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Youcef – Iran & Rimsha – Pakistan both are Released from Jail


Released Nadarkhani Greets Family 9-9-12

John R. Houk

© September 10, 2012

 

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Iran and an eleven year old Christian girl from Pakistan have been released from their respective jails. Both were jailed under Islamic Blasphemy laws.

 

As you will read from The New American, Youcef was originally jailed under the charge of converting to Christianity away from Islam. The Iranian Mullocracy came under international scrutiny for their plan to execute Pastor Youcef just for being a Christian. In order to propagandize the Iranian populace about Youcef’s incarceration Iran began creating new charges that made him look more criminal undoubtedly to sear the consciences of Muslim Iranians if Youcef was executed. Rimsha Salih Green Scarf as Released 9-9-12

 

Eleven year old Rimsha has been released from jail in Pakistan undoubtedly because of the international publicity that she was framed by a Radical Muslim Cleric who planted burnt pages of the Quran in police evidence in order to bolster his accusation that Rimsha desecrated the Quran. It is still a mystery to me what the ultimate goal of the Cleric behind the Blasphemy accusation; however in Pakistan Muslims have been drumming up Blasphemy Charges against the Pakistan Christian minority for some time for vendettas and legal manipulation to acquire Christian property.

 

AND so I say this: Thank God Jesus Christ is on the throne of God listening to the prayers of Christian Believers. Prayer is the ultimate reason for the release of Youcef and Rimsha. I don’t know what the future plans of the families of Youcef and Rimsha are but I pray seeking asylum in a more favorable environment is in their thinking. Youcef and Rimsha are out of jail but they are still in their Islamic Supremacist nation’s of birth. God have mercy on their lives and their family’s lives.

 

Blasphemy Laws in Muslim nations are based on Islam’s Sharia Law. Apart from the religious significance of Sharia, the inseparable political part is entirely antithetical to American Liberty based on the U.S. Constitution. Frankly the political nature of Sharia would or should be ruled unconstitutional if it is ever to be allowed legal weight in the USA.  The death sentences handed out in the Muslim world for something as simple as insulting a religion are ludicrous in America. Imagine that Rimsha Salih was jailed for the accusation of having Quranic pages on her person that appeared to have been burnt.

 

I am mystified when Leftists line up behind Muslim Apologists in America to fight the national State wide movement to enforce American Laws for American Courts (ALAC). Muslim Apologists scream violation of the First Amendment establishing religious freedom. Those Muslim Apologists would be correct if the issue was about regulating the practice of Islam; HOWEVER the purpose for ALAC laws is to make sure that foreign law precedents cannot be used as case law in America which would include the political aspects of Sharia Law.

 

Thus, in America, no person can be executed for Free Speech that is critical of Islam. Trust me when an American Evangelist is preaching to Americans that do not follow a Christian lifestyle and that American is a Muslim that Muslim’s sense of Islamic Superiority will rise up in rage. Why? Because to tell a Muslim that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and faith in the Resurrection power of Jesus is the only way to Salvation, that Muslim will view that message as an insult to their Prophet Mohammed and to their Islamic religion. In Sharia such an insult is blasphemy that must be taken care of politically. AND “taken care of” means utilizing the punishment prescribed by Sharia Law, which is death.

 

Leftists are so blinded by their concept of Multiculturalism that they don’t realize the religious disregard Leftists have for any religion will be perceived as an insult to Islam according to Sharia Law. Leftists need to shine a light through the fog of Multiculturalism to support ALAC laws to protect their own First Amendment Civil Rights.

 

JRH 9/10/12

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Iranian and Pakistani Christians Freed From Imprisonment

 

By James Heiser

10 September 2012 11:22

The New American

 

In both Iran and Pakistan, important victories have been won in the conflict between Christian faith and Islamic persecution. In Iran, after three years in prison awaiting execution for the “crime” of converting to Christianity, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been freed. In Pakistan, a young girl wrongly accused of burning pages of the Koran has been released from prison and the Muslim cleric who planted false evidence has been arrested.

 

According to a report from FoxNews.com, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) — a watchdog group which has long championed Nadarkhani’s cause — announced over the weekend that Nadarkani has been released from his imprisonment after his charges were “lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a three-year sentence.” Since the 32-year-old Nadarkhani had already spent three years of his life in prison awaiting execution, he was released for “time served.”

