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May 31, 2005

Religion of Peace update III: on trial in Iran for being a Christian

From Compass Direct:

A former Muslim who converted to Christianity 25 years ago, [Iranian Christian Hamid] Pourmand faces execution by hanging under Iranian law for apostasy and proselytizing....

Pourmand, 47, was arrested last September by the Iranian security police while attending a church conference near Tehran. Although a colonel in the Iranian army, he was also serving as lay pastor of an Assemblies of God congregation in Bandar-i Bushehr, the southern port city where he was living with his family.

During five months of interrogation in strict solitary confinement, Pourmand lost nearly 40 pounds. When produced before a military court, he was accused of “deceiving the Iranian armed forces” about his conversion to Christianity. Although he produced written evidence that his army superiors were fully aware of his Christian faith, he was found guilty of the charges, dishonorably discharged from the army and sentenced to three years in prison.

Why do these Iranian Moslems have so little faith in their religion that they have to threaten, jail or even execute people who leave it?

Pings: Jawa Report

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 31, 2005 08:57 AM

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