Pompeo: State Department Report on Non-Existence of Religious Freedom in Iran ‘Shocks the Conscience’


by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - The thinning oxygen in the atmosphere for Iran’s religious minorities came to light Friday with the State Department’s release of its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom, which detailed the level of suppression suffered by Christians and Baha’i under the Ayatollahs.

The report explained how Iranian law permits little to no room for conversions away from Islam, while giving ample interpretive license to judges to construe conversions as offenses against the country’s majority faith—a penalty deserving of death in Iran.

Capital punishment in Iran, according to the report, is “for proselytizing and attempts by non-Muslims to convert Muslims, as well as for moharebeh (‘enmity against God’) and sabb al-nabi (‘insulting the Prophet’),” making Christians who hold to the basic tenets of their faith easy targets.

As illustrations of Iranian law in action, the report further detailed cases of Christians imprisoned for their faith, such as Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Saheb Fadaie and Mohammad Reza Omidi, who were sentenced to 10 years in prison for “acting against national security” and “promoting Zionist Christianity” in their capacity as house church leaders.

“Any [Christian]...who cannot prove that his or her family was Christian prior to 1979,” moreover, “is considered Muslim,” meaning that Omidi, Fadaie, and Mossayebzadeh were also sentenced to 80 lashes in 2016 for their consumption of communion wine, alcohol consumption being permitted for “Muslims” only within prescribed religious contexts.

Iran came in at number 9 on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List 2019 for Christian persecution, with a 2016 UK Home Office Report having uncovered over 71 kinds of torture in use at the country’s notorious Evin Prison, where many of its Christians are holed up.

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5 thoughts on “Pompeo: State Department Report on Non-Existence of Religious Freedom in Iran ‘Shocks the Conscience’”

  1. Were you born a postal worker or a doctor? Were you born liking hamburger and not liking brussel sprouts?
    Well then, you weren't born a muslim or a hindu or a Christian. You may have been born into a society that was muslim or hindu, but that doesn't make you a muslim or hindu.
    Just like going to church doesn't make you a Christian, not have a bun on your backside make you a hamburger.

  2. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is an example to us all. Many are, both here in the USA (not joking folks) and as Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is.

    This is a really good example of why we need to be getting true reports of real Christians so that we may pray for them, encourage our nations leaders and anyone else to speak to Iran's leaders for them. To help his family endure, and just generally support what God is doing for Iranian Christians.

    God bless him and strengthen him and his wife and sons, and all the others whose names we do not yet know, and likely will never know. While we are at it, let's hold our brethren in NKorea and the (true) Christians and brethren in China and all the other places where being Muslim is a racial thing, a biological thing, that depends on one's birth. Sort of like being baptised Catholic means they then think you are one, for life.

    Simply being born a Muslim turns accepting Jesus Christ as Messiah and God's own and only begotten Son, into something most of us in "western" nations can not understand. God give him strength and strong faith.

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