By now, you’re probably tired of me mentioning that, according to Gallup, 78% of Americans are Christian. There’s a reason that I constantly refer to that fact. If you listen to the Main Stream Media, Liberals, “Fiscal Conservatives”, and the Obama Administration, you would think that we’re only about 1% of the U.S. Population, when, in reality, that status belongs to Muslims.
Christians are an overwhelming majority in this country, and yet we’re treated in the public square as some sort of hateful minority.
I was going to write that Christians are being treated like a bunch of Islamic Terrorists or sumpin’…but, the Obama Administration is negotiating with them (and apologizing).
When you think about the start of Islamic Terrorism, your mind, if you’re as old as I am, probably goes back to 1979, and the overthrow of the Shah of Iran by Muslim clerics, precipitating the Hostage Crisis. Given the recent news that Iran is feverishly trying to build a nuclear arsenal to wage war against us infidels, can you imagine how they might treat one of their own, who not only converted to Christianity, but became a Christian pastor?
The pastor in is Youcef Nadarkhani and he has been held prisoner in an Iranian jail since 2009.
The American Center for Law and Justice told The Christian Post that, according to their sources in Iran, Youcef Nadarkhani is indeed alive. The statement was emailed Wednesday amid reports that an execution order may have been issued for the evangelical Christian pastor.
“Our efforts to secure his release are intensifying – in Congress to seek support of the resolution and at the U.N. to bring this case to the attention of member nations,” Gene Kapp, the ACLJ’s media representative, told The Christian Post Wednesday morning.
Both the ACLJ and Present Truth Ministries (PTM), which has also been closely monitoring Nadarkhani’s case, revealed this week that it was believed that the Iranian courts may have signed an execution order for Nadarkhani. However, PTM issued a press release Wednesday saying it had learned that an execution order had in fact been signed by the Iranian courts.
“The order has not been delivered to Youcef’s family and we do not know if they will allow another appeal. We also do not know if it has been approved by the Ayatollah who is the head of the Judiciary Sadegh Larijani,” Present Truth Ministries stated in the press release.
Nadarkhani was originally arrested in Oct. 2009 for protesting the teaching of Islam at his children’s school. His charges were later changed to apostasy and attempting to evangelize Muslims. His sentence for apostasy was execution, but after much international pressure the Iranian court system delayed the verdict, passing the case to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the nation’s supreme authority, for review.
“The news out of Iran is not encouraging. With Iran now dominating international headlines because of its military actions, it’s clear Iran may have decided to move forward by issuing an execution order, knowing that the world’s attention is focused elsewhere right now,” Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ, announced in a press release Tuesday.
According to the ACLJ, it was unclear whether Nadarkhani will be able to appeal his execution order. Most of Iran’s executions are conducted in secret.
“We also know that Iran’s top officials can reject the execution order and release Pastor Youcef if they so desire. We will keep the international pressure on Iran to free Pastor Youcef,” Sekulow said.
Nadarkhani has refused to renounce his Christian faith, even though he was repeatedly pressured to recant.
Just last week, United States Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) introduced a resolution to Congress condemning Iran for imprisoning Nadarkhani and demanding his immediate release. More than 35,000 Americans signed the ACLJ petition urging members of Congress to support the resolution, entitled H. Res. 556.
That could never happen here, right? I mean, America is a country founded on a Judeo-Christian belief system. Certainly, American Christian pastors would never wind up in jail, would they?
On September 17, 2003, Canada’s House of Commons passed a bill that adds sexual orientation as a protected category in Canada’s genocide and hate-crimes legislation. According to many religious believers and free-speech advocates, the bill will criminalize public expression, including Sunday sermons, against homosexual behavior. Those convicted of violating this law face up to five years in prison. In July of 2008, the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal issued a ruling forbidding evangelical pastor Stephen Boisson from expressing his moral opposition to homosexuality. The tribunal also ordered Boisson to pay $5,000 “damages for pain and suffering” and apologize to the “human rights” activist who filed the complaint.
So you’re probably saying, “KJ, that’s Canada. Don’t be silly.”
Uh huh. Back in June of 2006, Obama said:
Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
Obama made a similar statement in an e-mail response to CBN’s David Brody in 2007:
Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.
Speaking in Turkey in July of 2011, Obama said:
We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
Consider the happenings of this week. Obama and his Administration apologized twice to President Karzai and the Afghanis for the burning of Islamic terrorists’ Qurans with the barbarians’ notes scribbled in them.
Then, think about Pastor Youcef, his family, and all those Christians living in Iran and the Middle East and pray for them.
And while you’re at it, pray long and hard for our nation.