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ICC Note: Speaking to a group of American conservatives, Naghmeh Abedini urged for the United States to be clear on where they stand regarding religious freedom. Imprisoned since September 2012, Saeed Abedini is currently serving an eight year prison sentence for his involvement with Iranian house churches in 2000-2005.

03/02/2015 Iran (CBN News) Christians around the world have been praying for Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American imprisoned for his faith in Iran. His wife, Naghmeh, is in the U.S. capital this weekend to raise awareness of her husband’s situation and to appeal to government leaders to continue working for his release.

“My question is – as I’m proud to see my husband stand up for his faith in the face of evil – how are we standing up for him? Is his country standing up for him? What kind of message are we sending to the world while we continue to negotiate while Iran continues to abuse one of our own, an American pastor?” Naghmeh asked in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday.

Naghmeh said the world is watching America to see if its leaders will stand up to protect religious freedom.

“While we’re speaking with Iran, Iran needs to know where we stand on religious freedom issues. If we don’t address what’s going on across the world – it will be something we will have to deal with here. And we’re seeing we’re losing our religious freedom here,” she said. “When we don’t act, when we don’t speak, we’re doing the same things that the persecutors are doing. When we don’t speak in the face of evil we’re doing the evil ourselves.”

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