Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pastor Nadarkhani: NO ANNULMENT of the death sentence


Contra rumours being spread by (inter alia) Mehdi Hasan of the New Statesman, His Grace has received authoritative notification that sources inside Iran have firmly denied reports that a verbal notification of the annulment of the charges against Pastor Nadarkhani has been given to his lawyer, Mr Mohammad Ali Dadkhah.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is urging that conclusions should not be drawn on this case until a formal written verdict is received from the court, stating: 'Continued international vigilance and pressure is vital: the life of this man is still very much in the balance.'

Some sources close to the situation fear that reports of a verbal annulment may have been a deliberate attempt to misinform the international community and ease the pressure on the regime. It is disappointing that some high-profile journalists have become party to such vile propaganda.

CSW has facilitated the sending of over 19,000 emails from campaigners to the Iranian embassy in the UK and continues to pursue advocacy on behalf of Pastor Nadarkhani. CSW’s Chief Executive Officer, Mervyn Thomas said: “CSW urges caution over the recent reports of verbal annulment of the charges against Pastor Nadarkhani. Until a written verdict is confirmed to have been received by credible sources, there must be no let up in pressure on the Iranian regime. Continued international vigilance and pressure is vital: the life of this man is still very much in the balance.”

His Grace is appreciative of those at The Spectator who have highlighted this appalling case: namely Alex Massie and Freddie Gray.

23 Comments:

Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

A forlorn hope, but what influence does Islam in the UK have in Iran. Do we have any opinion from mosques here ?

29 September 2011 at 18:50  
Blogger Preacher said...

The World watches to see if the law of Islam is merciful.
A good point OIG.
Will the moderate Muslim people speak out & ask for mercy or will they maintain a deafening silence? The wrong verdict will harm the credibility of Islam for decades.

29 September 2011 at 20:32  
Blogger Dan Stork Banks said...

Hi YG,

I have created a Facebook group in support of Pastor Youcef as I could not see an active one. Would you and your supporters like to join? I think if it can get a 1000 or more members I will send the result to the Iranian embassy (and probably a few influential churchmen). Maybe give it a tweet?

http://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/100263290083872/

Thanks

29 September 2011 at 20:34  
Blogger The Way of the Dodo said...

A head on confrontation with Iran will not help Pastor Nadarkhani. It will be turned into a defence of Iranian sovereignty in the face of hostile forces.

The political situation in Iran is delicately poised and Christianity is a real threat. The regime will misuse any public attacks on Islam by the West to reinforce its own hold on its people and will seek to demonise Christians.

If Yousef's life is to be saved, delicate and quite diplomacy will be needed to compliment more public expressions of outrage.

30 September 2011 at 00:09  
Blogger Oswin said...

Dodo: I couldn't agree more. It's not the time for ranting and raving.

30 September 2011 at 01:39  
Blogger C.Law said...

Preacher:

"The World watches to see if the law of Islam is merciful."

It is not a question of mercy - this prosecution is in contravention of the international covenants to which Iran is a signatory, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees freedom of religion and freedom to change one’s religion. It also violates article 23 of the Iranian Constitution, which states that no-one should be 'molested' or 'taken to task' simply for holding a certain belief, as HG has pointed out in an earlier post.

"A good point OIG.
Will the moderate Muslim people speak out & ask for mercy or will they maintain a deafening silence?"

The latter would be consistent with their previous inaction and reluctance to condemn all but the most horrific acts of terror, and then seemingly only under public pressure.

"The wrong verdict will harm the credibility of Islam for decades."

What credibility?

30 September 2011 at 03:59  
Blogger asdfsdfadf said...

It's not the time for ranting and raving.

So if you're ever under sentence of death for apostasy, it's okay if we all ignore you.

Right-o.

30 September 2011 at 06:30  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Given the well-documented persecution of the Sufi muslims in Iran, and their guvmint's attacks on the Baha'i ...

Don't expect anything.

It is worth remembering that islam is 622 years behind christianity, and we were still burning people alive for being the wrong sort of christian, as recently as 400 years ago (11th April 1612)
Isn't religion wonderful?

Perhaps I should put in a word for the guvmint of Kazakstan here, unlikely as that may seem?
They are worried about militant/political islam, and are about to pass a new "secularisation lw, which inter alia states:
""the historic role of the Hanafi school of Islam and of the Christian Orthodox faith in the cultural and spiritual development of the Kazakh nation"
Further details ...
The new law bans prayer rooms in all state institutions, only allowing religious ceremonies to take place out of office hours. "No single religion can establish itself as official or compulsory," Kairat Lama Sharif, head of the Kazakh government's Religions Agency, told deputies of the Mazhilis chamber when presenting the law. "Thus," he said "the emphasis is being laid on the secular nature of our state. It is high time ... not to allow the spread of such extremes as immorality and radical religious ideas." Foreign missionary activity will also be outlawed and missionaries can be expelled if the person poses "a real threat to the constitutional order and public peace", it states.

Now, that's the way to do it!

30 September 2011 at 08:32  
Blogger Preacher said...

C.Law.
Thank you. your comments highlight the points that I made perfectly.
We know from Dr Cranmer's Blog the legal situation, but will Iran follow it? or will some "loophole" be invented to circumvent it? Islam represents itself as a fair & peaceful faith but is it really, do the people have a voice, or are they in the grip of tyranny & fear?.
If Islam wishes to be a major player in World affairs (It does) then it has to show that it has credibility. If it is seen as a throwback to the dark ages that will damage it's chances & keep it sidelined for decades.

30 September 2011 at 11:15  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

G Tingey

I can also think of a few words for the Govt of Kazakhstan - corrupt and evil are near the top of the list I'm afraid.

