A terrible situation in Iran
Iran sentences American pastor to 8 years
- Duration 4:11
- Date Jan 30, 2013
Iran sentences American pastor to 8 years
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Fact evolve -- -- terrible situation in Iran 33 -- -- he'd oddity.
American father of two Christian pastor convicted of insurrection and -- to eight years in a violent Iranian -- Cases completely bogus once again the US State Department and the president.
We condemn Iran continued violation of the universal right of freedom of religion and we call on the Iranian authorities to release mr.
-- As you know the State Department is in close contact.
With the editing family and is actively engaged on this case.
Well that's nice but I don't think Iran's exactly quaking in its proverbial boots.
Was -- authorize the shot.
Member of the group Human Rights Watch and an Iranian expert.
Don't care what Carney says -- that.
I think that international pressure actually does wind up working in several instances and cases.
We actually had a case of -- pastor Christian pastor.
Unnamed Yousef now that Carney who was actually sentenced to a -- to see which is essentially converting from Islam to another religion in this case it was christianity.
And he was sentenced to death initially for the crime of -- -- to see.
This is about two years ago because of international pressure partly from Human Rights Watch and other organizations including Christian organizations in the United States and in Europe and elsewhere.
His conviction actually was which changed he spent a little bit time in prison and he's since been released.
So you think you can bring some pressure to bear -- now the Sabatini I mean he's an American citizen.
All right he's mean and again eight years.
All those guys doing I don't even know why -- -- Iranian he's Persian by descent lives in the USA goes back to.
Persia Iran and they grant -- lot.
Well you know in the state grabbed him essentially in the summer of last year.
As he was trying to and her into Iran from Turkey.
And and the reason why they grabbed him is because he's involved in hot and home church movement in Iran -- that mr.
Bobby -- is is a Christian pastor.
And he is a converts he was born into a Muslim family.
And he decided to change your christianity he changes religious -- home church think the home church movement essentially is a -- movement in Iran.
It is relatively popular and has become more popular in recent years.
It's in some ways an underground movement because many.
Christian converts and Protestants are not allowed to build churches in Iran and as a result they hold their ceremonies in their service and that's all illegal you can't if you're an Iranian.
You gotta be -- right.
Not true there are actually Jews in Iran there are Christians and Iran -- -- Christian converts -- on.
What the one in government has a specific problem with is -- home church movements because they're very popular there are a lot of young.
Don't want anybody.
Converting anybody exactly how they get their -- big issue is evangelical Christians and see if you are not cause the -- shut up.
Well I mean I wouldn't necessarily put it that way but what I would -- a little soft on -- We'll know on soft then that.
Not afraid religion over there come another isn't -- -- -- -- -- a huge -- let's let's -- that it is American -- for eight years to do enough.
Right absolutely agree with you and Fresno and -- get a -- He should not be in -- right organizations -- cars will continue to push on the season with black and we're glad we wouldn't the American government is -- what is can't get up.
Well I mean I think at the end of the day it's easy -- in Iran and Bjorn if not authorities who have to release out.
At the end of the day his -- in jail that's what's at the end that it decked and his party and everybody else we got a statement from the new secretary of state.
Terry I'm concerned concerned as -- cut it.
So that's my frustration and I did some little backwater Vista is factions.
One point that I want to milk -- what if I can.
Is that you know Christians are not the only groups that are targeted in on the Iranian government essentially have a problem with any group whether it's secular or religious.
That challenges the orthodoxy of the staples and Christians are part of not.
But there are many other religious minorities and and I had power in America I wouldn't be going arrived here sunny thanks very much thanks Raja had.