IRS Conducted “Secret Research Project” …


VIDEO: Obama Says “Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption” in IRS Scandal

 

This should be the last straw in Obama believability. If President Barack Hussein Obama’s lips are moving, you got to believe only that he is lying. Scandal after scandal keeps popping up and many cases new info is occurring about these scandals of deception by the Liar-in-chief and his Administration. This is particularly the case with the IRS. I heard some more info on probably the most powerful government agency as far as American citizens are concerned – the IRS – has mysteriously lost FIVE more IRS big dog IRS personnel emails. Now I just heard this on Fox News today so I am sure more details are forthcoming.  Yesterday ACLJ posted some more damning evidence of IRS duplicity as a tool of Obama’s assault on those of us that oppose his transformative agenda for America.

 

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IRS Conducted “Secret Research Project” with Illegally Obtained Conservative Donor Lists

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Sep. 5, 2014 12:01 PM

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The latest dump of IRS emails provides further evidence of the nefarious and concerted effort within the IRS to target conservative groups.

 

In an email under the subject line “donor names,” then IRS acting director of Exempt Organizations Ruling and Agreements David Fish (who worked directly below Lois Lerner) discussed a “secret research project” with Holly Paz.

 

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

 

Perhaps the most intriguing of the new documents shows that IRS officials had some sort of “secret research project” going that related to the donor lists it had collected – inappropriately, as it turned out – from many conservative nonprofit groups.

 

The IRS demanded the donor lists in the course of reviewing dozens of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status starting in 2010. An inspector general found in 2013 that the IRS targeted many of those conservative groups for improper scrutiny, including the demands for donor identities. . . .

 

If the project involved the IRS systematically targeting conservative donors for extra scrutiny too – as some GOP lawmakers suspect – that’s a very big deal.

 

That puts it mildly.

 

In fact, while that email doesn’t give many details about the “secret” program (after all it was a secret), it does state that a decision regarding the program and the donor lists reached all the way to then IRS Commissioner Steven Miller.

 

We know the IRS unconstitutionally targeted conservative groups.  We know they illegally demanded, obtained, and held the donor lists of these conservative organizations.  Now we learn that in 2012, the height of the targeting, the IRS was involved in a “secret research project” with this confidential, illegally obtained donor information.

 

That’s more than a big deal.  It’s potentially criminal.

 

The very fact that the IRS was using the phrase “secret research project” should give every American pause.  But the fact that this project was conducted as part of a well-orchestrated effort to target and silence conservative Americans is utterly disturbing.

 

There are several other incriminating emails revealed in the latest set of Lerner emails turned over to Judicial Watch as part of their ongoing FOIA lawsuit.

 

When the Treasury Inspector General was in the early stages of its audit in June 2012, Lerner demanded to be present when they wanted to speak with her deputy Holly Paz.  In a flurry of emails on the morning of June 28, 2012, Paz informed Lerner that the IG would be interviewing her.  Minutes later, Lerner shot back, “Not alone. Wait til I am there.”  When Paz explained it was in relation to a letter from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp regarding the targeting and not a Wall Street Journal article about a conservative group, Lerner responded, “Just as dangerous. I’ll talk to you soon. Be there in half hour.”

 

Congressional oversight is only “dangerous” when you have something to hide and are pushing a political agenda.

 

In fact, the IRS itself confirmed in internal emails the politically partisan nature of the IRS targeting.  The email from a senior technical advisor to Lerner under the subject line “Bucketed cases” provides, “Of the 199 (c)(4) cases, approximately 3/4 appear to be conservative leaning . . . .”  It also notes that a majority of the “(c)(3) cases” were “conservative leaning groups.”  This July 18, 2012 email came while the IG was conducting its audit into the IRS targeting.

 

These latest revelations only further confirm the well-orchestrated effort by the IRS to target and silence conservative Americans and then cover their tracks.  They also further show that the targeting reached higher and higher into the IRS.

