Hanged for being a Christian in Iran
Eighteen years ago, Rashin Soodmand's father was hanged in Iran for converting to Christianity. Now her brother is in a Mashad jail, and expects to be executed under new religious laws brought in this summer. Alasdair Palmer reports.
A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against. READ MORE
Bassam, like all dedicated Muslims, condemns those who reject this atrocious practice. Christians should be praying for the persecuted church in Iran.
(Before Bassam or Sami comment, let me just say that I know there's a war in Iraq, and that I know there's a nation called Israel. If you can show that these are remotely similar to killing people for leaving a false religion, please bring up the war in Iraq and the nation of Israel. Otherwise, please stop sounding like a broken record anytime someone points out the facts about your religion.)