30 September 2011 at 16:15  
Blogger DP111 said...

If the death penalty is not implemented, I would recommend that pastor Nadarkhani is given asylum asap.

If not, he is in grave danger.

This is how it works.

1. The authorities bow to international pressure or become mindful that the death sentence is causing great harm to Islam.

2. He is released as a consequence.

3. Soon after, the condemned person is killed by enraged mobs (who BTW had been made excitable by the imams who wanted the sentence carried out).

Now everyone is happy.

The authorities are satisfied, and so are the imams.

The international community is satisfied that the condemned was not executed, but just happened to be murdered by Islamic fanatics. And as we all "know", most Muslims are moderate, and only al Qaeda types are the problem.

30 September 2011 at 19:39  
Blogger uk Fred said...

But noiw, according to CNN, the charge is Rape.

1 October 2011 at 09:58  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Blimey.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/09/30/world/meast/iran-christian-pastor/

That's what happens to gay people in Iran too. The charges are ramped up like that and then they're hanged.

1 October 2011 at 11:18  
Blogger len said...

Where is the uproar about the brave man in the West?.
Where are those who will proclaim his 'Human Rights'?.
If this man`s execution happens it will diminish the whole 'Human Rights' movement and show it for the sham that it is.
If Islam is shown to be a cruel heartless religion with no justice (natural or otherwise)how does it remain compatible with the whole concept of' Human Rights'which it blatantly abuses.

2 October 2011 at 09:06  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Len: "If this man`s execution happens it will diminish the whole 'Human Rights' movement and show it for the sham that it is."

It'll do nothing of the kind. What a weird argument. That's like saying his death will show the Sanctity of Life thingy for the sham it is.

Also, less than a month ago three gay men were hanged in Iran, for gay acts ... and for drug-trafficking and robbery. Iran doesn't have any gay people, you see, as that's a Western thing. The Christian on-line networks were rather quieter about that.

2 October 2011 at 09:47  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

DanJ0,

Agreed; our prayers should also be directed to those being killed for being homosexuals. However, before you complain about Christians being quiet about that, what about the Gay movement itself, which has been also quiet, and has been giving Islam and Islamists a free pass. For reasons known only to its leadership, Gay orgs have been twisting their knickers almost entirely over the well-being and comfort of the Gays-murdering Palestinians, of all people.

3 October 2011 at 00:37  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"However, before you complain about Christians being quiet about that, what about the Gay movement itself, which has been also quiet, and has been giving Islam and Islamists a free pass."

Gay movement?

3 October 2011 at 05:05  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I suppose Peter Tatchell is the person most people associate with gay rights campaigning despite the fact that most gay people I know wince when his name comes up.

http://www.petertatchell.net/international/palestine/palestine.htm

http://www.petertatchell.net/international/palestine/palestine2.htm

That's coming disturbingly close to becoming a multi-dimensional issue there. :O

3 October 2011 at 05:11  
Blogger len said...

Danjo,
I am as much outraged at the execution of a 'gay 'person as the execution of a Christian.
I think some Christians,( by that I mean followers of Jesus Christ, and I emphasise followers )are more concerned about the well being of' gays' than vice versa.You yourself take every chance to ridicule and undermine Christians and Christian precepts.
I realise that some Christians are violently anti -gay but this is not what Jesus Christ taught.Jesus Christ was actually accused by the 'Church of the day'of being a friend of sinners.Jesus didn`t come to condemn but to save the World.Jesus didn`t condone sin but came to release sinners from the bonds that held them.

3 October 2011 at 18:18  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Len: "You yourself take every chance to ridicule and undermine Christians and Christian precepts."

:O I'm actually much more reserved than I could be.

"I think some Christians,( by that I mean followers of Jesus Christ, and I emphasise followers )are more concerned about the well being of' gays' than vice versa."

I don't know a single gay person who would not be outraged at what the Iranian regime is quite possibly going to do to this man.

Of course, there's the situation in Uganda too and the proposal for the death penalty for gay people there. The criminalisation of homosexual acts is supported by the Church of Uganda, the evil bastards, although they draw the line at the death penalty.

3 October 2011 at 19:27  
Blogger len said...

Danjo,
In my opinion, and I believe in Gods also we( all humanity) are all very much on 'a level playing field' on this Earth when it comes of falling short of the Glory of God.
Without Christ the very best 'Christian'is without hope and without righteousness of any sort(apart from self-righteousness(the very worst sort)
So do not judge all Christians by those Christians who presume to judge sinners.
Christians are not called to Judge sinners(of whatever sort)but to preach the Gospel which believe it or not is the 'Good News'which is that Jesus Christ has atoned for mankind`s sin and calls all to be reunited with the Creator of the Universe.The Gospel is a message from God in His Love and Mercy providing redemption for all who would accept His Hand offered in reconciliation.

4 October 2011 at 17:35  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

DanJO,

You questioned my use of the term Gay Movement. Did I say something wrong or fart, perhaps? A common term here in Canada and the US for the organized and politically active Gay community...reasoned you have the same thing as well. As a body it is left-leaning and for some reason strongly pro-Arab and anti-Israel. Can't figure out the logic of that. Perhaps the leadership needs to meet some Pal Arab gays living under protection in Tel Aviv.

4 October 2011 at 23:31  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Avi: "You questioned my use of the term Gay Movement. Did I say something wrong or fart, perhaps?"

There's probably something like 3 million gay people in the UK, from all walks of life, political viewpoints, and personal experiences. We're not represented by a Gay Movement and we're not a Gay Community. The only gay lobbying organisation I know of in the UK is Stonewall and I posted links regarding Peter Tatchell which basically refuted your comment anyway.

6 October 2011 at 18:00  

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