Today, Rep. Joe Pitts (PA) introduced a resolution calling for the release of an Iranian sentenced to death by hanging—Youcef Nadarkhani. Nadarkhani has been in prison since 2009. His crime—refusing to renounce his faith in Isa (Jesus of Nazareth).
Nadarkhani was initially arrested when he went to his children’s school to protest a new requirement that forced his children to read the Koran. He made this request because the Iranian constitution guarantees religious freedom.
President Barack Obama has also called for this innocent man’s freedom: “The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people…. We call upon the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadarkhani.”
“For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). When I learned those words as a boy, I knew they weren’t hypothetical; Communist governments were persecuting Christians from Bulgaria to China to Cuba. Today Islamic governments form the vice that bleeds Christians. Please pray for Youcef Nadarkhani and his family.