 

The more we learn, the worse it gets.  As new questions are being raised into the scope of the targeting scandal, it is more important than ever for a Special Counsel to be appointed to investigate the IRS.

 

We continue to press forward with our lawsuit against the IRS on behalf of 41 targeted conservative and pro-life groups from 22 states, with a preliminary ruling on the Obama Justice Department’s attempts to have the case thrown out expected any day.

 

Join the demand for an independent investigator into the IRS targeting scandal by signing our petition for a Special Counsel today.

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VERY IMPORTANT ACLJ Pastor Saeed Updates


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Posted December 7, 2013

 

Here are a couple of emails from ACLJ updating Pastor Saeed Abedini incarceration in a deplorable Iranian prison for simply being a Christian. Following the two emails I am posting an ACLJ update pertaining Congressional Hearings about Pastor Saeed’s unjust imprisonment.

 

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Saeed robbed, life threatened

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: Dec 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Sent by ACLJ

 

Deadly threats to American Pastor Saeed are increasing.

 

We have just learned that he has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint by fellow prisoners in the deadly Iranian prison to which he has been transferred.

 

His health is quickly deteriorating. Iranian authorities refuse to give him medication and deplorable prison conditions have led to lice, malnourishment, and weight loss.

 

Iran has sent him to disappear. The U.S. government has abandoned this U.S. citizen. Pastor Saeed has been left for dead.

 

We must be his voice.

 

I, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, am in Europe meeting with key world leaders urging pressure on Iran for Saeed’s release.

 

Join us in these meetings by signing our petition, and let the world know Pastor Saeed is not forgotten.

 

Sign the Petition to Stand with Pastor Saeed at BeHeardProject.com.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

 

Donate to Be Heard Project for Pastor Saeed

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Pastor Saeed malnourished

 

Sent: Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Sent by:  Jordan Sekulow

Sent from: ACLJ

 

Awoken at knifepoint, robbed of basic necessities, and denied critical medication. This is what American Pastor Saeed faces on a daily basis – imprisoned in a deadly Iranian prison because of his faith.

 

What we learned this week is truly horrific.

 

Pastor Saeed is malnourished, losing weight, covered in lice, surrounded by murderers, and suffering under increasing pain.

 

He is being left for dead.

 

We must never let this happen.

 

I am with a team from the ACLJ in Europe, meeting with key world leaders to Save Saeed. We are telling them that this U.S. citizen has not been forgotten by hundreds of thousands – that you are standing with him. Be his voice. Be Heard.

 

Sign the Petition to Stand with Pastor Saeed at BeHeardProject.com Today.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

 

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American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Wife and ACLJ to Testify Before Congress Next Week on His Worsening Plight

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Dec. 6, 2013 12:05 PM

ACLJ

 

In a critical development in American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case, Congress will hold a hearing next week on his worsening plight.

 

Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and I have been asked to testify about Pastor Saeed’s dire situation as Members of Congress seek to once again elevate the plight of this U.S. citizen who been abandoned and wrongly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith.

 

A joint subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has been set for next, Thursday, December 12th at 9:30am.

 

The hearing before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, chaired by Representative Chris Smith (NJ), and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), will focus on Pastor Saeed’s worsening plight.

 

We are grateful for this opportunity to elevate Pastor Saeed’s case, and it could not come at a more pivotal moment.

 

Last month Pastor Saeed was transferred from the political prisoner ward of Evin prison, a notoriously dangerous prison, to the violent criminal ward of Rajai Shahr prison, the deadliest prison in Iran.  This week we learned that Pastor Saeed has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint in this new prison.

 

Pastor Saeed’s health is also deteriorating.  He is experiencing increased pain in his stomach as he is being denied necessary medication by Iranian authorities.  He is malnourished, covered in lice, and losing weight because of horrendous prison conditions.

