Wife of American pastor jailed in Iran speaks out
What is the latest in situation?
- Duration 6:11
- Date Mar 16, 2013
What is the latest in situation?
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Couldn't explain to them why that he was physically taken to prison.
And finally they kept saying that that -- not love us anymore.
That that -- not want to hear our voice.
And -- is held them.
That he was imprisoned.
Because human -- it.
Are switching gears and a big -- right now that heartbreaking emotional testimony from the wife of American pastor who's been sentenced by Iran to spent eight years behind bars.
He's viewed as a national security threat there and on Capitol Hill yesterday not -- -- a DD shared our husbands plight with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
She joins us now here in our studios along with George -- -- who's executive director of the American tenor.
For law and justice organization that is advocating.
For pastor studies released thanks to both of you for being here today.
Very difficult I know for you to watch.
That video of yourself yesterday on Capitol Hill testifying.
About what you're going through how difficult this is -- At this point where do things stand right now are you getting any cooperation.
From the State Department to try and true beliefs and her husband from many -- in jail.
It was very difficult yesterday but I'm glad I was trying not to be emotional but I'm glad.
American people and the congress.
Got to see how -- suffering every day.
Meehan -- kids on tape being on.
And and in the horrific prison.
It was an end -- it was a very successful hearing and that we got to be able to speak about the persecution and his imprisonment for hoping that now they'll be more action.
From the governments and done.
Kerry intensity -- and the presidents especially.
There are a lot of people -- the hearing yesterday who wanted to hear what you had to say and listening to you talk about the children.
-- -- a very very moving moment there.
How are they coping right now with the fact that their dad isn't home right now.
It's difficult I'm black and at first I was trying to hold back but I'm glad that -- got to see.
Real side -- the story of of them not coping very well they.
They think he's around the house being -- segments they've they've lost them in a way.
And they're grieving that -- they're very I'm clinging to me and there.
And they cry every night every night they're kind asking for him every time they -- -- and that's so it's very hard for me to see that and and it may tenth I am -- -- him crying Anderson and praying for a quick return for him.
Well because of mothers quite heartbreaking to have to talk your children that way.
I think a lot of people -- a difficult time understanding.
Why he is in prison right now given the fact that he was allowed to travel back and forth to Iran even though he had.
Become an American citizen and had converted to christianity what was the turning point -- now.
You know there's an election coming up in Iran in June so there is a big crack down on Christians it was interesting not win saying we talked about this yesterday at the hearing room.
We're married it's Christians so they both are converts that out -- -- much earlier they've been site which was just back in 2000 but.
But they were allowed by the and so he's been able to travel back and forth nine times in just the past few years.
The government did ask you want -- say listen you've got to stop working with the churches or you're not coming back to get -- trouble.
He said OK -- -- start this orphanage.
He's never once snuck into the country he was not tried to go without approval in fact he was there.
On this trip giving final approval for its board of directors for an orphanage that was almost ready to open -- so.
It is outrageous and I think it does show it's it's the running government trying to -- every Christian everyone is not part of there -- they're government version of she Islam that it could be you next it doesn't matter how you've been treated in the past you could be next.
You could be next.
And I found it very interesting and also sad that there was no -- a State Department who attended that high profile hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday.
How you respond to that the fact that they didn't think anyone he can say we hear you where we knew we want to support you.
Exactly and they were invited they were there were given notice and they're the ones that must be fighting.
For my husband's and and speed -- leading voice.
And they didn't show and those it was very.
Heartbreaking that they weren't there and and as as as as -- Jordan discuss.
I everything tight and I did everything fate was part of was part of legal it was not the he didn't he didn't purposely put himself out there to be.
Arrests that are taken our marriage was legal by the government they recognize our conversion and our marriage at the Christian marriage.
And even -- orphanage with government approved under government control and we were working with the government on -- -- is very.
Interest and it was it's very much.
-- shows that you running governments.
That action towards Christian aid -- -- Policy.
That they took him in such a way and and that at the US government I expect as we discussed that at the and -- hearing.
Should be a leading voice in defending our human rights not to federal.
On that point it is really quick with a few seconds left he's being tortured his health is at risk right now.
The White House has said virtually nothing about this.
What do you account for this why we still believe in an exodus of the hearing yesterday that that because of their record of speaking up for people in Iran for a year audience even.
That it must be something about the religious conversion that that is maybe.
A creating a new paradigm for them to have to deal with because we've never seen a proactive step by the administration we went to the meeting at the State Department yesterday.
That's were waiting for not just reaction to a question from someone in the press.
But a proactive step to help could say -- thanks to both of you and we wish you all the best and a coach will continue to follow the story and we thank you for your courage and bravery.
And being a great mom -- -- -- thank you thank you thanks.