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?