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Jay Sekulow: Will the State Department finally speak out for Pastor Saeed Abedini?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Last Friday’s standing-room only hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was among the most dramatic I’ve witnessed.  There was outrage – outrage not just from me as I declared the State Department “AWOL” in our quest to free an American Pastor, Saeed Abedini — a U.S. citizen — captured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and now held hostage in Iran’s most brutal prison – but also from the members of the Human Rights Commission.

In his passionately-delivered remarks, Congressman Trent Franks noted that the Obama State Department had issued dozens and dozens of press releases since Pastor Saeed’s arrest and conviction, yet not one called for Pastor Saeed’s release.  To the State Department, posting about “Spring Break for Smart Travelers” was apparently more important than the fate of an American citizen being beaten and abused in an Iranian jail.

But there wasn’t just outrage at that hearing – tears flowed as well.  Unlike many Christians who are persecuted and abused in Iran, Pastor Saeed has an American family here at home, living in Idaho. On Friday, his courageous wife, Naghmeh, became his voice before the Commission.

Pastor Saeed is, truly, in chains for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. . . .

You can read the rest of this article which is cross-posted here at FOXNews.com

Jay Sekulow


  • Brittney Switala-HisRadio

    Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed as he and Nagemah will need to work on some of their issues from the past- plus medical issues and the potential of PTSD. https://www.slantnews.com/story/2016-01-18-pastor-saeed-abedini-leaves-one-prison-in-iran-to-face-another-at-home-porn-addiction

  • WesnMichele Locker

    We the people, regardless of our beliefs, have the right to believe
    and speak our beliefs as we are guaranteed this under the constitution.
    For the Vice President of this country to publicly state that Christians
    should be eradicated from the planet AND that we are bigots and a small
    minority of this country –

    Vice President Biden “Every ridiculous
    assertion from Dr. Carson on — I mean, ridiculous. I mean, J****, G**,”
    Biden exclaimed before the LGBT crowd. “Oh G**. I
    mean, it’s kind of hard to fathom, isn’t it?”

    The vice president then resorted to name calling, insinuating that
    Carson and others who ascribe to the biblical view of homosexuality
    should be eradicated from the planet in the name of “equality” and

    “We’re never going to be able to eliminate the bigots,” Biden
    continued his rant. “They’re a small percentage of the population.”

    a publicly elected official to speak with so much hated and disdain for
    a LARGE percentage of the population and to suggest that there should
    be some sort of genocide executed against Christians is not only
    unthinkable, and unprofessional, but worthy of removal from office.

    I call for a major public outcry across this nation for all Christians
    and all people of this free United States of America, to standup and to
    condemn these comments as unconscionable. Please spread this post
    across every social media venue available..

  • Murry Ferris

    Unfortunately Pastor Saeed is just another casualty of what I believe is a very crafty Administration. “We are working hard to change America” was stated by our president early on, but we forgot to ask him what he was planning to change it into. A dysfunctional foreign policy is just a part of the “strategy” to bring about change. And, the life’s of Pastor Saeed and his family are simply not important in this new scheme.

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