Anorak | Pastor Youcef Nadarkhan, Troy Davis And The Media’s Silence On Iran’s Bigotry

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhan, Troy Davis And The Media’s Silence On Iran’s Bigotry

by | 28th, September 2011

IRAN is making ready to execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. He’s a Christian pastor, who because of his Islamic roots must renounces Christianity or face death. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.

He has been asked three times to recant his beliefs, but has refused . If he refuses a fourth time, he could be executed at any time; he will be asked again today, and could die tomorrow.

On June 18th, 2010 Fatemah Pasindedih was arrested, charged with apostasy.

Fox News reports:

The judges, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, demanded that Nadarkhani, 34, 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.

Says Nadarkhani:

“Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?”

Cranmer takes up the story:

It really is quite incredible. Last week, a convicted murderer, Troy Davis , was finally executed in the United States, and it seemed as though the entire British (and EU) Establishment arose to denounce the barbarism. Even  Pope Benedict XVI appealed for clemency.

Yet today, Iran is scheduled to hang a Christian pastor for ‘apostasy’, and the collective silence from our scurvy politicians, trappist churchmen and hypocritical media is positively deafening.

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was found guilty two years ago of ‘apostasy’,  even though he was never a practising Muslim . His guilt was determined because he ‘has Muslim ancestry’ (which is a kind of convenient catch-all in a place like Iran), and he was sentenced to death. That sentence may be suspended if he renounce his faith. This week, in court, he has twice refused to recant. A third refusal today will result in his execution.

His Grace knows a thing or two about recanting and the inevitable consequences of recanting the recantation. There is no greater torture of the soul. Yousef Nadarkhani is bound upon a wheel of fire, knowing in his heart that he is faithful to his Lord and Saviour, and yet every fibre of his flesh will be screaming to declare that there is no god except Allah and Muhammad is a messenger of Allah.

As the years of imprisonment, torture and solitary confinement have failed to break this man’s faith, the Iranian authorities have tried to use his family against him. A year ago, Fatemah Pasindedih, his wife, was found guilty of apostasy. Her conviction was overturned on appeal, but the effects of all this trauma upon their two sons is unimaginable.

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