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Well last week -- run.
Iran's government agents hauled off a Christian pastor midway through the service.
A week later they shut down the church the largest Persian language that apostle church in the country agents also closed -- simple Assemblies of God church in Tehran.
Christian -- make up a relatively small percentage of the country but are seen as still a threat -- Islamic regime especially now just two weeks before the June 14 election.
That will replace that's in the -- we've not been in time.
And here to explain the growing tensions as police say that -- a foxnews.com contributor.
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What we see this a lot.
But how common is it that -- the ones we're not saying.
It's extremely common and then we're almost surprised that they didn't shut down this church before.
This is happening all the time and fortunately you really have so much time and then an ability to cover these pastors being.
Persecuted and Iran obviously.
Was played on the TVs -- isn't as big one because he's an right way in Indiana Fox News has been covering his case before that you could not -- was another life.
And he needs of the content and you know what common means -- that there are so many.
Other than that he -- his conversion from Islam to christianity is the threat that the regime wants to contain and by containing.
The Farsi language -- Persian language.
Ability took to praying.
In that language they'd be they'd almost hope to stop this drain from Islam to Christians understand it it's OK if it's -- Crew because of such LA was -- really understand back and -- -- warned that the Christians.
But these are the Iran in.
Christians they're all converts from more for the most part converts from from his -- and -- obviously.
It in in light of the persecution -- also seeing a growing trend among good.
Muslims to convert to christianity.
Because this solution by the government to -- you know this theocracy for the last 34 years since the revolution.
Who had created a very -- -- Despite that they haven't they haven't lived up to the expectations of how -- it is great Islamic visionary people all from from that practicing Islam people when they -- -- -- a a religion of you know stopping them from living -- -- in there you know social religious cultural.
Why -- they fear though Christians because at the article talks about that.
Christians -- about a 100000.
In a country of 75 million why do they fear Christian right it's a very small -- said the population but christianity represents.
Western culture represent the western way.
Of -- and also you have to look at the second reason being that it's a theocracy it's blindly.
You know controlling the population of 75 million in the -- the ball alive in the name of -- -- in the name of Islam.
And it's it's it's of the big -- to bear.
You know preaching or using the religion to control the masses they have -- lot of -- Christian churches are actually operating in -- there underground and they have to write because they can't just go to the corner of church and and and practice freely because they're not in -- -- convert.
And -- you know converting to christianity from Islam is punishable by death by -- along.
So this is created the need for underground churches where they can.
And and and -- christianity how -- it how often does that happen that the sentence is actually carried out that they actually will.
Given deaths have been to some and is a converted from and some of the snow we've seen more -- -- A very long -- prison sentence is an obviously the international community's.
Start these campaigns and Human Rights Watch his.
But we see more of the yield you no longer prison sentences but they are.
A -- has been carried out before.
They've been they've taken out entire.
Catholic school the Christian school -- in in and Iran killed all be professors I I interviewed a couple of years ago.
Say a student that that attend that you've been in Los Angeles and it just.
So traumatized by the fact that the school that he attended all the teachers all his memories.
-- he showed me pictures of seven of his of his former teachers were just taken them until.
What is the percentage of Christians that have left.
Iran or have we utility it would be how those numbers at all of -- to -- -- admit they have Christians back right that's long been.
Then I don't have exact statistics but a lot of them are leaving the country.
-- you know and as well as others who are you know journalists or musicians or dancers or -- or homosexuals -- And people who cannot freely practice.
You know living outside of the margins that the regime dictate what the Arab Spring what happened about -- praying that.
We all bought or many of us thought would bring this sort of new sense of democracy to the Middle East and particularly in -- -- Well the people of Iran are increasingly becoming more secular increasingly wanting their freedoms.
Mean just because they don't happen doesn't mean that they can't look out into the world and then go onto the Internet and you know again in the last 34 years this country has only produced a population of young -- -- Modern secular Iran onions who -- to the other side of the oceans and and and want those freedoms but.
Beer and the idea that there's Arab Spring and instead of -- incident an Arab.
-- -- I -- in the sense.
Is that going to affect the election in Iran on June -- doesn't look at.
You know who's going to replace her mother and is that I'm assuming didn't happier place because we have -- -- -- the Iranians aren't married so that the idea of an Arab Spring.
When we -- he started with the with Egypt with.
Iran had its Arab Spring if you want to call even though they're not -- Maybe four years ago of -- even think 34 years ago the four years ago because they had the election the crackdowns were so brutal this time around.
A lot of the run ins are looking at this election and until it's an election show they're calling it.
Because it's it's set up -- that base they view it -- something that's not going to be you know accurately.
Voicing -- wants and needs a -- of the people -- eight candidates that currently stand her vetted by the guardian council which means that they would only.
Want -- solid -- echo the what the media is doing.
So you know I I think a lot of -- going to be boycotting the election there's a lot of movements -- a lot of you know FaceBook pages -- and Twitter.
Movements so to speak -- -- of the whipping boy when it comes to cracking down as that you proposed elections or.
As I've heard that there it Muslims are actually the victims as well -- war not.
Practicing the certain brand of Islam that's in Iran if it could be any group he could -- look at journalism you can look at photojournalist you -- look at that and poets and you can look at.
You know anyone -- As as somebody I interviewed -- very -- -- if you stay out of politics if you stay within the again prescribed lifestyle that the regime wants then you're safe but otherwise.
You know anyone is -- the victim of this Lisa Gephardt thank you so much for being here -- -- on the fox dot com.
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