Iranian christian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy under barbaric shariah law

October 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Like apostasy, the propagation of non-Islamic religions is forbidden under Islamic law.

Between June 2010 and January 2011, more than 200 people in Iran were arrested for their religious beliefs, according to Elam Ministries, a United Kingdom-based church with ties to Iran….

Youcef Nadarkhani converted from Islam to Christianity when he was 19. Now he’s a 34-year-old pastor facing execution by Iran for apostasy.

Because it involves the barbaric persecution of one of their coreligionists, Christian conservatives in the US and Europe have been doing their best to focus the world’s attention on Pastor Nadarkhani’s case. But anyone who believes in freedom, self-determination and human dignity ought to be appalled. The idea that any state in 2011 reserves for itself the right to punish a citizen for rejecting official theology is not a matter for debate. It’s backward, fascistic and disgusting.


[He] was initially charged with protesting, but charges against him were later changed to ‘apostasy’ – or abandoning Islam – and ‘ evangelizing Muslims’, which both carry the death sentence.

He was later tried and found guilty of apostasy in September 2010, and sentenced to death by the court in the city of Rasht.