White House statement on Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

The White House released a statement Thursday on Iran’s conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The Christian minister has been sentenced … Continued

The White House released a statement Thursday on Iran’s conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. The Christian minister has been sentenced to death by an Iranian court for refusing to to deny his faith.

The Obama administration’s statement:

The White House statement follows the condemnations of other top American leaders, including Speaker of the House John Boehner, and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Boehner’s statement:


The statement of the USCIRF also indicates that the potential execution “demonstrate(s) how the Iranian government is ratcheting up its repression of religious minorities,” confirming the findings of a recently-released International Religious Freedom Report on Iran, from the U.S. Department of State.

According to the commission’s statement, Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for nearly two years, “has (this week) appeared daily before an Iranian court demanding that he recant his faith or face execution for apostasy.”

The full State Department report on religious persecution in Iran is embedded below.

As Adelle Banks noted in her story Wednesday for Religion News Service, Nadarkhani’s case has mobilized many Christian communities and activists in the United States.

The National Association of Evangelicals issued this statement late Thursday:


Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • robgomez19841

    Hmmm. A tough one.

    Our republican base praises the death penalty even for adolescents. Our government has no quarrels with killing people despite international condemnation, as the case of Troy. Our religious fanatics feel free to attack and kill doctors who perform abortion, and their clients if the fanatics can lay their claws on them.

    So, no, the USA has no moral standing to be calling the kettle black.

    On the other hand, Iran IS a barbaric state. They believe in stoning and whipping their citizens for minor infractions. Worse than here.

    This case is soooo fking reminiscent to the medieval inquisition: RENOUNCE YOUR FAITH, RENOUNCE THE DEVIL OR WE WILL SEND YOU TO HELL.

    The only thing that can be said at this point is: THIS WORLD SUCKS.

  • jadsonpaulino

    It is time to stop this Iran’s dictatorship.

    May God be with this pastor!

  • jadsonpaulino

    It is time to stop this Iran’s dictatorship.

    May God be with this pastor!

  • sng1


  • kennaone

    Why? Iran is a sovereign nation. And with what? Our good looks? If you haven’t noticed our “illustrious” military empire is nearly broke.

  • kennaone

    Well put. Had not considered the far right’s insanity toward all doctors who provide services for women’s health. Especially in the case of late term abortions, the vast majority of cases are done because the fetus has deceased or nonviable and/or for the health/life of the mother. But no! There are no exceptions in right wing fundamentalist land – whether it be Christian or Muslim – they both have RIGID IDEOLOGIES in common.

  • fabolous

    that is why people cannot take this regime seriously. heretic christians used to do it and the church stood up and denounced it for what it was, said faith christians pretending to have God in their hearts. just as the fraudulent faith crusaders. Islamic leaders need to stop this nonsense world wide and denounce it. one problem, it is part of the doctrine and killing is what they do best.

  • fabolous

    must we have another Ron Paul lover athiest libertarian chime in on every single article?

  • theFSM

    Which god?

  • parjdy

    Right wing Christians do not kill Muslims for their beliefs. Christian fundamentalists who are not crazy denounce attacks on abortion providers and patients. They provide alternatives. I would suggest you attend a Christian church and learn what it is about, and killing doctors is not what is taught.

  • parjdy

    A Christian pastor in an Islamic Republic is sentenced to die and there is no outrage. Christians in Egypt are murdered, and their churches burned, and no outrage. However, if a muslim mosque was burned, or a muslim killed for their beliefs anywhere in the west, it would be total outrage and condemnation by the media, including this paper; and we would hear of our intolerance. I have noticed in this country intolerance does not apply if you promote Christian values.

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