 

Nadakhani (sic) was charged with “apostasy” — leaving the Islamic religion — on the basis of his conversion to Christianity. But the primary reason he became the victim of the animosity of the Islamic Republic of Iran was his service as the pastor of a 400-member house church movement: He was arrested in 2009 when he was trying to officially register the church with the government. After his arrest, Nadarkhani was taken before a judge and commanded to either renounce Christianity or face the death penalty. When he did not submit, he was sentenced to death in 2010.

 

When Iran faced international outrage over its intention to execute a Christian for his faith, the regime sought to sow confusion regarding the case. As reported previously for The New American, Pastor Nadarkhani not only faced a sentence of death for his beliefs, but the Iranian regime spread false accusations of rape and “Zionism” against him in an attempt to distract the Western media from the real reason for his plight. In some circles, those efforts almost worked:

 

For example, an article for the International Business Times reported both the false accusations against Nadarkhani, and the government’s denial of its intention to execute him.…

 

The author of International Business Times then declared that “If Nadarkhani were indeed guilty of rape and of Zionism, which could be the treasonous crime of spying for Israel, the death penalty would not be off the table. Both convictions are subject to capital punishment in Iran, and the death penalty is mandatory in rape cases unless the victim forgives the rapist.”

 

However, given the sudden appearance of these charges against Nadarkhani, long after he had, in fact, actually been convicted for apostasy — and not rape or espionage — treating the Iranian regime’s charges as anything other than a smokescreen does a disservice to the persecuted pastor.

 

When Nadarkhani was once again brought before a judge on September 8, supporters of the imprisoned pastor worried that the regime was preparing new false charges. As reported by FoxNews:

 

Nadarkhani was originally called to Saturday’s [September 8] hearing to answer to “charges brought against him,” leading to speculation that the new charges from the Iranian Supreme Court could be for a security-based crime, a charge often handed down to cover-up prisoners being held and sentenced on faith-based charges.

 

“While we praise the release of Pastor Youcef, we must recognize that Iran felt obligated to save face among its people and continue its pattern of suppressing religious freedom with intimidation tactics,” Tiffany Barrans, a legal director for ACLJ said to FoxNews.com.

 

“International attention to this matter saved this man’s life, but we must not forget the human right of freedom of religion includes the right to freedom of expression.”

 

And, in a country given to “public protests” which serve the agenda of the government, it is by no means certain that Nadarkhani has escaped the wrath of the Islamic Republic.

 

In the case of the girl who faced false accusations in another nation known for being a paragon of Islamic “justice” — Pakistan — her three-week imprisonment has now ended with a helicopter flight away from the prison in which she was being held: Even after it had been proven that the charges against her were false, the authorities apparently determined they could not protect her from Muslim militants unless she was spirited away from her jail cell. Her identity has thus far been concealed, on account of her age, but her youth was no protection from facing the false accusation that she had burned pages of the Koran — and facing imminent death on the basis of that accusation. According to the Associated Press, her release signals that she is one step closer to being completely cleared of the false accusation:

 

The release a day after a judge granted her bail is another step closer to ending an episode that has focused an uncomfortable spotlight on Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws, which can result in life in prison or even death for defendants. Many critics say the laws are misused to wage vendettas or target Pakistan’s vulnerable minorities like the Christians. …

 

Her lawyers say they will now push to have the case against her thrown out entirely.

 

“Her parents were with her when she was freed from the jail, and she has been taken to a safer place,” said a member of her legal team, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry.

 

The girl’s release came a day after a judge in Islamabad granted bail to the mentally challenged girl, a move hailed by the human right activists and representatives of Pakistan’s minority Christian community. Bail is rarely granted in blasphemy cases, and the decision signals a degree of sympathy that could result in all the charges being dropped.

 

Now, the cleric who planted evidence implicating the girl has been exposed by a member of his mosque; if that individual had kept silent — or joined the hundreds of Muslims who had surrounded her home, demanding “justice” — she might very well have faced ongoing prosecution for the false charge against her.

 

The absurdity of the entire case highlights the inherent injustice of trying non-Muslims on the basis of Islamic sharia law. The notion that an adult could be prosecuted — even judicially murdered — by an Islamic regime for “blasphemy” is absurd. That a mentally impaired teenage girl faced such a threat on the basis of a false accusation is appalling. When the charge was initially made, the child’s home was surrounded by hundreds of angry Muslims; in such an environment of hostility, intimidation, and violence, the contrast of creeds could not be greater.

