Thursday, September 29, 2011

Religious Freedoms - #3283 - Iranian Pastor Must Disavow His Christian Faith This Week.......or He'll Be Executed - The Blaze


Iranian Pastor Must Disavow His Christian Faith This Week..... or Heill Be Executed - The Blaze - Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani continues to very literally fight for his life in Iranian courts. As the Blaze reported back in July, Nadarkhani was arrested in October 2009 and charged with apostasy (the total abandonment of one’s religion) following a conversion from Islam to Christianity. As we have already reported, Nadarkhani, now 32, made this conversion years ago when he was a teenager. While this has become the basis for the Iranian case against him, his initial arrest surrounded his public opposition to Christian schoolchildren being forced to participate in Islamic religious education. The Christian Post has more about how the pastor first came to the attention of authorities: The case began in October 2009 when Nadarkhani protested at the local school of his two sons. The government had recently passed a law stating that Islam must be imposed on children in local school, and even on Christian children.  Nadarkhani publicly protested at the school, stating the law was unconstitutional because it did not allow the free practice of religion. His protest caught the attention of the police and government........Now, his day of reckoning has come, as he is being asked to recant during court hearings this week (purportedly ending today). If he refuses — as he has done thus far — the Christian Post reports that he will be executed by hanging as early as next Wednesday. Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an organization that works to ensure religious freedom, further explains (emphasis mine):  Read more........

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