Men and women, who have been sentenced to the lash or worse for apostasy - converting from Islam - are forming a thriving community of Christian ex-pats in German cities and towns. The Iranian immigrants seek asylum, or simply pay up to $30,000 to enter the country illegally with a fake passport, a new name and plans to start their lives over in new churches.
“The growing number of Iranian Christians fleeing their homeland to come to Germany should alarm us that Iran's regime is getting more and more radicalized and repressive - on a daily basis,” Saba Farzan, a German-Iranian expert on human rights, told FoxNews.com.
A telling example of Iran’s heavy-handed crackdown on Christians is the case of a 40-something Iranian woman named Afsaneh. A spiritual display brought down the full force of Tehran's hard-line regime.
“I was so excited about Christmas that I put up a tree in my home and work," Afsaneh told The Guardian.
However, she along with her cousin would pay a steep price for their embrace of the Christian faith in the Sharia-dominated Islamic Republic. Iranian authorities imprisoned both converts and imposed more than 70 lashes on Afsaneh and her cousin for merely practicing Christianity.
After securing refuge in Germany, Afsaneh said she resents her homeland's lack of freedom.
“I want Iran to have respect for my perspective, about what religion I choose,” she said. “Not just to tell me that I have to be a Muslim.” (Continue Reading.)
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Iranian Christians Flee to Germany
Christians are being viciously persecuted in Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, Egypt, Syria, etc. But even though Muhammad commanded his followers to abuse Christians, politicians and the media continue to assure us that the persecution of Christians across the Muslim world has nothing to do with Islam.