While President Obama is busy offering Iran a deal that they can’t refuse—we lift the sanctions while they get to enrich more uranium and create more centrifuges—Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains locked up in prison. Abedini, an American citizen, was given an 8 year sentence for “evangelical activities.”
In November, Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) wrote a letter to the President asserting the following:
Freedom of religion is, has been and must always be, among the great freedoms citizens of America possess. The prominence with which the United States holds freedom of religion must remain clear. Mr. President, the world looks to you as the face of our nation when gauging our commitment to ensuring this inalienable right is never subject to threat or restriction.
Pastor Saeed Abedini’s situation in Iran has dramatically worsened since you discussed his captivity with President Rouhani in September. On November 3 2013, Pastor Abedini was transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison, which was described by Dutch diplomat Loes Bijen as a prison “where political prisoners who are seen as a nuisance are stowed away” and collocated with murders, rapists and drug addicts.
Marius Forte’, author of the new book The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven, states, “By ignoring the imprisonment of an American citizen, in an act that contradicts American and international law and custom, President Obama is also ignoring one of the most fundamental rights of American citizens, and that is freedom of religion.” As a sovereign state, Iran had the right to expel Abedini; but instead they chose to imprison him for activities that are not considered to be a crime in the United States, to wit, practicing his religious faith.
Forte’ continues, “Almost every President, who is the head of the US Government, is sworn into office with his hand on the Holy Bible. He does so on the steps of the Capitol building. He is not imposing a certain religion on any of us; yet he acknowledges and confirms our Judeo-Christian beliefs openly and on a public square.” Obama, in fact, was sworn in the second time with his hand on two Bibles!
“Furthermore,” Forte notes, “the cruel and illegal detention of Pastor Abedini should highlight to the public the lack of religious freedom not only in Iran but throughout the Muslim world.” Indeed, the prosecution of Christians, a prosecution that has accelerated in violence and ferocity since Obama has been in office, is being completely ignored by this administration. This violence, against Christian communities that are indigenous to the Arab and Islamic world, communities that pre-date the advent of Islam by many centuries, is the human rights crisis of our time.
This turning of a blind eye in the face of atrocity and genocide reminds one of how the so-called progressives turned their back on the colossal crimes of Communist regimes during the Cold War. Obama, in this respect, is carrying on with the selective and amoral policies of past progressives.
Schedule Marius Forte’ for an intriguing debate of the spiritual concepts presented in this newly released book, The Answer: Proof of God in Heaven
Born in Vienna, he traveled and worked extensively throughout Europe,
most of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, exploring religions, cultures
and political systems. He is a practicing Catholic.
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