And in light of the situation, the reality of the above sentence is in and of itself a complete travesty!!!
Here is the situation, copying from the Washington Post:
Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and execution sentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court has determined that Nadarkhani has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Iran’s supreme court had previously ruled that the trial court must determine if Youcef had been a Muslim before converting to Christianity. However, the judges, acting like terrorists with a hostage, demanded that he recant his faith in Christ before even taking evidence. The judges stated that even though the judgment they have made is against the current Iranian and international laws, they have to uphold the previous decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom.
Here's the the link to the full article: Christian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces potential execution.
Stunned about this. Heartbroken for Pastor Nadarkhani, for his wife and children. Praying fervently for him right now.
Taking this from another blog I read about the situation, it sums up actions steps that can and should be taken:
- EDUCATE. Read the story below from the Washington Post and educate yourselves. [here for RSS readers]
- ADVOCATE. Click this email form to write the Iranian embassy, urging them NOT to go ahead with the execution following the trial. I’ve included a copy of my letter in the comments.
- PRAY. Pray. And pray some more.
- SHARE. Share Pastor Yousef’s story and faith.
And pray...pray...pray for Pastor Yousef Madarkhani.