Iran: Imprisoned American pastor tortured, threatened with death — “the message is you will be treated this way until you become a Muslim”
“All people of the world should be called to Islam. If anyone of them refuses to do so, or refuses to pay the Jizya they should be fought till they are killed.” — The renowned Qur’an commentator Ibn Kathir
Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Islamic Republic of Iran: “Imprisoned American says Iranian captors ‘waiting for me to deny Christ,’” by Lisa Daftari for FoxNews.com, February 22 (thanks to Daniel):
American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is facing physical and psychological torture at the hands of captors demanding he renounce his beliefs, according to supporters.
The 32-year-old married father of two, who left his home in Boise, Idaho, to help start an orphanage in his latest country, detailed “horrific pressures” and “death threats,” is a letter to family members, according to his U.S.-based attorneys.
“My eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky,” read the letter, sneaked out of Evin prison in Tehran. “They are only waiting for one thing”¦for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me.”
Abedini was sentenced to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches. The American Center for Law and Justice has provided legal support for Abedini”s family in the U.S. and is working through various government means to help win the pastor”s release. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said the fact that the torture is happening after Abedini’s trial, a sham he and his attorney were not even allowed to attend, is particularly chilling.
“This is post conviction,” Sekulow said. “This isn”t about a trial. This is about life, and the message is you will be treated this way until you become a Muslim.”
Family and friends of Abedini have long suspected the worst regarding his treatment in the prison, but the latest letter confirmed their fears.
“This is only second time we”ve heard from him, but this makes sense in light of how Christians are being treated in Iran,” Sekulow said. “He can”t communicate this message every day. It”s our job to get this important message out to everyone.”
Abedini has denied evangelizing in Iran since being arrested and admonished more than a decade ago. He has made over nine trips to Iran since 2009, but says he traveled to visit family and friends, and on his last trip over the summer of 2012, finalize details on a family established orphanage. Authorities pulled him off a bus last August and threw him into Evin prison….