On this Christmas night, remember in prayer an American citizen – Pastor Saeed Abedini – who has been imprisoned in Iran for his faith in Jesus Christ. He is reportedly being beaten, and his wife is speaking out in his behalf. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is trying to galvanize support for Pastor Saeed to pressure Iran to release him.
Beginning to look like a pattern with the Islamic regime in Iran, doesn’t it?
Muslim Protests against the United States, over a film posted to YouTube, are now spreading to Asia. This is raw video of some protests in both Jakarta, Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Indonesia is the most populous Islamic nation in the world. The crowd in Indonesia shouted anti-American slogans, and demanded the death penalty for the filmmakers.
Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned in Iran for his faith for over 900 days, and sentenced to death, may now be about to lose his attorney. Reports indicate that the Iranian attorney who has been representing Nadarkhani is being sentenced to 9 years in prison for “propaganda against the regime.” The move is raising concerns the Iranian Government may be close to acting on the death sentence against Nadarkhani. They can do so at any moment, without any warning and without setting any kind of execution date. Nadarkhani has refused a number of times to recant his faith in Jesus Christ in order to have the death sentence overturned. His case reveals the vile grip radical Islam has on Iran and other parts of the Muslim world. Freedoms of speech, religion, and assembly are not respected, and basic Human Rights are routinely violated. Nadarkhani’s case is garnering world-wide attention.
We told you about Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani weeks ago. Pastor Yousef remains steadfast in his Christian faith and has once again refused to recant his commitment to Jesus Christ. He has been sentenced to death for his faith in Islam-dominated Iran. Reports indicate the execution could be carried out soon, as early as tomorrow – Friday – the day Muslims go to the mosque for worship:
International Business Times: Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing the death penalty, again refused to convert to Islam to save his life.
Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 for the crime of apostasy because he allegedly abandoned Islam for Christianity. As a pastor, Iranian clerics believe that Nadarkhani was preaching in order to convert Muslims.
Before his last hearing Wednesday, Nadarkhani had been given three previous chances to repent, and all three times he has refused. After his final refusal Wednesday, no verdict has been announced, but many expect that he could be put to death as soon as Friday.
The case has slowly garnered international attention, and there are a number of Christian rights groups advocating for his release.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner also has spoken out against Iran. . . . Read More
May Pastor Yousef have the strength and courage he needs to continue to stand strong, and may God use his witness to transform the nation of Iran.
(Fox News) — An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.
When asked to repent, Nadarkhani stated: “Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?”
“To the religion of your ancestors, Islam,” the judge replied, according to the American Center for Law & Justice.
“I cannot,” Nadarkhani said.
(The Blaze) — Although Libyan rebels only just took control over the capital city of Tripoli over the weekend, a draft version of a new constitution for the transitional state has allegedly been penned and appears online. What is perhaps most disturbing, however, is that the charter’s “principal source of legislation” will be Sharia law. Even with a new regime, “reform” still does not seem to be an operative word for a new Libya.
According to Part 1, Article 1 of the alleged draft: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).” Heritage points out that other phrases contained in the draft, such as “there shall be no crime or penalty except by virtue of the law” and “judges shall be independent, subject to no other authority but law and conscience” seem all the more foreboding given the basis for the country’s entire legislation will be Sharia law.
Yesterday, we shared about Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian who is facing execution because of his faith in Jesus Christ. This video recently uploaded to YouTube tells a little more about this brave man, and it urges us to pray for him and speak up for him now. Pastor Yousef apparently was able to write a letter and send it from prison, which was posted at Persecution.org back in October 2010.
The video below was uploaded to YouTube in May, and it describes the persecution of other Christians in Iran in recent days.
NOTE: Information I found yesterday said Pastor Yousef (Youcef) is 32 years old. The first video above says he is 34 years old.
