Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Beliefs

by 1389 on September 29, 2011

in 1389 (blog admin), Christianity, Dr. Terry Jones, Iran, Shari'a

From Dr. Terry Jones:

Again, another example of the radical element of Islam, another example of unbelievable violations of human rights, of freedom of speech. Even the actual thought that someone could possibly be executed, imprisoned, just simply because of what he believes is totally barbaric.

Pastor Yusuf Naderkhani
Pastor Yusuf Naderkhani and his family
This is another sign that we, as a nation, as individuals, that we must stand up, we must speak out against this type of injustice.

Let us join together. Please contact us here at Dove World Outreach Center, contact us here at Stand Up America Now, let us join together with many many different news agencies, Christian organizations, other First Amendment organizations, people that are concerned about human rights around the world.

Let us join together and let us stop this hideous action of Islam.
Thank you
- Dr Terry Jones

CONTACT: 352-371-2487 or 352-871-2680 (Stephanie Sapp) or info@standupamericanow.org

FOX News: Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

…Youcef Nadarkhani, 32, 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 has ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.

“Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people,” the statement released by the White House read. “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. 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.”

Attorney Mohammad Ali Dadkhah told The Associated Press on Thursday that his client has appeared before the appeals court over the past four days and expects a ruling by the end of next week. Dadkhah said he believes there’s a “95 percent chance” of acquittal for Nadarkhani.

Dadkhah said neither Iranian law nor clerics have ever stipulated the death penalty as punishment for converting from Islam to Christianity.

The judges in the case, according to the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), demanded that Nadarkhani recant his Christian faith before submission of evidence. Though the judgment runs against current Iranian and international laws and is not codified in Iranian penal code, the judge stated that the court must uphold the decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom.

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.

An unnamed source close to Nadarkhani’s attorney told the American Center for Law and Justice that a judge has agreed to overturn Nadarkhani’s death sentence, but the report could not be independently confirmed.

Even if the sentence is overturned, Jordan Sekulow, the executive director of the ACLJ, said the message is that it would be unlikely that Nadarkhani would be set free…

More here.

Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner has also released a statement calling for Pastor Yousef’s release.

Click HERE to email the Iranian embassy.

Click HERE to email Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Click HERE to sign the petition at ACLJ.

I already did. Now it’s up to YOU.

 


Iranian Embassy Information

Embassy – Iranian Interests Section
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The Embassy of Iran in Ottawa, Canada is on the Web.

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