Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani now accused of rape, extortion, and being a Zionist
We were all led to believe that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was sentenced to death for apostasy. We were all foolish enough to believe Christian Solidarity Worldwide, who wrote:
Pastor Nadarkhani was arrested in October 2009 while attempting to register his church. He was tried and found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam) in September 2010. He has been sentenced to death.We were evidently even unwise to believe the written judgements of Iran's Supreme Court, which stated:
He has frequently denied the prophethood of the great prophet of Islam and the rule of the sacred religion of Islam. And he has proven his apostasy by organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and, denying Islamic values.For the real reason Pastor Nadarkhani is to hanged is that he is a rapist, an extortioner and (horror of horrors) a Zionist.
You see, the Western media (and, presumably, Iran's Supreme Court) 'twisted the real story'. The impending death penalty is nothing to do with denying Allah, defaming Mohammed or disrespected the Qur'an: it was dispensed for 'security-related crimes'.
Gholomali Rezvani, the deputy governor of Gilan province, where Pastor Nadarkhani was tried and convicted, says: "No one is executed in Iran for their choice of religion." Then Rezvani explained: "He is a Zionist and has committed security-related crimes."
It is quite incredible, as the world looks on, that Iran would attempt this sort of outrage. The British Government has unequivocally denounced Iran, as has Lambeth Palace and the White House. There is, as yet, still nothing from the Holy See. It is not known if the Pope's silence is due to bureaucratic incompetence or the need for covert diplomacy. If ever it was the latter, there is clearly now an urgent need to speak out loud and very clearly. Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for people. The Iranian authorities are manifestly attempting to force him to renounce that faith, which violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency and breaches Iran's own international obligations.
But they are clearly feeling the pressure, as their embassies around the world are besieged with Nadarkhani supporters, phoning and emailing their excellencies to express unified outrage. So now the allegations are of rape, extortion and Zionist sympathies. And so he will be hanged, and justice will be served, for there is nothing worse in the world than a Zionist raper and extorter of money. And if that doesn't quite work, wait for allegations of homosexual paedophilia to be appended. That charge was also unfortunately omitted from the original Supreme Court transcript. Must have been a translation error.