 

In light of his deadly situation and the Obama Administration’s refusal to even ask for Pastor Saeed’s release in recent direct negotiations with Iran, it is imperative that Congress speak out.  The U.S. State Department and the Obama Administration must make Pastor Saeed’s freedom a true priority.

 

The life of a U.S. citizen – whose only “crime” is his Christian faith – is a stake.

 

More details and hearing location are available on the Committee’s website.

 

Stand with Pastor Saeed as we stand before Congress by singing the petition at BeHeardProject.com.

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Continue to Remember Pastor Saeed Persecuted in Iran


Saeed & Naghmeh Abdenin - Save from Iranian Prison

John R. Houk

© September 20, 2013

 

Too often we Christians tend to lose sight of those being persecuted for believing that Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior is Lord of all. This is especially the case when individuals in Muslim dominated nations that have received high profile media coverage of their persecution and/or incarceration merely for being a Christian or refusing to renounce their faith. God forgive there are many, but the person I am thinking of at present is naturalized American citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran initially under the false claim of proselytizing in Iran and then upgrading the false claim to a national security threat. The truth was Pastor Saeed was visiting family while helping with the construction of an orphanage.

 

 

The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) has managed to keep Pastor Saeed in the public eye. Below are a series of emails I have received as updates which will also include a message of support which is valid for money keeps the Christian activism flowing.

 

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Our most critical effort for Pastor Saeed

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: September 16, 2013

ACLJ

 

Today, we are launching the largest online campaign in ACLJ history.

And it’s all for Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran simply because he is a Christian.

 

It’s been nearly one year – 52 weeks – since Pastor Saeed’s illegal captivity at the hands of the Iranians.

 

Now, Iran has a new president, and he claims to be more moderate than his predecessor.

 

We’re going to hold him to his word.

 

Using a brand-new website that raises awareness for the persecuted church and gives a voice to the voiceless, we’re asking you to write a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking that he free Pastor Saeed.

 

We’ve written text you can use, or you can customize to send your own message, but our goal is simple: 52,000 letters asking President Rouhani to save Saeed.

 

We will send President Rouhani 1,000 letters every week until Pastor Saeed is free.

 

Be heard. Help save Saeed.

 

Write a Letter to Save Pastor Saeed.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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Be Heard for Pastor Saeed

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: September 17, 2013

ACLJ

 

We are launching the largest online campaign in ACLJ history.

 

And it’s all for Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran simply because he is a Christian.

 

It’s been nearly one year – 52 weeks – since Pastor Saeed’s illegal captivity at the hands of the Iranians.

 

Now, Iran has a new president, and he claims to be more moderate than his predecessor.

 

We’re going to hold him to his word.

 

Using a brand-new website that raises awareness for the persecuted church and gives a voice to the voiceless, we’re asking you to write a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking that he free Pastor Saeed.

 

We’ve written text you can use, or you can customize to send your own message, but our goal is simple: 52,000 letters asking President Rouhani to save Saeed.

 

We will send President Rouhani 1,000 letters every week until Pastor Saeed is free.

 

Be heard. Help save Saeed.

 

Write a Letter to Save Pastor Saeed.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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From Saeed’s cell

 

Sent by Jay Sekulow

Sent: September 18, 2013

ACLJ

 

From the confines of his prison cell, Pastor Saeed has written a letter to Iran’s new president asking for his freedom.

 

His heartfelt plea: “Considering the fact that I came to Iran to serve the orphans, please do not let them make my children orphans and my wife without a guardian.”

 

We have joined with Pastor Saeed, launching a brand-new letter-writing campaign to Iran’s president on a brand-new website. It’s a critical effort, and your response has been overwhelming.

 

In just the first 48 hours, we are already over two-thirds the way to our goal – 52,000 letters for the 52 weeks of his illegal imprisonment.

 

You can sign the letter or write one of your own, and we will deliver it to Iran’s president.

 

Be Heard! Write a letter for Pastor Saeed’s freedom today.

