Christians speak out against Iran obtaining nuclear weapons following Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s death sentence.
By Jordan Sekulow
7/12/2011 Iran (Washington Post) – As the debt ceiling debate, Casey Anthony acquittal, unrest in Syria, and fight to topple Qaddafi in Libya monopolize the news cycle, Iran is quietly implementing its radical Islamist agenda.
In just the last two weeks, Iran has sentenced Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to death just for being a Christian, in what the U.S. State Department has noted would be the first such Iranian state execution for one’s faith since 1990. When this blatant human rights violation caught the attention of the international community, the Iranian regime attempted to calm the outcry by giving Pastor Nadarkhani a choice – renounce his Christian faith or die.
While the Ayatollah’s regime continues oppressing its own people and threatening the stability of the Middle East, there have been new concerns raised in Capitol Hill hearings about Iran and its puppet Hezbollah in Latin America.
Iran cannot be allowed to increase its threat by obtaining nuclear weapons. That is why I have joined many Christian leaders from across America, including Dr. Richard Land, John Hagee, and Tony Perkins in signing a letter from Christian Leaders for a Nuclear-Free Iran – an ad-hoc coalition of evangelical, Roman Catholic and other faith leaders representing 25 million Americans – to the White House, Congress, and ambassadors around the world calling for urgent action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
The letter provides:
We know that Iran’s nuclear weapons program and other actions will further destabilize the Middle East, lead to an arms race, and threaten the United States and its allies . . . .
Iran, with its terrorist proxies Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and others, is defiant, confrontational and aggressive. Iran is continuing its nuclear program and taking advantage of the “Arab Spring” to expand its threatening reach. We need the help of all thoughtful nations to stand together against this threat.