Monday, March 11, 2013

Five Christian Converts to Stand Trial in Iran

Muslim organizations like CAIR and ISNA assure us that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance, and that Westerners should have absolutely no concerns about the spread of Islam. Yet, wherever we see Muslim majorities holding power over non-Muslim minorities, we see a never-ending stream of violence, oppression, and cruelty. Isn't it amazing that Muslims from so many different countries (Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, etc.) all seem to misunderstand Islam in exactly the same way?

Iran (FoxNews)--Five Iranian Christian converts who were detained late last year will reportedly begin trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, according to a human rights group following the case.

The five men were among seven arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz during a prayer session. They will be tried at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz’s Fars Province on charges of disturbing public order, evangelizing, threatening national security and engaging in Internet activity that threatens the government, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a religious persecution watchdog group.

“Judging from recent cases, it is likely that, at the very least, those detained may face lengthy prison sentences,” said CSW spokesperson Kiri Kankhwende.

According to Kankhwende, the crackdown against Christian converts and house churches parallels a general increase in repression against many, including journalists, religious and cultural minorities and others as the government is leading up to June’s presidential elections.

The five imprisoned men, Mohammad Roghangir, Surush Saraie, Eskandar Rezaie, Shahin Lahooti and Massoud Rezaie are members of the Church of Iran denomination, one of the country's largest house church movements.

“There has been a noticeable increase in the harassment, arrests, trials and imprisonments of converts to Christianity, particularly since the beginning of 2012," Kankhwende said. "Any movement that differs from or offers an alternative to orthodox Shia Islam, and any persons who chooses to follow an alternative belief system, are interpreted as a challenge to the very state itself.”

The underground church network has been rapidly growing in Iran as a place where converts from Islam to Christianity can pray as they are forbidden to attend services at formal churches. (Continue Reading.)

1 comment:

luath said...

We have been praying for all Christians being persecuted under shia law in Iran and other muslim countries, but specifically for 2 men in Evin prison, pastor Saeed Abedini and pastor Farshid Fathi, who has been imprisoned since December 2010 with a 6 year sentence for being the pastor of an underground house church. He also has a wife and 2 children. We stand in faith on God's Word in 1 John 5:14+15, that whatever we pray according to God's will we WILL have the petitions we have asked God for and so these 2 men and the other Christians suffering for the faith WILL be released and Satan will NOT steal their lives and kill them through the evil islamic shia law system. To Jehovah God be the glory alone in Christ, Who is the Creator of the Universe! In Jesus' Name, amen.