Thursday, February 23, 2012

The White House condemns Iran over Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani death sentence



THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 23, 2012
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms reports that Iranian authorities’ reaffirmed a death sentence for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani for the sole reason of his refusal to recant his Christian faith. This action is yet another shocking breach of Iran’s international obligations, its own constitution, and stated religious values. The United States stands in solidarity with Pastor Nadarkhani, his family, and all those who seek to practice their religion without fear of persecution—a fundamental and universal human right. The trial and sentencing process for Pastor Nadarkhani demonstrates the Iranian government’s total disregard for religious freedom, and further demonstrates Iran's continuing violation of the universal rights of its citizens. The United States calls upon the Iranian authorities to immediately lift the sentence, release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion. The United States renews its calls for people of conscience and governments around the world to reach out to Iranian authorities and demand Pastor Nadarkhani's immediate release.
Meanwhile, silence from No10, Lambeth Palace, the BBC, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and the Holy See.

17 Comments:

Blogger john in cheshire said...

"Meanwhile, silence from No10, Lambeth Palace, the BBC, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and the Holy See."

YG, what do you expect from socialists, atheists, muslims and apologists for the three of them?

23 February 2012 at 20:43  
Blogger Priscilla said...

To me, it is a bigger shock to hear this from Obama who has kowtowed to Iran and other Muslim countries.(literally and figuratively) Since the first day he took office, beginning with that "new year" message to Iran, he has supported them and their hateful regimes. In Britain, it is only the continuation of their programs of merging traditional British justice with Muslim law.
Both countries have been disgraced by their silence, until today. With Obama, It seems to me to be too little too late.

23 February 2012 at 21:08  
Blogger peggy38 said...

Silence also from everyone on my FB page. Same with the big conservative blogs and most news outlets.

How can it be that this latest is being received with such silence? Mere attention can save this man, the more the better. It has worked in the past in other cases. It really doesnt take that much effort and some effort is much better than none.

If we are going to name and shame then let me name Instapundit. I emailed a link to the Fox News story this morning and asked politely that some mention be made about the latest developments. So far nothing. How much attention do you think Instapundit could bring to this story. I just couldnt be more disappointed.

What explains this apathy???

23 February 2012 at 21:08  
Blogger Corrigan1 said...

Oh, be fair to the poor old BBC, Cranmer. Their website does breathlessly describe Obama's apology the the Afghan people for the burning of a Koran at a US military base

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17144726

If they have ignored this story, it's surely just so as not to cause anybody offence. Well, anybody other than Christians, that is.

23 February 2012 at 21:09  
Blogger God and Politics in the UK said...

Yet again our Foreign Office is failing in its duties. The Americans have put us to shame once again.

If they do get round to making a statemant, I doubt it will say anything of substance. Take this example an angry Egyptian posted on my blog:

We are particularly disappointed by William Hague, Foreign Minister, and his lack of support for the Copts; well for human rights really. On 9 October 2011 hundreds of Copts were peacefully protesting previous attacks on Copts and their places of worships. The Egyptian army attacked the Copts and murdered 27 of them, some were shot, and others were run over by military vehicles. Many corpuses were thrown into the Nile. The state TV incited the Muslim citizens to attack the Copts, asking them to go out to the streets to protect Egypt’s army against the Copts “who killed three army soldiers”. This incident is known as the Maspero Massacre, and all who were killed were Copts. That was the worst incident ever in Egypt’s and the Copts’ modern history. But what did William Hague say then? He issued a statement describing the massacre simply as “unrest”, and urged “all Egyptians to refrain from violence and support the Egyptian Prime Minister’s call for calm.”

23 February 2012 at 21:20  
Blogger The Way of Dodo the Dude said...

Am I a hopeless cynic or does anyone else think there might be a political as well as a humanitarian intention behind this very public statement and attack on Iran's human rights record?

So far as American is concerned, the Iranians are counter-suggestive.

23 February 2012 at 21:49  
Blogger southwood said...

@john in cheshire

Too right. He is not a lefty, a PC face fit for the BBC, or a Romanist.
Good for the US government. May others follow suit. May God be with the pastor and his familt in this time of intense trial for them. If he is executed may Ahmedinejad be punished severely. An evil and dangerous little dog with power of death over a good Christian man. May the Lord intervene to stop this.

