Pastor Saeed Abedini has been severely beaten in Iran while being transferred from the hospital, which he spent the last two months in, back to Rajai Shahr prison, the American Center for Law and Justice reported.
"This is an extremely disappointing development - one that breaks my heart," said Abedini's wife, Naghmeh. "Our family is deeply saddened and we continue to pray for Saeed - for his safety and his release. We are very grateful that so many people around the world continue to pray for Saeed."
The ACLJ, which represents Naghmeh and the couples' two children in the U.S., reported on Tuesday that the transfer occurred without any advance notice. Abedini's family members in Iran added that he was "severely beaten" during the incident, though the precise nature of his injuries was not described. more >>
Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian pregnant mother in Sudan who has been sentenced to 100 lashes and death, has refused to renounce her faith to save her life, sparking global petitions demanding her release.
"The Sudanese judge who sentenced her to death gave her three chances to recant - to abandon her Christian faith. Meriam refused. 'I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian,' she said," wrote American Center for Law and Justice Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow in a message on Tuesday.
"She won't abandon her faith. We must not abandon her." more >>
The Republic of Sudan must not be allowed to get away with sentencing a pregnant Christian woman to 100 lashes and death because of a strict Islamic law, persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern has said. It has also started a social media campaign for her freedom and is asking people to join.
"When we first heard this story, we did not want Sudan to feel like they could go through with this case without the world knowing, without the world watching. When people aren't watching and don't take notice, that's when human rights abuses are going to take place," William Stark, ICC Regional Manager for Africa, told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Friday.
The case concerns a pregnant Sudanese woman, 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim, who has been accused by Sudan's Public Order Criminal Code of adultery and apostasy for marrying her Christian husband, who she already has one child with. Under the Islamic regime of President Omar al-Bashir, who has stated that he wants a "purely Islamic society," Ibrahim is still considered a Muslim because she was born as one, despite being raised as an Orthodox Christian and marrying Daniel Wani, who ICC said is an American citizen. more >>
A fundraising event that featured the screening of a yet-to-be released political thriller hosted by the film's producer and a Southern California church to help purchase a home for the family of Pastor Saeed Abedini was called a success by organizers.
Daniel Lusko, writer and director of the film "Persecuted," partnered with Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel to host the movie event at a theater in the Palm Springs area. Saeed Abedini's wife, Naghmah, attended the screening. Organizers said the theater was sold out ($10 donations for tickets) in an hour and they could have sold out two more theater screenings.
"Events like we experienced last night with Naghmah Abadini are the reason this film exists, allowing the movie to benefit people around the world with real struggles," Lusko told The Christian Post. "I hope this film will not only aide in creating a movement of awareness that will lead to Pastor Saeed's freedom, but also a greater awakening that will bridge the gap between Americans and those suffering from persecution overseas." more >>
For several years my wife and I attended a little church in Virginia called St. Peter's. Every Sunday during the "Prayers of the People" we would pray for persecuted Christians throughout the world, and each week, two different countries would be named. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria, Nigeria . . .far off places that seem so foreign and remote from everyday life in America.
I sometimes wonder how seriously we took those prayers. I don't doubt that our intentions were sincere; I simply recognize that for most Americans the kind of persecution suffered by Christians around the world is utterly inconceivable. As citizens of the freest society mankind has ever known, it is almost impossible for us to truly empathize with the plight of those who live in daily fear of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture or execution for their religious beliefs.
The recent kidnappings in Nigeria by the Islamic militant group Boka Haram has cast the issue of religious persecution – of Christians in particular – into the spotlight, and begs the question: Why have American Christians been so silent on the subject of religious persecution of their spiritual brethren around the world? It is a question many leaders within the American Christian community are asking, and there appears to be universal consensus that continued silence and inaction on this issue is unacceptable. more >>
WASHINGTON – A teenage girl whose family was murdered nearly three years ago by Boko Haram for being Christian has finally spoken about her experience.
Deborah Peters, a native of Northern Nigeria who is now 15, described the murder of her father and brother at the hands of Boko Haram at a Hudson Institute event on Tuesday afternoon.
Peters was from Chibok, the very same village that terrorists raided in April and abducted hundreds of school girls, forcing them into marriages with Boko Haram leadership. more >>