Iran: convert awaits execution, refuses last chance to revert to Islam
September 29, 2011
An Iranian Protestant pastor, sentenced to death in 2010 for apostasy, refused to renounce his Christian faith and revert to Islam during a third and final court hearing this week on September 28.
A Washington Post blog reported that at one hearing
When asked to “repent” by the judges, Yousef [Nadarkhani] stated, “Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?” The judges replied , “To the religion of your ancestors, Islam.” To which he replied, “I cannot.”
“I deplore reports that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian church leader, could be executed imminently after refusing an order by the Supreme Court of Iran to recant his faith,” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague. “This demonstrates the Iranian regime’s continued unwillingness to abide by its constitutional and international obligations to respect religious freedom. I pay tribute to the courage shown by Pastor Nadarkhani who has no case to answer and call on the Iranian authorities to overturn his sentence.”
US House Speaker John Boehner also denounced the Iranian court proceedings.
- Iran: Pastor Nadarkhani refuses to recant at final court session, awaits verdict (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
- Nina Shea: Yousef Nadarkhani Needs International Support (The Corner)
- Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution (Washington Post)
- Iran: faced with death sentence, Christian convert refuses to revert to Islam (CWN, 9/27)
Posted by: imanxufan9901 -
Sep. 29, 2011 10:42 PM ET USA
And this is the so called peaceful religion. What a joke. Wake up and see what islam really is!
Posted by: wolfdavef3415 -
Sep. 29, 2011 8:49 PM ET USA
To call that a 'court proceeding' lends an aura of respectability and justice that is sadly devoid from the whole farcical episode. My prayers are with the Lord for this man.