Monday, October 10, 2011

Iranian Execution Now Reaches Highest Level

The American Center for Law and Justice just released this latest report regarding the impending execution of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran:

According to Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's Iranian lawyer, the court delayed issuing a verdict and "has decided to ask the opinion of Mr. (Ali) Khamenei." Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is an Islamic jurist and the final arbiter of questions of Shariah law.

Now that Iran's Supreme Leader will be considering the case, it is imperative that our top diplomat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, personally intervenes in working for Pastor Youcef's unconditional release.We are hand-delivering this petition to Secretary Clinton the moment the State Department opens its doors tomorrow morning.

It is not too late to add your name to the list of over 127,000 people who have already signed this petition online. Pastor Youcef's life hangs in the balance. Sign the petition at www.aclj.org.
Forgive the brevity. Sent via BlackBerry handheld.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Iran Readjusts to Execute Christian Pastor

Faced with growing international pressure, Iran has made a political move to continue with the execution of a Christian Pastor first condemned for converting to Christianity from Islam.  The American Center of Law and Justice has been working alongside attorneys for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and released this statement yesterday:

The push by the Iranian government to execute a Christian pastor is accelerating.  Iranian state news is spreading false reports that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was not convicted of converting from Islam to Christianity, but is instead charged with Zionism and security-related crimes – the worst possible charge that can be leveled against someone in Iran.

Our efforts are having a tremendous impact, as Iran is now feeling this international pressure to release Pastor Youcef.  However, it is critical that Secretary of State Clinton – America’s top international diplomat – do more than just say she is “concerned” about this impending execution.  She must immediately call on Iran for Pastor Youcef’s unconditional release.

You can sign a petition addressed to Secretary of State Clinton here.