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Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith Stronger than Words from US Gov't

Despite intense scrutiny and harsh criticism, the State Department remains silent on the plight of religious minorities in Iran, and in particular, the case of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini.

***UPDATE: Secretary of State John Kerry releases a statement calling for Saeed Abeini's release. Click here to read more***

Last week, Rep. Frank Wolfe, R-Va., co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, convened a hearing that highlighted the Iranian regime's discrimination and persecution of religious observers of Baha'i, Sufi Islam, and Christianity.

The commission invited the State Department to send a witness. When no one showed, Wolfe ordered the record to remain open for one week to allow the agency to file a response. At the time of this entry, the State Department had not contacted the commission to update the record.

Pastor Saeed has been in Iranian custody since last July. In January, Iran's "hanging judge" sentenced him to eight years in one of the country's most brutal prisons. His crime? He was charged with threatening Iran's national security, but his wife and lawyers say he's really in trouble because of his Christian faith.

With her voice shuttering before the hearing's packed audience, Pastor Saeed's wife, Naghmeh, described breaking the news to their two young children that their "daddy was in prison because he loves Jesus."

While the European Union and United Nations have called for Abedini's release, the White House and State Department have been virtually "AWOL," to quote one member at the hearing.

Perhaps the State Department has a legitimate and compelling reason to avoid making a forceful public statement about Pastor Saeed's case. However, its silence, coupled by its lack of assistance to the Abedini family, seems only to suggest that either it's afraid or unwilling to engage.

Until we ultimately hear from someone, we cannot determine whether it's the former or latter - or, giving them the benefit of doubt, an entirely different reason.

Meanwhile, Pastor Saeed, an American citizen since 2010, remains in prison, beaten and bleeding internally - unwilling to renounce his faith in Christ in exchange for his freedom.

Hear what Pastor Saeed's wife says about his unwavering faith:

For Naghmeh, their two children, and human rights supporters around the world, his resolve and conviction are stronger than any statement the administration can ever make.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 11:11 AM

Comments on this post

# RE: Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith, Stronger than Words from US Gov't

I am not surprised that the State Dept. has said nothing as they didn't even help the former marine out of a Mexican jail. Fox news was the main news service that helped the former marine get out of jail. Our government talks tough against Iran but does nothing to back it up. Shameful to say the least.
Left by KellieC on Mar 22, 2013 1:43 PM

# RE: Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith Stronger than Words from US Gov't

Please flood Sec. of State John Kerry's office with demands for him to do his job and diligently, forcefully work for Pastor Saeed's release. I just sent did my part in that.
Thank you.

Contact info U.S. State Dept.:

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Washington, DC 20520

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Left by Paul G on Mar 23, 2013 11:35 PM

# RE: Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith Stronger than Words from US Gov't

May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to give Pastor Saeed strength and joy beyond human understanding. Let this be a witness to those who hate Saeed and would hurt him physically. It is the enemy, who is the devil, that wants the Body of Christ to suffer and die. He has many brothers and sisters out here, who are sending many prayers to the Father on Saeed's behalf. He is the victor, no matter what happens to him.
Left by bygrace on Mar 25, 2013 12:08 PM

# RE: Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith Stronger than Words from US Gov't

this makes me think,for some reason,of John the Babtist lanquishing in prision-the babtist even questioned JESUS,'are you the one?",BUT this pastor seemes to be holding firm.Why this goverment hasn't taken a stand previous to this I don't know.In a sense he represents all Christians who have made a witness to the state of their faith.Richard Wurmbrand also comes to mind,but the list is endless.we need to pray for him and for his there any way to write her,give her support,help her and her family know she is not alone?"I was in oprision"Jess said"and you visited me".
Left by stanley Trent Bemis on Mar 25, 2013 3:43 PM

# RE: Pastor Saeed: One Man's Faith Stronger than Words from US Gov't

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Left by Jennie Walsh on Mar 25, 2013 6:41 PM