Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Goes Free

I suspect he would have met with a darker outcome if there hadn't been an international outcry.

IRAN--Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody.

Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. His charges were lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a three-year sentence. He was released with time served, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based watchdog group that had been campaigning for the pastor's release.

"Today our sources in Iran reported that Pastor Youcef was acquitted of apostasy and released from prison. After languishing in prison for almost three years, he has been reunited with his family," Jordan Sekulow, executive director of ACLJ said in a statement to

"While we are working on confirming the exact details of his release, some sources report that the court alternatively convicted Pastor Youcef of evangelizing to Muslims, sentencing him to three years and granting him time served. Pastor Youcef’s story is an example of how the world can join together to ensure that justice is served and freedom preserved." (Continue Reading)


akairey said...

Just thankful to God he didn't end up like this fella! ****warning around 2 minute mark****

1776 said...

I am grateful he is out of prison, and I agree he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for international intervention. He needs to get out of that country!!!

Have you seen this video?

1776 said...

I am very happy for Pastor Youcef. I would like to see him get out of that country. I pray he and his family will remain safe.

Have you seen this video?

GreekAsianPanda said...

The hand of God pulled him through all the intimidation and torture for his faith. Won't it be great on the Day of Judgment when his tormentors get what they so richly deserve? (I know I should be all, "Oooh, I hope they repent and find Jesus, blah blah blah," but I just want them to go to hell. Seriously. Maybe I'll shape up later.)

The fact that the international attention forced the Iranian government to make up false charges against him (e.g. rape) and eventually free him actually shows they are conscious of what people think of Islam. Anti-jihadists could use this to their advantage by shaming radical Muslims into reform.

...Unless the Iranian government's decision to release him was actually motivated by consciousness of what people think of IRAN. Meh. I guess we can't know. Even if Iran's decision does have to do with Islam's image, Islamic extremists can still carry out their evil deeds in private. They get away with it all the time, sometimes out in the open, often without international outcry.

betwixt said...

It looks like the Pastor's lawyer and the other founders of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC) need our prayers this time:

~ Iran Mohammed Ali Dadkhah convicted to 9 years in prison (June 6, 2011)

~ Iran Jail sentence Ali Dadkhah upheld in appeal (May 7, 2012)

~ “Confess on TV or Go to Prison,” Authorities Tell Dadkhah (May 14,2012)

Cristo Te Ama said...

Praise GOD!!! YHWH the almighty, when he wants something, there is no power on earth that can keep it from him, he must have plans for this man of God..!!

Joe Daniels said...

Thank God the world's eyes are on Iran right now. Now all we need to do is nuke their weapons facilities before they get the chance to put jihad in a warhead.

I'm just saying: said...

Glory to God!!!

Xiao-Fury said...


Praise God!

Kangaroo said...

ICNA has condemned this already lol.
Now back to the real issue. The disease of Christianity is being treated at

Free treatment for everyone!

Cristo Te Ama said...

ICNA went against the Quran leting kafirs preach "lies" to Muslims? to expose Muhammad and the rotten core of Islam? wow i'm starting to like ICNA, because it seems to be they don't care about the Quran or Hadiths, i like bad Muslims, is the real Muslims who follow the hatred taught by Muhammad the ones that ppl must be aware, like these Muslims in Iran, or the Taqiya Muslims who preach something knowing it's a lie, but it's ok until we can beat them and bring the inquisition cough cough sorry,the Shariah to rule..

BTW is Christianity is he desease, why you are the only ones killing in the name of God every day!! ?? marrying little kids, beating women, etc etc(Supported by the Quran)!! i will never understand how muslims mind works...

Gregory said...

I prayed many times for this. Now, My prayer is one of thanks to the Father. Thank you G_D, so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

rowland said...

@Kangaroo, have you seen this hadeeth before

During the pre-islamic period of ignorance, I saw a she-monkey surrounded by a number of monkeys, they were all stoning it because it had committed illegal sexual intercourse. I too stoned it along with them. ( Bukari Vol 5,. BK 58,. no. 188 ).

Your profit Mohammed got the idea of stoning women to death from "Monkeys".

Talk about disease hey??

Anonymous said...

cure? more like rat poison let see what CC did last debate. mmm insulted Jesus by saying Christians worship the foreskin of Christ. wait i thought Muslims revered Jesus, cough cough not after what he said

and now Anthony gives CC what he deserves because Allah has loins :D so not only did CC used obsessed with the anatomy of Christ but Also insulting a prophet of Islam. you should be busy condemning him LOL

Kangaroo said...

How ignorant you are!
That hadith was not transmitted by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)!

Look more closely, it was by a preIslamic Arab who saw this.

Deleting said...

ganga-eww said, "ICNA has condemned this already lol.
Now back to the real issue. The disease of Christianity is being treated at

Free treatment for everyone!"

It was just a matter of time before you started posting your i-slob-ophilic garbage...and on a post talking about a Christian preacher being freed no less.
Go away.

Foolster41 said...

...And another for the Samatar "no one here but us peaceful moderate nice Muslims" file.