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Youcef – Iran & Rimsha – Pakistan both are Released from Jail

John R. Houk

© September 10, 2012

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Iranian and Pakistani Christians Freed From Imprisonment

 

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Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani preaching

It is fantastic that nations that have international leverage are taking an interest in plight of Pastor Youcef and now Youcef’s attorney imprisoned for representing the Pastor. Brazil is part of a group of nations that have unofficially been known as the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The BRIC nations have no official treaty identifying themselves as such. The “BRIC” appellation is a label assigned by those involved with geopolitics to identify these four nations as up and coming powerhouses because of their natural resources and/or current strong economies – militaries.

 

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has been highly involved in finding arenas to bring pressure on Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Below is how those actions in part are proceeding including the Mahammad Ali Dadkhah.

 

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Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney

 

By Matthew Clark

Jun. 7, 2012 2:01 PM

ACLJ

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney continues to face an impending prison sentence in Iran. However, there are new international efforts to aid the Iranian human rights attorney and his persecuted client.

 

Mahammad Ali Dadkhah has been valiantly fighting for Pastor Youcef’s release through Iran’s judicial system. He was convicted for representing the persecuted in Iran and faces a lengthy prison sentence and disbarment from practicing law that would render Pastor Youcef without adequate legal representation.

 

This week, the ACLJ’s new Director of Operations in Brazil, Filipe Coelho, met with Brazilian Senator Magno Malta and others to urge diplomatic efforts on Dadkhah’s behalf.

 

Filipe Coelho & Magno Malta - Brazil

 

As Coelho reports:

 

[I] met with Senator Magno Malta and Pr Everaldo Pereira, President of the PSC to address issues such as Religious Freedom and the case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who is trapped in Iran, convicted and sentenced to death [because of his Christian faith]. He introduced the case of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah to Senator Malta who has been in touch with the Ambassador of Iran about Nadarkhani’s situation. Senator Malta said he was not aware of Dadkhah and he immediately asked his office to call the Embassy of Iran and set up a meeting for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

 

Senator Malta has been a significant influence in the Brazilian government, urging action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf. Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ Executive Director, met with Senator Malta earlier this year and provided him with Pastor Youcef’s verdict, translated into Portuguese.

 

Senator Malta has already taken action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf, meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Brazil. We are hopeful that next week’s meeting with Iran’s Ambassador will be beneficial for both Pastor Youcef and his brave attorney.

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Nadarkhani and Dadkhah Persecuted in Iran


 

 

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John R. Houk

© May 22, 2012

 

To the natural eyes Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Iran is beginning to sink deeper and deeper into the mire of darkness which the justice system of theocratic Shia-Islamic Iran. The Iran regime has arrested Nadarkhani’s lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah on trumped up charges. And of course Pastor Youcef has had a death sentence hanging over his head for years for the very Islamic crime of converting to Christianity. The conversion meme of Iranian justice has been denied by Pastor Youcef claiming he has been a Christian since childhood. But it gets worse for Pastor Youcef.

 

Now the Iranian regime is financing movie Director Nader Talebzadh to make a documentary about Pastor Youcef. If Iran is financing the film project you have to know it will be a propaganda campaign to get any doubting Iranian citizens on board with Pastor Youcef’s execution which I understand can be ordered by whim without notification by the Iranian government.

 

Below is the scoop from two articles from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

 

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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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Judge of Death


Abolghasem Salavat - Judge of Death

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence in Iran for being a Christian accused of converting out of Islam. Nadarkhani’s lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah had managed to make Nadarkhani’s persecution an international cause to place pressure on Iran. Iran’s solution was to get rid of Nadarkhani’s advocate. Dadkhah was arrested and convicted in Iran then sentenced for nine years in prison. Specifically Dadkhah was convicted for “…acting against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime.” Dadkhah was sentenced by Iran’s notorious “Judge of Death” Abolghasem Salavat.

 

Without representation the Iranian government can rip Nadarkhani out of his jail cell and execute the death sentence and no one will be the wiser that the Pastor is dead. I don’t know how ICLJ can pull off advocating for Pastor Nadarkhani legally but they are asking for donations to make an effort to keep the pressure on Iran. I pray others step up to the plate with ICLJ to aid Nadarkhani in any way possible.

 

May God Almighty save and protect Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God!

 

JRH 5/8/12

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Judge of Death

 

By Jay Sekulow

Sent: May 8, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Sent from American Center for Law and Justice

 

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney has been convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for defending human rights.

 

The judge in this case is known as one of Iran’s worst human rights abusers and is commonly referred to as the “Judge of Death.”

 

The ACLJ has been working with Pastor Youcef’s attorney to secure his freedom. Now, with no legal representation in Iran, Pastor Youcef is essentially facing the Iranian regime alone – no advocate to keep him alive and to keep the appeals process going.

