White House Calls for Release of Iranian Pastor Facing Execution for ‘Apostasy’ | CNSnews.com


 

Washington (CNSNews.com) – The White House called on Iran Thursday to release a Christian pastor facing possible execution after refusing to renounce his faith. Christian organizations, human rights groups and governments fear that Youcef Nadarkhani may hanged in a matter of days.

“The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday, reading a prepared statement. “Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people.”

“That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran’s own international obligations,” Carney continued.

“A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities’ utter disregard for religious freedom, and highlight Iran’s continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. We call upon the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion.”

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One thought on “White House Calls for Release of Iranian Pastor Facing Execution for ‘Apostasy’ | CNSnews.com

  1. MARK 8:35 (MATTHEW 10:39, 16:25; LUKE 9:24, 17:33):
    For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

    Lord, please spare this man from the hangman’s noose. He is an inspiration to all Christians who can only hope that their faith can be as strong as this man’s faith is.

    Yet if it is your will that he be martyred, may his martyrdom story circulate in the land of Iraq, and throughout all the Muslim nations and the entire world.

    Yet I pray that His life is spared, as he has demonstrated that He is willing to die for Christ and the gospel. Let this story circulate. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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