 

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

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Seize the moment for Saeed

 

Sent by Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel

Sent: September 20, 2013

ACLJ

 

Next week is the one-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed’s illegal imprisonment.

 

It’s also Iran’s new president’s first trip to America as he addresses the United Nations.

 

Now is the time to speak out, to urge Iran to release Pastor Saeed.

 

United States Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Powers, is seizing the moment calling for Pastor Saeed’s release.

 

Tens of thousands have written letters through our new website, blowing past our 52,000 letter goal. Help us reach our new goal of 104,000 letters – 2,000 for every week of Saeed’s imprisonment.

 

Demand Saeed’s Freedom. Write a letter. Be Heard.

 

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

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Continue to Remember Pastor Saeed Persecuted in Iran

John R. Houk

© September 20, 2013

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ACLJ Pastor Saeed Emails

 

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American Center for Law and Justice is a d/b/a for Christian Advocates Serving Evangelism, Inc., a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, religious corporation as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, specifically dedicated to the ideal that religious freedom and freedom of speech are inalienable, God-given rights. The Center’s purpose is to engage legal, legislative and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education and litigation to ensure that those rights are protected under the law. The organization has participated in numerous cases before the Supreme Court, Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts regarding freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Your gift is very much appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by writing to us at P.O. Box 450349, Atlanta, GA 31145-0349.

 

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Imprisoned pastor speaks out


Youcef Nadarkhani and his son

I received an email update about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani jailed in Iran under a death sentence for being a Christian. I wish I could get these kinds of updates pertaining to another Christian I am following that is jailed in Pakistan also for his faith and like Nadarkhani for blaspheming Islam – Hector Aleem. The sad thing about Hector is a Pakistani Court cleared him of the blasphemy charge; however there is enough Islamic hatred for Christians that charges and delays keep popping up keeping Hector in jail.

 

Pastor Youcef’s update pertains to an open letter he has been able to get out to those who are tracking his predicament. Below is the email from Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ which will be followed by the English translation of the Farsi letter by Youcef Nadarkhani.

 

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Imprisoned pastor speaks out

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Sent: May 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sent by ACLJ

 

Pastor Youcef has released a letter to his supporters.

 

It is the first time he has been allowed to make a public statement in nearly a year and the first time the world has heard from him since his execution order was upheld.

 

Youcef’s spirit in the face of his persecution is remarkable. He writes, “[T]hough my trial due has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.”

 

The letter, which he sent to Present Truth Ministries, goes on to thank everyone who has been working, speaking out and praying on his behalf, saying:

 

“I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom, and respecting the human rights in a right way can bring forth great results in this. I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach to this goal.”

 

His words are inspiring, and you can read his entire letter on our Tweet for Youcef page at http://ACLJ.org/Nadarkhani.

 

Please share this inspiring news by forwarding this email and sharing our link on Facebook and Twitter. It’s important that you encourage your friends and family to sign up to our Tweet for Youcef campaign today.

 

We are also continuing to press the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass a resolution demanding Pastor Youcef’s release. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a similar resolution, and it’s time for the Senate to act. Take action; sign our new petition for Youcef today.

 

Thank you again for your actions, prayers, and tweets on behalf of Pastor Youcef.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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Letter from Pastor Youcef Thanks Supporters and Urges Prayer

 

ACLJ

Letter dated: 5/7/12

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has written an open letter to “all those who are concerned” with his plight thanking them and asking for prayer. The letter written earlier this week is the first time in nearly a year that Pastor Youcef has been able to speak out publicly about his illegal imprisonment in Iran.

 

He encourages the members of his congregation and supporters all over the world that he is in “perfect health” and urges them to continue having faith in God. He specifically thanks everyone who has “asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me,” and he urges everyone to “pray for me.”

 

Below is the entire letter from Pastor Youcef obtained and translated into English by Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries, who the ACLJ has been working with on Pastor Youcef’s case from the beginning.

