought not.
Perhaps the Islamic "judges" are working part time in Canuckistan:
***Sound of crickets chriping***
I think they are busy passing out free Qurans still.
Psssst, I hear they are softer, more absorbent and bouncier than the old ones.
I can just see Mr. Whipple now, in the black uniform of an Iranian Ayatollah:
"INFIDEL! Do NOT SQUEEZE the Q'uran!"
The government of Saudi Arabia
He and his family will be in my prayers.
I hope they didn't flush his bible done the toilet.
I am so ashamed of American Christians who whine and cry about unjust laws "preventing" them from praying, preaching and putting the monuments in public! We are not willing to lose our jobs or be critisized for our faith.
This man has lost all, and may lose his life....
Yet, "no man is a fool, who gives what he can not keep, to gain what he can not lose".
God will repay...
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