An Iranian pastor has refused to deny his faith in Jesus Christ and now faces execution under Islamic law. On the other hand, Islamics in the United States, Britain and Israel are allowed to worship as they choose. This is the stark contrast between Christianity, which brings freedom, and Islam, which demands that the false god Allah be worshipped...or else! Please pray for Pastor Yousef.
Pastor about to be executed by Iranian government
Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution anytime from Thursday onwards after refusing to renounce his faith. (from American Family Association)
Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani is currently on trial in Rasht, Iran. He has appeared in court three times this week and each time has refused to renounce his faith when asked to do so by the court. If he does not recant his Christian faith, he could be executed at any time (on or after Thursday, September 29).The 11th branch of Iran's Gilan Provincial Court has determined that Nadarkhani has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ.
When asked to "repent" by the judges, Yousef stated, "Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?" The judges replied, "To the religion of your ancestors, Islam." To which he replied, "I cannot."
TAKE ACTIONSend an email to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking her to request the Iranian government to stop any attempt to execute Pastor Nadarkhani and to offer asylum to Pastor Nadarkhani and his family.
Meanwhile n Washington the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner of Ohio, has called for Pastor Nadarkhani’s release. On Sept 28, 2011, he issued this:
“Religious freedom is a universal human right. The reports that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani will be sentenced to death by the Iranian government unless he disavows his Christian faith are distressing for people of every country and creed. While Iran’s government claims to promote tolerance, it continues to imprison many of its people because of their faith. This goes beyond the law to an issue of fundamental respect for human dignity. I urge Iran’s leaders to abandon this dark path, spare Yousef Nadarkhani’s life, and grant him a full and unconditional release.”
The Free Press says:
Unfortunately, Islam knows of no such human right as 'religious freedom'. Although the Koran, which Mohammed supposedly received from the angel Gabriel in a cave, states that muslims should 'forgive and forbear' in Sura (Chapter) 2, in later chapters, muslims are commanded to kill unbelievers (Jews and Christians), and under Islamic law, the later chapters cancel out and take precedence over the earlier ones.
Hadith 9:57 of the sayings of Mohammed states: 'Whoever changes his religion, kill him.' We are told that Friday mornings is the time in Islamic countries for public beheadings and cutting off of hands and feet. A TV reporter in the Middle East saw a pile of human feet outside a court. On vacation in Morocco, we encountered a sobbing young girl who held out the stumps of her arms. Both hands had been amputated.
It is not the 'radicals' or 'extremists' who do these terrible things. It is those who simply believe the religion itself. Islam itself is an evil, satanic religion of hatred and violence. Its adherents dare not change their religion or stand for change of any sort. It is written; it is hidebound; they are stuck with what the 'prophet' Mohammed said. And he 'said' it because he was illiterate. He could not write it down. He could not read or write. The Koran and Hadith was all written down by others after Mohammed's death (he was poisoned). Please read our Table of Truth (top left of the home page), Islam versus the Bible. You can print it out or copy and send to anyone who is prepared to consider this important matter.