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Mattingly: A doomed Iranian pastor [Yawn!]

Why doesn’t the press care that Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani faces execution for refusing to deny Jesus Christ?

The former Muslim turned Christian preacher in Iran has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings held in Rasht, Gilan Province, on September 25 and 26.

“Sources close to Christian Solidarity Worldwide indicate that recanting will again be demanded at sessions scheduled for September 27 and 28, and that if he continues to refuse, he will be executed thereafter,” writes Christian author Terry Mattingly on the website GetReligion, who observes:

Once again, we find ourselves in the parallel universe of alternative, advocacy, alternative, “conservative news.”


The only problem is that the story in question is worthy of actual mainstream news. There is nothing “conservative” about it, for old-fashioned liberals who are committed to religious liberty and human rights, as defined by the United Nations.

Pastor Nadarkhani was tried and found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam) in September 2010 by the court of appeals in Rasht. The verdict was delivered verbally in court, while written confirmation of the death sentence was received nearly two months later. At the appeal in June 2011, the Supreme Court of Iran upheld Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s sentence, but asked the court in Rasht, which issued the initial sentence, to re-examine whether or not he had been a practicing Muslim adult prior to converting to Christianity. The written verdict of the Supreme Court’s decision included provision for annulment of the death sentence if Pastor Nadarkhani recanted his faith.


Following investigation, the court in Rasht has ruled that Pastor Nadarkhani was not a practicing Muslim adult before becoming a Christian. However, the court has decided that he remains guilty of apostasy because he has Muslim ancestry.

Mattingly applauds the Washington Post‘s “On Faith” section for covering the story, however:

Sadly, this piece of hard news is found in the midst of a blog post that, while backed by numerous links to hard documentation, is written in a rather typical advocacy journalism style. That’s normal, at a conservative weblog — even one hosted by the Post.

My point, once again, is simple: Where is the actual news coverage by the mainstream press? This is a life-or-death issue in a land that is of great concern, these days, to the U.S. government.

Recalling the coverage given to three American hikers held by the Iranians when they strayed into Iran, Mattingly notes that the mainstream press will scover Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani when he is dead.

Mattingly sadly adds:

If only he was an American who was hiking, not a blasphemer in Iran.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment peter

    I am praying for this man tonight

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Peter O

    Praying anxiously for Youcef, his family, his legal team, the Christian community in Iran…It’s late in the evening Tuesday here on the Pacific Coast. Well into the day on Wednesday morning in Rasht, Iran. Youcef may be standing before the court momentarily. I pray for strength, courage. It sounds like a bleak situation but I am hoping and praying for Youcef’s life to be spared.

    I can’t read Persian but have tried to read the court’s website via google translate and in desperation, have been sending messages to the court, pleading for mercy.

    Remain strong, Brother Youcef!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tara Harrell

    I think he should be rescued by a christian nation…it’s sad that America is not stepping up to the plate as they would if we had a (practicing)Christian president who took our nations values into consideration.But maybe some other Christian nation will save him…may God bless and be with him I am certain he already is!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Pastor Gary Grubbs

    This World Has Gotten So Sad That We Wont Even Stand Up For Gods People,This Preacher Is Gonna Be In Heaven Before He Falls,I Pray Gods Will Be Done In This Matter AND His Family Will Be Taken Care Of By God And His People

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dan Talbot

    The mainstream media are booger-brained hypocrites whose collective ability to think and reason equals about two neurons of an insect’s brain.

    I am sick of stories on liberal hikers who profane their own country, let them stay in their oppressor’s country. Real Americans don’t denounce their country even under duress. If our POW heroes can buck up so can these pudin’-headed youngsters from Generation X-Lax.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sue Wilkerson

    Why is it that thousands of Christians are being persecuted and even murdered daily in Muslim dominated countries…yet the Main stream media does not give this horrid JIHAD against Christianity even a passing mention? And now, here is a Christian Pastor who is going to be murdered , for no CRIME, just because he IS a Christian…and once again, the PRESS ignores the entire situation. WHY? Because of their fear of reprisals from the MUSLIMS! Yes, FEAR! They remember the violence that followed the printing of a CARTOON of mohammad, a simple line drawing of a Muslim with a bomb in his turban.And they do not want THEIR buildings to receive the same treatment…so an innocent man must die!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment louise

    I have prayed day and night for this man, what is the lords will, and how could the lord be glorified, what ever happens. our president is a Coward, also the news liberal they just doesn’t care. The president can apologized to the Muslims for everything, but can’t stand up for any Christians, because he is not a Christian , where is the president’s practicing christian actions, their is none. For the longest time he couldn’t even said God bless American. what a joke the president of USA is .May God be with this Christian Preacher man and his Family.

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