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Evangelical Christians Face Death in Iran

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“The Iranian government has ordered a crackdown on evangelical Christians. Since the beginning of this year, scores of Iranian Christians have been arrested and their churches shut down. Some evangelical pastors have been tried by Islamic courts and convicted of apostasy,” report the Ground Report.

By Hooman Rowshan   

2/7/2011 Iran (Ground Report) – The Iranian government has ordered a crackdown on evangelical Christians. Since the beginning of this year, scores of Iranian Christians have been arrested and their churches shut down. Some evangelical pastors have been tried by Islamic courts and convicted of apostasy.

Apostasy is a capital offense under Iranian law.

Alireza Najafzadeh, 23, was arrested by the Iranian security forces and held in prison for several months. The Iranian government arrested Najafzadeh, on the charge of converting to Christianity and being a member of a local church. Mohabat New Agency reported that Iranian security forced so severely tortured Najafzadeh that they had no choice but to release him. The young Christian man was released after he promised his captors he would not seek medical help for the numerous injuries he suffered at the hands of his interrogators.

Najafzadeh and his family have since fled Iran and are now living in an undisclosed location.

In recent years, Iran has seen an increase in the number of Muslims who have converted to Christianity. The new Christian converts worship in secret and face immediate arrest and detention if their identities are discovered.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei views the Iranian Christian converts as the agents of the enemy who is using Christianity to destroy the Islamic Republic.

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