A 32 year-old Iranian Christian Pastor is reportedly facing execution in Iran unless he is willing to recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani became a Christian as a teenager, and has been under arrest since 2009 for his faith. In Iran – dominated by Islam – there is apparently no room for him to practice and share his faith:
FOX NEWS: Iran’s Supreme Court says an evangelical pastor charged with apostasy can be executed if he does not recant his faith, according to a copy of the verdict obtained by a religious rights activist group.
Christian Solidarity World says Iranian-born Yousef Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and given the death sentence late last year, could have his sentence suspended on the grounds that he renounce his faith.
Those who know him say he is not likely to do that, for if he were disposed to giving it up, he would have done it long ago. . . .
Ghaemi says, “Most churches in Iran operate with some degree of secrecy. They operate in homes. People take their batteries out of their cellphones and leave them at the door. They show up at random times so as to avoid the appearance of a crowd filing in. The current government sees them as a threat.” . . . . Read More
The reality is that you can go to virtually any nation in the world where Islam is dominant and find the same story. Islam is intolerant to the faith of others, and seeks to silence dissent. Christians in particular are persecuted for their faith, as Islam seeks to keep people from being exposed to any view of life and eternity but its own.
If you are one who prays, say a prayer for this pastor and his family – not only that he will live, but that they will have courage and strength in their fiery trial. While you are praying – thank God for the religious freedom we have in America.
UPDATE 7/15/11 - Here’s a video with more information on Pastor Yousef, urging prayer for him.
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) says the Committee hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons “can be deemed as racist and is discriminatory.” Richardson complained that the hearings were focusing specifically on Muslim radicalization and not others like the Aryan Nation.
Rep. Peter King pointed out that the Democrats had control for four years and never once had a hearing on anything involving skinheads, Nazis, or the Aryan Nation. King said, “Suddenly this issue emerges when we start talking about Muslim radicalization…we have a judiciary committee to deal with other issues in the prison…If we find out that neo-Nazis are allied with a foreign power and are coming to this country we will investigate it.”
H/t: The Daily Caller
Herman Cain explains his comment that he would not be “comfortable” appointing a Muslim to his cabinet. Cain said if he did appoint a Muslim he would make sure they are committed to the Constitution, not Sharia law. Cain said, “I do not believe in Sharia law in American courts. I believe in American laws in American courts, period.”
Here is a video report on a Coptic Christian Church in Cairo, Egypt being set on fire by a Muslim mob. At least 10 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in the attack:
CNN: Egypt’s prime minister called for an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after officials reported at least 12 people were killed in sectarian clashes outside a Cairo church. Officials said the violence began over rumors that a Christian woman who converted to Islam was being held at the church against her will. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf postponed a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the church attack, according to EgyNews, Egypt’s official news agency. Egyptian state TV said 10 people died and 232 were wounded in the violence Saturday. At least 190 were arrested.
Tensions between Egypt’s Muslim majority and its Coptic Christian minority have been on the rise in recent months, with a number of violent clashes reported between the two groups. . . . Read More
To protect the Muslim radicals, some are trying to say this was just a gang of thugs and had no real religious motivation. Of course, the report makes no mention of the rising influence and power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Many Muslims have a hard time with the free exchange of ideas and the right of individuals to choose what they believe. In virtually every majority Muslim nation, a person converting from Islam to Christianity faces intense persecution at best, and often death. That is never the case in majority Christian nations. That single fact says a great deal about the two faiths.
Violent clashes broke out around the world today as thousands of supporters of Osama bin Laden took to the streets to protest at the Al-Qaeda leader’s death.
While many protests took place across the Muslim world, the most extraordinary – and violent – took place in London, where hundreds of supporters have gathered at the U.S. embassy to stage a mock ‘funeral service’ for the slain terror leader.
The city – dubbed London-istan – was described earlier this week as a major recruiting ground for Al Qaeda.
Dozens of police officers struggled with protesters who tried to storm the embassy with radicals carrying placards proclaiming that ‘Islam will dominate the world’ and branding U.S. leaders ‘murderers’.
Read more: Daily Mail