The case of the Iranian pastor sentenced to death for his faith has attached a human face to the horrible situation of Christians in the Middle East.

While Youcef Nadarkhani awaits the death sentence for practicing his religion in Iran, scores of Christians across the Middle East are fleeing their countries amid rising hostility. Sadly, the religious diversity of the Middle East is rapidly vanishing.

In contrast to pervasive terror attacks against Christians, Nadarkhani’s case garnered tremendous media coverage, including a statement from the U.S. State Department demanding that Iran halt his execution.

The pressing urgency of Nadarkhani’s case cannot be overstated enough. Earlier this month, he refused to renounce his Christian beliefs and recognize the prophet Mohammed as God’s messenger.

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