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February 22, 2005

Two stories...or one?

From The Christian Post:

A Tehran military court sentenced a 47-year-old Assemblies of God lay pastor to a three-year prison term on Wednesday, five months after his arrest with more than 80 other Christian leaders. The verdict came during the second and final session of a military trial that begun in late January.

According to Compass News, Hamid Pourmand, a former army colonel who became a Christian nearly 25 years ago, was found guilty of deceiving the Iranian army forces by not declaring that he was a convert from Islam to Christianity when he acquired officer rank. Under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is illegal for a non-Muslim to serve as a military officer.

Then the very next day:

A powerful earthquake toppled mud-built homes and flattened villages in central Iran on Tuesday, killing at least 190 people and injuring more than 1,000, state-run television reported. A senior official said the final death toll could reach 350.

Could Someone be trying to get a certain oppressive country's attention? Hmmm.

Posted by Jack Lewis at February 22, 2005 11:46 AM

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