Skip to comments.Iran: Death Sentence Upheld
Posted on 07/04/2011 4:45:14 PM PDT by wmfights
The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of a pastor convicted of apostasy and accused of evangelizing Muslims. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, has been in prison since October 2009, and the appeal of his death sentence was rejected by the Iranian Supreme Court on June 28, 2011. He is to be executed by hanging. If the death sentence is carried out, it will be the first court-ordered execution of a Christian in Iran in 20 years.
At this time, there is no more action that can be done inside of Iran to overturn this sentence, a VOM contact said. It can be carried out at any time. The only options right now are to immediately and swiftly bring international attention to the issue.
Nadarkhani, a pastor from Rasht, about 750 miles northwest of Tehran, was arrested in October 2009 after he protested a government policy that required children, including his 8- and 9-year-old sons, to study the Quran in school. Nadarkhani told school officials that the Iranian constitution allows for freedom of religious practice. As a result of his protest, secret police called him before a political tribunal and arrested him for protesting. The charges were later amended to apostasy and evangelism of Muslims. Nadarkhani was tried on Sept. 2122, 2010, by the 1st Court of the Revolutionary Tribunal and sentenced to death on Nov. 13 for apostasy.
Nadarkhani is imprisoned in Lakan prison, where authorities have used various methods, including medication, to convert him back to Islam, according to Present Truth Ministries. After Nadarkhani refused to convert to Islam, his wife was arrested, put on trial without an attorney and sentenced to life in prison. She was later released after an attorney appealed her sentence. The Nadarkhanis children were cared for by a relative while they were both in prison.
Please lift up Pastor Nadarkhani urgently before the Lord and ask for his release. Go to his profile on www.prisoneralert.com to email government officials on his behalf.
Pastor Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death in Iran simply for preaching the Gospel.
Please pray for Pastor Nadarkhani and his family.
Thank you and God Bless.
Thanks for the ping Wagglebee. He’s been in my prayers, but I hadn’t seen this update.
I pray for Pastor Nadarkhani. What a tragedy.
A martyr for his religious beliefs. Many prayers for him.
Anyone who calls this pack of Islamic trash a religion of peace is a damned fool, including George Bush, especially George Bush, since he knows better.
Now we have our Muslim President opening talks with the Muslim brotherhood, while Iraq is asking Iran for aid and kissing their ass. How many men dod we lose over there so these p[eople could stab us in the back.
Get out now. Leave the Middle East to their nefariopus games.We are not going to change these people. Open our doors to any Middle eastern Christian who wants to come here and close it to Muslims.Middle Eastern Christians are a doomed religious people.
I will pray for this man and his family.
How utterly horrible and evil.
How long, oh Lord...how long?
Don’t forget to give Jimmy Carter full credit for this.
It shows how much damage an incompetent fool in the White House can cause.
May Angels release him from prison as he did for Apostles.
Then, the proconsul urging him, and saying, Swear, and I will set thee at liberty, reproach Christ.
Polycarp declared, Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He never did me any injury: how then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?
Martyrdom of Polycarp, 155 AD.
Where is Hillary’s/Soetoro’s outrage? Where is Jesse Jackson, Jr.? This needs to be exposed, big time! We pray for an answer.
Executing Christians is the secret dream of every liberal.
This is the case that can be used as proof that Islam needs to be banned in the United States. A nation’s Supreme Court ruling based on the doctrine of its religion.
Interesting point, I hadn't thought of it. In the past there have been churches that burned people at the stake for not holding to the State religion. Wouldn't we have to ban them as well?
I join in earnest prayer for Pastor Nadarkhani and his loved ones.
Islam isn't a religion, it's a political movement focused on your death.
It wouldn't apply here. That happened in the Old World, and has no application for the US. Furthermore, it can be argued that whereas capital punishment does presently exist in Islam, it does not exist in Christianity. The issue of Islamic violence has always been rebuffed by its appologists: but now we have a nation's Supreme Court on record issuing capital punishment merely for evangelizing. In my opinion, Iran has the sovereign right to do so: but in doing so it exposes Islam for what it is, at its core doctrine. And that is the case that needs to be made in each state house in the United States.
Islam isn’t a religion, it’s a political movement focused on your death.
Actually, it is a religion with a political aim. As it is one of the seven major world views (and one of the three monotheistic religions), it retains its religious worship and framework of beliefs alongside its overarching political goal of domination.
How can a religion be both religion and a political system? By being Islam. True Islam functions within a community (the umma) that optimally carries its own political identity.1
Corduan, Winfried “Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions”, pg 77, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove IL, 1998.
More recent information from Voice of the Martyrs indicate that it has been suspended. Praise God.
Prayers offered up for Pastor Nadarkhani. May God’s Will be done.
Thx for the ping. Will check it out.
Yes, Lord, be dramatically with him in ways that shock, humble and humiliate his captors.
If they persist to the hanging, Please, Lord, translate him out of this dimension right before their eyes—perhaps leaving his clothes behind or not and seeing him white robed ascending into Glory.
PLEASE Put the fear of Almighty God Jehovah—GOD ABOVE ALL GODS—GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB, OH, LORD—put the fear of GOD IN THEM TO THEIR BONE MARROW SUCH THAT THEY CANNOT SLEEP UNTIL THEY SEEK JESUS.
It's anti-Christian, anti freedom and anti-American. It should be outlawed.
May he stay strong and his loved ones be lifted up.
Don't expect Zero do do a thing.
Pastor Nadarkhani will give more credibility to Christianity. He will be honored in heaven.
These are the people about whom we are supposed to be tolerant?
The free world had better wake up, or when these INTOLERANT people become the majority and begin voting their laws into place, non-muslims everywhere will be exterminated.
Very worthy call to prayer for Iranian Pastor sentenced to death . . .
If you have time to sift through the youtube stuff about military convoys, military materiel movements on a massive scale . . .
to come up with the more credible, it would be a great service to post that on the Agenda 21 thread.
Some warnings sound a bit shrill . . . on the other hand . . . with different fingers . . . given Janet Napolitano’s warnings to several of her closer friends for them to stock up on 6 months of food and water ASAP . . . we should NOT be the least bit complacent.
Where did you see this? I just went to the VOM homepage and it says that the sentence is upheld.
However, it’s better news than that he had been hung an hour ago.
Hopefully, the Iranians will back down on this quietly. Unfortunately, a big problem with that part of the world is that saving face is incredibly important, they believe that if they say they are going to do something that the world will think less of them if they change their mind later.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...
How can a religion be both religion and a political system? By being Islam.
Like I said, it's a political movement based on mass murder and world domination...no further examination is needed.
It is absolutely anti-everything American and its murdering control-freak leaders have no legitimate place within the USA other than prison.
If you want to call it a religion, it's nothing more than Satanism...islam is a big lie.
Prayers said. How sad it is that religious persecution is going on in so many countries.
yup, like the Puritans and their successors in the Presbyterian USA based cult you go to.
good point Sal. Unfortunately too many folks have a 1500s chip on their shoulder.
Infidels: freepmail me if you want on or off this list.
Lord our God,
May Thy enemies be confused and destroyed; may the witness of Thy holy martyrs bring Thy light to the corners of the world; may all false religions be forgotten starting with Islam; may the life of Pastor Nadarkhani Thy servant be spared if that be Thy will.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.