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Incidents like these show the brittleness and weakness of the Islamic regime that so intimidates the Western world. Islamic Tolerance Alert from the Islamic Republic of Iran: “Isfahan: Protestant clergyman tortured for ‘converting Muslims,'” from AsiaNews, March 10 (thank to C. Cantoni):
Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – A protestant clergyman, Wilson Issavi, has been jailed for “converting Muslims”. He has been tortured and threatened with execution. According to the Farsi Christian Network, Issavi’s wife, Medline Nazanin, recently visited her husband in prison. She said that he was in poor health and that he bore visible signs of torture.
Rev Issavi (pictured), 65, was arrested on 2 February in Isfahan shortly after he finished a house meeting. He heads the Evangelical Church of Kermanshah in Isfahan, a 50-year-old church body affiliated with The Assemblies of God that caters to the local Assyrian population.
Iranian intelligence officials told his wife that he might be executed for his alleged activities….
According to Compass Direct News, a sweep against Protestant Christians is taking place across Isfahan. On 28 February, Isfahan residents Hamid Shafiee and his wife Reyhaneh Aghajary, both converts from Islam and house church leaders, were arrested at their home. Their fate and whereabouts are still unknown….
Official controls and police bans appear to be motivated by suspicions that Christians are involved in proselytising but also by fear that their meeting might hide activities by opponents of the clerical regime.