More Christians imprisoned in Iran

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The condition of an imprisoned pastor in Iran has worsened since he was given a five-year prison term for converting from Islam to Christianity -- which Iranian authorities claim to be a crime against national security.

DeMars, Jason (Present Truth Ministries)When Behnam Irani was examined about a month ago, doctors advised surgery. Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries tells OneNewsNow the pastor's health has continued to get worse.

"The last I've heard from our sources is that he's lost another ten pounds in about the last three months, and his skin is like a yellowish color," DeMars reports. "He's not healthy, and he's still being denied medical attention from the authorities there in the Ghezal Hezar prison there in Karaj, Iran."

Meanwhile, Iranian police have been arresting Christians.

"There's a total of eight that I know of for certain," the PTM spokesman reports, "and I have also received word, though not details of names, that there's been around 100 people arrested in the last two months, Christians who have been put in prison" whose only crime is converting from Christianity to Islam.

He notes that it took nearly three years of international pressure for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to gain his freedom (see earlier story), and DeMars hopes Christians throughout the world will respond in a similar fashion to others in Iran who are imprisoned for their faith.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Is it fair to blame President Obama for much of the racial tension now in America?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks
ISIS terrorists buried thousands in 72 mass graves
Iran releases jailed Texas graduate student
North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems
  US criticizes EU ruling on Apple as 'unfair'
Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers
  Israel lashes back after UN envoy's comments on settlements
Report: Palestinian leadership abusing journalists and activists
  Hundreds arrested during London's Notting Hill Carnival

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Kansas State University gun policy to allow campus-wide concealed carry
Just in time: Trans-locker rooms shot down
Clemson University forbids man from praying, calls it 'solicitation'
Hillary’s plantation
PC talking points about immigration don’t square with the facts

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
Keeping the faith in North Korea

A new book authored by Eric Foley of Seoul USA chronicles three generations of one family who kept the faith in spite of North Korea's hostile and deadly approach to Christianity among its citizens.