A Christian pastor in Iran has twice refused to recant his faith in court and could be executed within days, which would make him the first since 1990 to be put to death by the government for apostasy.
Yousef Nadarkhani, who leads a 400-person house church movement, refused in court on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 to recant Christianity and was scheduled to get two more chances on Sept. 27 and Sept. 28, according to the British-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which monitors religious freedom.
If he refuses the next two times to recant, he will be executed, CSW reported.
Unlike the case of the two American hikers who were freed, Nadarkhani’s case has yet to receive widespread worldwide attention, although the Christian community has followed it since his arrest in 2009.
“The American interfaith delegation … who made headlines when they traveled to Tehran and secured the release of the two American hikers last week should pack their bags again,” Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center on Religious Freedom and a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, wrote Sept. 26. “They need to make a return trip. And they better hurry.”Continue Reading on www.bpnews.net