What Christians must do about Iran

As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the … Continued

As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the news cycle, Iran is quietly implementing its radical Islamist agenda.

BEHROUZ MEHRI

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech under portraits of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah ALi Khamenei (L) and Iran’s founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (R) on the eve of the 22nd anniversary of the revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Khomeini’s death on June 3, 2011. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his assertion that there will be no tranquility in the Middle East as long as Tehran’s archfoe, Israel, continues to exist.

In just the last two weeks, Iran has sentenced Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to death just for being a Christian, in what the U.S. State Department has noted would be the first such Iranian state execution for one’s faith since 1990. When this blatant human rights violation caught the attention of the international community, the Iranian regime attempted to calm the outcry by giving Pastor Nadarkhani a choice – renounce his Christian faith or die.

While the Ayatollah’s regime continues oppressing its own people and threatening the stability of the Middle East, there have been new concerns raised in Capitol Hill hearings about Iran and its puppet Hezbollah in Latin America.

Iran cannot be allowed to increase its threat by obtaining nuclear weapons. That is why I have joined many Christian leaders from across America, including Dr. Richard Land, John Hagee, and Tony Perkins in signing a letter from Christian Leaders for a Nuclear-Free Iran – an ad-hoc coalition of evangelical, Roman Catholic and other faith leaders representing 25 million Americans – to the White House, Congress, and ambassadors around the world calling for urgent action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

The letter provides:

We know that Iran’s nuclear weapons program and other actions will further destabilize the Middle East, lead to an arms race, and threaten the United States and its allies . . . .

Iran, with its terrorist proxies Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others, is defiant, confrontational and aggressive. Iran is continuing its nuclear program and taking advantage of the “Arab Spring” to expand its threatening reach. We need the help of all thoughtful nations to stand together against this threat.

Iran’s greatest threat lies in its strategic opposition to Israel and its attempt to thwart peaceful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. By supporting Hamas, controlling Hezbollah and assisting the anti-Israel Syrian regime’s violent suppression of anti-Assad protesters, the leaders of Iran have solidified their nation’s standing as pariah of the Middle East.

The letter also states:

The Iranian-backed Palestinians’ aim to do an end-run around direct negotiations with Israel by calling on the United Nations to preemptively declare Palestinian statehood will only embolden extremists and make lasting peace less likely. Their resolution may also call for an immediate right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendents into Israel – which would swamp Israel demographically and destroy Israel’s very nature as being the one and only homeland for the Jewish people. Indeed, under Israel’s control Christians have open, free and safe access to the Holy Places which was not the case before 1967.

Christians, the United States government, and other freedom-loving nations and peoples of the world must take action now to prevent Iran from further implementing their radical agenda and continue to stand in support of liberty and freedom around the world.

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