The persecution of Christians is the biggest untold story in the establishment media. Consider Iran, a nation that we fear because it may soon acquire nuclear weapons.   This fear is so strong in the school of popular punditry that strategic military strikes, embargoes and a host of other fairly dramatic remedies are seriously discussed.  But is not our true fear of Iran that it is a nation which is intolerant, warlike and barbaric?

We have lived for more than fifty years with Britain and France, which each has the power to destroy most major American cities on any given day. The Soviet Union and its offspring, the thuggish Russian nation, each have a vast nuclear arsenal, as does China, which bears us no goodwill. Israel, India, Pakistan, South Africa and probably a few other nations have nuclear capacity or could acquire it quickly. Our former Axis enemies — Germany, Japan and Italy — could all go nuclear fairly quickly, if they wished.  What is it about Iran that makes us sweat?

Iran’s ruling regime is viciously hateful towards Christianity. In 2008 the Iranian Parliament passed a law requiring that all Muslim men who become Christian will be executed and that all Muslim women who become Christian be sentenced to life in prison.  In 2009 the Assyrian Pentecostal Church in Teheran closed its doors after threats from the government. In October 2010, the Ayatollah Kahmenei, the spiritual leader of Iran’s Shia community, called “house churches” are a threat to Iran’s national security.  Two months later, the day after Christmas, 25 Christians in Teheran were arrested.

The next month Morteza Tamadon, Governor of Teheran, called Christian evangelicals a “cultural invasion of the enemy” and he described these as “hard line” missionaries who ‘inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite.” Since then the persecution of Christians has intensified. In the last six months 285 Christians have been arrested in 35 different cities in Iran. Those who are arrested are often kept in solitary confinement and often abused physically and psychologically. A major Muslim cleric in Iran recently said that the spread of Christianity was a greater threat than Satanism.

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