Thursday, 29 September 2011

Christian Pastor Receives Death Sentence

Cranmer has raised a campaign which I think warrants considerable attention: a Christian pastor in Iran has been sentenced to death for apostasy, despite this being in breach of Iran's own constitution, and its obligations under international law.

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani
Pastor Nadarkhani is under threat of the death penalty unless he publicly recants his Christianity and re-affirms his Islamic faith. This kind of sentencing hasn't been seen in Europe since the Spanish Inquisition.

Predictably, however, because Pastor Nadarkhani is a Christian, nobody gives a shit. Twitter came alive last week when the US executed Troy Davis, a convicted murderer, but when Iran moves to execute a Christian simply for expressing his own faith in a Muslim country, nobody bats an eyelid.

I have e-mailed the Iranian Embassy to urge the Iranian Government to intervene in this case, acquit Nadarkhani of all charges and release him immediately. I ask everyone who reads this to do the same by clicking here. Nobody, regardless of who they are, should be persecuted for their religious beliefs.