 

May 7, 2012

 

Greetings from your servant and younger brother in Christ, Youcef Nadarkhani.

 

To: All those who are concerned and worried about my current situation.

 

First, I would like to inform all of my beloved brothers and sisters that I am in perfect health in the flesh and spirit. And I try to have a little different approach from others to these days, and consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith. And in these days which are hard in order to prove your loyalty and sincerity to God, I am trying to do the best in my power to stay right with what I have learned from God’s commandments.

 

I need to remind my beloveds, though my trial due has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.

 

I am neither a political person nor do I know about political complicity, but I know that while there are many things in common between different cultures, there are also differences between these cultures around the world which can result in criticism, which most of the times response to this criticisms will be harsh and as a result will lengthen our problems.

 

From time to time I am informed about the news which is spreading in the media about my current situation, for instance being supported by various churches and famous politicians who have asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me. I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom, and respecting the human rights in a right way can bring forth great results in this.

 

I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach to this goal. But at the other hand, I’d like to announce my disgust at insulting words or activities which make stress and trouble, which unfortunately are done with the justification (excuse) of defending human rights and freedom, for the final result is so clear and obvious for me. Insulting the belief of other nations or people, whether they be a majority or minority, is not accepted and is an unworthy deed, specifically for those who have this teaching to love and respect others more than themselves and treat them the same as you want to be treated.

 

Then, burning and insulting is not a reverent behavior for a Christian, but it’s worthy to be in obedience to the word of God and humble ourselves to glorify God.

 

I try to be humble and obedient to those who are in power, obedience to those in authority which God has granted to the officials of my country, and pray for them to rule the country according to the will of God and be successful in doing this. For I know this in this way I have obeyed God’s word. I try to obey along with those whom I see in a common situation with me. They never had any complaint, but just let the power of God be manifested in their lives, and though sometimes we read that they have used this right to defend themselves, for they had this right, I am not an exception as well and have used all possibilities and so forth and am waiting for the final result.

 

So I ask all the beloved ones to pray for me as the holy word has said. At the end I hope this be prepared as soon as possible, as the authorities of my country will do with free will according to their law and commandments which are answerable to.

 

May God’s Grace and Mercy be upon you now and forever. Amen.

 

Youcef Nadarkhani

 

The original letter in Farsi is posted here.

 

It is very encouraging that Pastor Youcef is not only able to communicate with the outside world, but that he is aware of the international outcry on his behalf. News of his story is reaching all the way around the world back into the heart of Iran.

 

It is critical that we keep this intense pressure on Iran for his release. Please continue to pray, Tweet for Youcef, and urge the U.S. Senate to quickly and unanimously pass a resolution demanding his release.

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Iran Contradicts Itself Again about Pastor Youcef to Brazil


Yousef Nadarkhanai 

Here is an update from ACLJ on the plight of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani facing a death sentence for being a Christian.

 

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Iran Contradicts Itself Again about Pastor Youcef to Brazil

 

By Jordan Sekulow

March 9, 2012

American Center for Law and Justice

 

Brazilian Senator Magno Malta, who has been working diligently within the Brazilian government and diplomatically with Iran for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s release, has caught the Iranian government contradicting itself.

 

Earlier this week, Senator Malta reported to Brazilian media that he had personally met with Iran’s ambassador to Brazil, Mohamad Ali Ghahezadehao, (pictured above) who had informed him that Pastor Youcef would not be executed for his faith, but that he “was convicted of other crimes, theft and prostitution.” The Iranian ambassador also gave Senator Malta an official letter from the Iranian embassy (English translation), claiming the Iran respects the freedom to practice religion and denying Pastor Youcef’s death sentence.

 

Portuguez trans-document-brazil about Nadarkhani

Portuguese Document from Iranian Ambassador to Brazilian Senator Magno Malto

 

These are precisely the same lies and contradictions that we have repeatedly seen coming from the Iranian government – another attempt to stall public outrage against his case that has been growing in Brazil.