23 February 2012 at 22:16  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Meanwhile, silence from No10, Lambeth Palace, the BBC, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and the Holy See.

Says everything you need to know about our so called "elite" and the equality in diversification bullsh*tters.

24 February 2012 at 07:16  
Blogger len said...

'Meanwhile, silence from No10, Lambeth Palace, the BBC, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and the Holy See.'


All it requires for evil to triumph is for people to do nothing to stop it..This is happening in Syria where Asad`s snipers are targeting children while the World watches.

24 February 2012 at 07:43  
Blogger len said...

'Meanwhile, silence from No10, Lambeth Palace, the BBC, the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, and the Holy See.'


All it requires for evil to triumph is for people to do nothing to stop it..This is happening in Syria where Asad`s snipers are targeting children while the World watches.

24 February 2012 at 07:44  
Blogger seanrobsville said...

Who controls the BBC? Why does it censor the truth about Islam? Has its management been infiltrated, subverted, intimidated, dhimmified, bribed or blackmailed?

The sooner the licence fee is abolished, the better.

24 February 2012 at 08:03  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

That would mean no Radio 3!

24 February 2012 at 09:20  
Anonymous Rom1:16 said...

I have emailed Lambeth Palace, Downing Street and the BBC.

There is also a Government e-petition (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25737). It currently has 36 signatures. Perhaps if His Grace were to publicise it here it might get a few more.

24 February 2012 at 09:20  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

This is the hand, the hand that takes.
Here come the planes.
They're American planes. Made in America.
Smoking or non-smoking?
And the voice said: Neither snow nor rain nor gloom
of night shall stay these couriers from the swift
completion of their appointed rounds.,


'Cause when love is gone, there's always justice.
And when justice is gone, there's always force.

So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms.
In your electronic arms.
O Superman

24 February 2012 at 17:47  
Blogger TLF+ said...

I am glad to see "freedom of religion" return to the vocabulary - for awhile there the White House was trying to insert the very narrow "freedom of worship," which is a diminution of the fundamental right.

I did contact to White House to express thanks for this statement, and continue to pray for the Pastor, his family, and persecuted people everywhere.

24 February 2012 at 18:39  
Blogger Roy said...

@ Rom1:16

Thanks for drawing attention to the e-petition at the British government website.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/25737

It is a disgrace that so far the number of people who have signed it is still easily measured in two figures. I hep it gets a lot more publicity.

24 February 2012 at 20:43  
Anonymous CBinTH said...

Iran has unfriendly relations with most of its immediate neighbours, and with Europe, the USA, Canada, Australasia Japan and South Korea. The old-fashioned "free world" will have nothing to do with Iran. Iran is hated by almost all the Arab world. Instead, Iran seeks to portray itself as the foremost resistor of American hegemony and to appeal to the anti-Western sentiment which exists especially in the 3rd world.

It therefore courts the friendship of anti-American nations, such as Russia and Venezuala, and of developing nations generally.

Iran spends a lot of time and effort on these relations, its President spends a great deal of time abroad, and it trumpets these relations to its own people. It's propoganda arm likes to say the British and Americans are "isolated."

So, Iran puts great store in its remaining diplomatic alliances, in Russia, Venezuala, and South America more generally. It is also courting India.

THEREFORE, it goes without saying that the way to pressure Iran is THROUGH THOSE COUNTRIES WHOSE FRIENDSHIP IRAN IS TTRYING TO DEVELOP. Obviously, public opinion matters little in Russia or Venezuala, but public opinion matters a great deal in Argentina, Brazil, South Africa or India. So if we want to help Nadarkhani then the best way to do so is through civil society organisations in those countries, whether it be the Churches, human rights charities, or the media.

I am a nobody with no ability to do anything, but Archbishop Cranmer is a well known blog, and therefore well-read, and perhaps if someone could promote this idea and someone with the ability to help came across it, then something practical could be done to help this man in Iran.

The Anglican Church abroad, newspapers abroad, letters from Amnesty supporters abroad, letters from Muslim organisations or governments abroad; all have more chance of influencing Iran than pressure from the UK or Europe.

26 February 2012 at 19:25  

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