Thursday, August 9, 2012

IRAN: Christian sentenced to 6 years for practicing Christianity

But Iran is not a threat, doncha know.

From the Jerusalem Post August 8 by Benjamin Weinthal

Iran court upholds practicing Christianity sentence
BERLIN – Iran’s court of appeals upheld last week a six-year prison term imposed on Farshid Fat’hi for practicing Christianity.

Iran’s mullah establishment has ramped up its incarceration of Christian pastors and activists.

The Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN) cited on its website Friday a report from the Tehran-based, Persian-language Haran News Agency that Christian activist and House Church organizer Fat’hi was sentenced to a six-year prison term, based on charges of “acting against national security through membership of the Christian organization Ilam, collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country.”

According to FCNN, Fat’hi converted to Christianity and was one of a high number of Christian activists arrested by the security agencies of the Islamic Republic during Christmas 2010.

In an email to The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), wrote: “Iran continues to persecute Christians simply because of their religious beliefs. Sadly, this nation is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to abusing religious and human rights.”

“Iran would prefer that the outside world never know what’s happening to these pastors – the imprisonment, the torture, and the executions,” Sekulow, whose organization aims to promote religious freedom abroad, said. “Iran must be held accountable for this abhorrent behavior. Iran needs to know that the world is watching.” 

They know, but don't care.  Ultimately we will pay the price for turning a deaf ear to this, and other atrocities.

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