 

I met with Senator Malta yesterday morning, and provided him with a copy of the original Iranian supreme court verdict convicting Pastor Youcef to death by hanging for his Christian faith in Farsi and translated into Portuguese (the ACLJ also has English and Russian translations).

 

He reported to Brazilian media:

 

The senator said he left the Iranian embassy relieved with the information provided by the diplomat. But today morning, his office received a message credited to the Court of Iran. According to the Senator, the sentence confirms the conviction of the pastor to the gallows, for religious crime. A document, dated December 5, 2010, says Yousef Nadarkhani was convicted of “having turned his back on Islam,” without reference to crimes such as theft or prostitution. The document confirms that the conviction occurred because the defendant spread the Christian faith, converting Muslims to Christianity, and worked with social action. There is also information that, at trial, he denied Islam and confirmed his conversion to Christianity.

 

The senator also said that in a document dated June 12, 2011, the Supreme Court of Iran reported that the offender refused to deny the Christian faith and upheld his death sentence. Magno Malta said that defense attorneys claim that Yousef was not practicing Islam since adolescence – which, in theory, eliminate the possibility of apostasy and sentenced to death.

 

Senator Malta took immediate action, returning to the Iranian embassy demanding an explanation from the Iranian ambassador for what he called “contrary” assurances he had been given by the ambassador. He is also continuing to press for Pastor Youcef’s unconditional release.

 

I provided these same Iranian supreme court documents to the Vice President of Brazil when I met with him earlier this week, allowing the government of Brazil to engage directly with Iran, fully equipped with Pastor Youcef’s actual conviction order.

 

Pastor Youcef’s case continues to be a major part of the international discussion regarding Iran. It is absolutely critical that we keep Pastor Youcef’s case in the international media spotlight to keep the pressure on Iran for his release. Please continue to pray, share persecuted pastor’s story, and Tweet for Youcef.

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Youcef’s Death Order


Demand Nadarkhani Release

Jordan Sekulow’s sources have led him to believe the execution order has been given for Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Pastor that left Islam for Christianity. In fact if you have not been following the news about Pastor Youcef, he has an execution sentence merely for converting to Christianity. Leaving Islam is a capital crime in most Islamic nations including Twelver-Shias in Iran.

 

As Jordan Sekulow implores we must inundate our Congressman and Iranian officials to commute Youcef’s sentence and him and his family to leave Iran for political asylum.

 

JRH 2/24/12

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Youcef’s Death Order

 

Jordan Sekulow

Sent: Feb 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Sent from: American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

 

Our sources in Iran believe Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s execution order has been issued. He is still alive, but his death is imminent unless the Supreme Leader of Iran intervenes.

 

Our aggressive international efforts to secure the release of this persecuted pastor continue to grow. The White House and U.S. State Department have now condemned Iran and joined the call for his release.

 

Take action by signing our petition calling for Pastor Youcef’s immediate release.

 

In just four days, more than 100,000 people have signed the ACLJ’s Petition to Free Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. If you have already signed, thank you.

 

Please forward this message to your friends and people in your church and use the “Like” buttons in this email to share it on Facebook.

 

It is critically urgent that we keep Pastor Youcef’s story in the international media to pressure Iran for his immediate release.

 

The ACLJ has helped spread the news about Pastor Youcef’s execution order across the world, including major print and television media as far away as Brazil and Australia.

 

Our Tweet for Youcef campaign is growing dramatically, reaching over 600,000 Twitter accounts each day on Pastor Youcef’s behalf.

 

It is critically important that we urge Congress and the United Nations to call for Pastor Youcef’s release while there is still time. Take action now.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. Your efforts have helped keep Pastor Youcef alive. Please continue to pray for this courageous man, and please keep spreading the word about his plight. Thank you.

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