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Iranian Pastor Nadarkhani Refuses to Deny Christ in Exchange for Freedom

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    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Jan 17
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January 17, 2012

Iran has once again asked imprisoned Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani to renounce his faith and accept the Islamic prophet Muhammad as his savior with the promise of securing his release, but Nadarkhani has refused, the Christian Post reports. "The latest attempt to pressure Pastor Yousef to acknowledge Muhammad as a messenger of God violates both the Iranian constitution and various principles of international law, to which Iran is obliged to uphold," said Tiffany Barrans, international legal director at the American Center for Law and Justice. Iran has received international criticism for violating international civil and political rights laws in Nadarkhani's case, which is still awaiting a verdict from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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