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Iran arrests Christian missionaries: official

ICC Note:

The provincial governor in Tehran told a state news agency that a number of Christian missionaries have been arrested in Iran’s capital city and the surrounding province.”Various kinds of fake, deviated and corrupt cults have sharpened their teeth for our beliefs and one can see their activities among the youth,” Agence France-Presse reported him as saying. He compared Christian missionaries to the Taliban and as a “cultural onslaught” to Iran.

1/5/2011 Iran (AFP) – Iran has arrested a number of Christian missionaries in Tehran province and vowed to detain more of them, the provincial governor was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA on Tuesday.

Morteza Tamaddon said “the leaders of this movement have been arrested in Tehran province and more will be arrested in the near future.”

He did not give their identities, so it was unclear whether they are foreigners, Iranians or a combination of both.

Nor did he explain what he meant by their belonging to a movement, which he called “deviated” and “corrupt.”

He referred to them as “tabshiri,” or missionaries, and likened them to the Taliban.

“Just like the Taliban… who have inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite, they have crafted a movement with Britain’s backing in the name of Christianity,” Tamaddon said.

Christianity is among the recognised religions in Iran but, under the country’s Sharia-based law, renouncing Islam, or apostasy, is punishable by death.

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