Thursday, September 29, 2011

Christian Pastor Reaches Hour of Execution

The White House finally released a statement condemning the conviction and possible execution of an Iranian pastor.  In the statement, the White House called upon Iranian authorities to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, saying, "A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities' utter disregard for religious freedom."

Although this sentence runs contrary to both Iranian and international laws, the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom has upheld the death penalty ruling.  According to Amnesty International USA, an execution for apostasy has not occurred in Iran since 1990.

The American Center for Law and Justice has been actively involved in the case, urging members of the government to intervene.  House Speaker John Boehner released a statement on Wednesday calling the case "distressing for people of every country and creed."  The American Family Association has also called on its members to contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

Please pray for Youcef and his family and an immediate acquittal in this case.

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