 

Sign our new Petition to free Pastor Youcef today.

 

Pastor Youcef’s attorney will soon begin serving his time in one of Iran’s harshest prisons, and no other Iranian attorney will represent him.

 

We must increase any and all pressure we can on Iran.

 

Urge the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass the resolution demanding Pastor Youcef’s immediate release.

 

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Iran Contradicts Itself Again about Pastor Youcef to Brazil


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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.

 

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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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Update: Movement on Pastor Youcef – Iranian Christian facing execution


Youcef Nadarkhani - Pray For

I have written about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani before. Youcef is in prison awaiting the whim of the Iranian judiciary to execute or release him. Members of the U.S. Congress has joined various Christian organizations to place pressure on the Iranian government via international pressure to not execute Pastor Youcef under Sharia Law blasphemy charges of leaving Islam in favor of Christianity. Holy writings in Islam demand death for apostasy.

 

Here is a reminder to keep Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in your prayers from Tim Wildmon of the American Family Association.

 

JRH 2/22/12

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Update: Movement on Pastor Youcef – Iranian Christian facing execution

Refusing to renounce his faith in Christ may cost him his life.

 

By Tim Wildmon

Sent: February 20, 2012 10:58 PM

American Family Association

 

Last September, we asked you to pray and ask Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to request the Iranian government stop any attempt to execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and to offer asylum to him and his family.

 

When asked to “repent” by Iranian judges, Youcef 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.”

 

At last report, Pastor Youcef remains in prison and is awaiting judgment by the Iranian government. Still, Pastor Youcef faces execution any day.

 

Last week, US Representative Joe Pitts introduced House Resolution 556, “Condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment, and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the charge of apostasy.”

 

It is critical that you continue to pray for Pastor Youcef.

 

TAKE ACTION

 

International pressure continues to help keep Pastor Youcef alive. If a large majority of Congress supports this new bipartisan resolution, it could have a significant impact on pressuring Iran for Pastor Youcef’s release.

 

Send an email now and encourage your representative to co-sponsor and support the resolution in support of Pastor Youcef.

 

TAKE ACTION – Email your Representative NOW!

 

It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.

Sincerely,

 

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

 

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Pastor Facing Execution


Yousef Nadarkhanai

Youcef (or variations e.g. Yousef) Nadarkhani is still facing execution in Iran for being a Christian Pastor and former Muslim. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) believes public pressure has held Iran from allowing the execution to proceed. In an email attributed to Jordan Sekulow, the ACLJ believes keeping Nadarkhani’s case public via the social media. Sekulow suggests using Twitter by adding a Nadarkhani-ACLJ feed on your account for updates. I don’t Twitter, so if you are like use other social media you are with such as Facebook and so on.

 

JRH 1/27/12

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Pastor Facing Execution

 

From Jordan Sekulow

Sent: Jan 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

ACLJ

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing new pressure to recant his faith in Jesus Christ.  Sources in Iran have reported to us that an Iranian judge is once again telling him to deny Christ or he will be executed.

 

Pastor Youcef is again refusing to recant.

 

He is still alive today because of international pressure on Iran – people worldwide raising their voices, demanding that his life be spared. We need to keep that pressure on, and the ACLJ is launching a new initiative.

 

Please take action for Pastor Youcef; follow this link to take action and learn more.

 

From working closely with Pastor Youcef’s Iranian attorney, we know that the more people who speak out for him, the more pressure is placed on Iran to release him. It is absolutely critical that more people learn about Pastor Youcef’s plight.

 

Your voice has helped us get the White House, Secretary of State Clinton, Ambassador Rice, the United Nations and countless other elected officials and candidates for office to speak out for Pastor Youcef.

 

While we continue to work through legal and diplomatic channels to set him free, we are now turning even more to social media in order to build on a consistent and growing call to save Pastor Youcef’s life and for Iran to set him free.

 

Take action. Lend your voice to Pastor Youcef by allowing the ACLJ to tweet once a day about Pastor Youcef from your Twitter account.

 

If you are not on Twitter, please share this opportunity to speak for this persecuted Pastor by forwarding this message and by using the “Like” buttons in this email. His life depends on it.

 

Thank you for standing with the ACLJ in defense of Pastor Youcef and persecuted Christians around the world.

 

Jordan Sekulow

ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. With increased pressure from Iran for Pastor Youcef to recant his faith, he needs your voice more than ever. Visit our new Nadarkhani web page and lend your Twitter account, your voice, to Pastor Youcef.

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