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Sunday, December 17, 2006

Christian converts detained in Iran

According to confirmed reports from inside of Iran, 14 ex-muslims who converted to christianity were arrested a week ago in cities of Karaj, Tehran and Rasht.

Their bibles, religious books & symbols, CDs and other personal stuff were seized by the authorities.

Reports from US backed RadioFarda.com tell us that these new christians were trying to hold religious gathering to celebrate christmas and they are charged with converting from Islam to christianity. According to the Islamic sharia law, the penalty for such act is death.

The families of these detainees staged a rally in front of the judicial ministry but their peaceful gathering was met with brutal actions of the ministry of intelligence agents.

The name of the christian detainees are:

In city of Rasht: Shaheen Taghizadeh, Yosef Noorkhani, Mathias Hagh-Nejad, Parviz Khalaj, Muhammad Belyad, Peyman Salarvand, Sohrab Sayadi, Mr. Davood and Mr. Amin.

City of Tehran: Mrs. Shirin Sadegh, Mr. Behrooz Sadegh, Mr. Hamid-Reza Tolou'ee

City of Karaj: Mr. Behnam Irani & Mr. Bahman Irani (brothers)

The families of these above mentioned detainees ask all people from all around the world to raise their concern with their governments and help secure the release of their loved ones from the jails of the Islamic regime of Iran.

(h/t Freerepublic.com & Stop ACLU )

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I'm wondering if Christmas trees are allowed there or if its like here...?

Posted by: Marc | 2006-12-17 10:52:59 PM

Christians roasting on an open fire,Hamas nipping at your nose. Jewish Carols being strung by a choir and folks dressed up like allah's ho's..... my apologies to the velvet fog.

Posted by: wallyj | 2006-12-17 11:36:47 PM

I was just wondering, well the CBC be reporting this? Or well this go down in the "we can not report this cause it well make Muslims look bad. After all it was the local Fast Forward that reported how "Western Standard" was racist for reporting what the leaders actually said and by publishing those cartoons. Man the nerve or some people to actually report the news that is crazy.

Posted by: freedomisntfree | 2006-12-18 3:40:19 AM

How about an exchange program proposal to Iran - we'll send them Islamic converts (living in Iran should be part of their education) for their Christians 10 for 1. What a bargain!

Posted by: John Chittick | 2006-12-18 8:43:33 AM

Marc, Xmas trees are allowed in Iran but if you are a christian convert you'll be prosecuted for doing stuff related to your new religion.

Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-18 8:55:34 AM

Are converts to Islam treated as equals in Islamic society? Most Christian churches trip over themselves to make born-agains feel special. What happens when the roles are reversed?

Posted by: dan | 2006-12-18 10:59:32 AM

This is just another evil characteristic of muslim society like Iran. They cannot prevent people from converting to Christianity even if those converts end up in jail or worst.

When a person is born again, she truly has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who is alive. So he will resist any action by his persecutors because he has the strength of the Lord. There is a biography by a hindu who became a Chriastian missionary.

Once he was in a village and the villagers were after him. When they reached him in the evening outside the village where he had run, they turned away and ran for their life. Next morning he asked a villager why they ran. The villager answered: You did not see the giants behind you with swords? The Lord had sent his angels to take care of him.

Posted by: Rémi Houle | 2006-12-18 1:27:27 PM

Okay then

Posted by: dan | 2006-12-18 1:42:00 PM

The Iranian society is not evil, Remi. Those who are ruling that country are the evils of the world. Iranian people are held hostage by the few clerics.

Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-18 2:54:20 PM

i can remember as a kid having to sing in my small town ontario school, onward christian soldiers. maybe we should start singing it again. does anyone else out there remember the words, i kind of liked singing it.

Posted by: john a. | 2006-12-18 5:22:55 PM

It seems all the people know the leaders of the islamic zombie horde is evil,except our leaders of course but then again they are used to making deals with the devil so it's just buisiness as usual for them.

As for the song "christian soldier" thats awsome man because the other day i was trying to remember the words.Maybe you and i having this same thought is an omen?

onward christian soldier marching on to war,with the cross of jesus .......

Merry christmas (the reason for the season)

Happy x-mas ( twisted corporate .political sellout version)

Posted by: Dar al -harb | 2006-12-18 5:43:57 PM

This is in reply to someone wondering the words to "Onward Christian soldier" . Here they are if the space allows.
1)onward christian soldiers,marchingas to war with the cross of jesus going on before.christ,the royal master.leads against the foe;forward into battle see his banners go!
(repeat first sentence)
2)At the sign of triumph satan's host doth flee;on then,christian soldiers,on to victory,hell'sfoundations quiver at the shout of praise;brothers,lift your voices,loudyour anthems raise.
( repeat first sentence of first verse,the refrain)
3)Like a mighty army moves the church of God;brothers,we are treading where the saints have trod.we are not devided,all one bodywe,one in hope and doctrine,one in charity.
(repeat refrain)
4)Crowns and thrones may perish,kingdoms rise and wane,but the church of jesus constant will remain.Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;We have christ's own promise,and that cannot fail.
( repeat refrain )
5) Onward then,ye people,join our happy throng,blend with ours your voices in the triumph song.Glory,laud,and honor unto christ the king,this through countless ages men and angels sing.
9repeat the refrain ,line one of verse one)

This can be found at: http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh575.sht

It would have been easier for me to just post the site but here it's even for the zombies to see.The ironic part of this song is it was written in europe.Is this song just another reminder that history repeats itself? You bet.Is it yet another reminder that islam hasn't changed in as many years as this song is old ,which is late 1800's? Another you bet ya.

Posted by: Dar al_harb | 2006-12-18 6:28:13 PM


In addition to the few clerics, there is the small segment of thugs who will obey any order if they are paid the right price. Every nation has these scum, and as Germany proved from 1933 to 1945, all they need is a leader willing to sanction their behavior under the protection of the law, and a social philosophy that tells the people they have no right to object.

Posted by: John | 2006-12-18 8:22:00 PM

John, These thugs called Basijis and Ansar Hezballah in Iran

Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-18 11:06:22 PM

Winston -

Their "society" is based upon Sharia and the teachings of Mohammed who was as evil as they come -in the same class as Hitler. Check your history: he was a lying, stealing, murdering rapist and pervert. And this is the guy that most of them look to for answers. Is their society evil? You bet ya.

Posted by: Riccola | 2006-12-19 10:25:57 AM

According to ex-pat Iranians I work with, this small group of mullah and sharia supporters numbers nearly 4 million in Iran. My ex-pats tell me that the only way out is to kill all 4 million. They think that is abominable, which is why they aren't doing anything because it is messy work.

Posted by: Melissa in NorCal | 2006-12-19 11:02:29 AM

bah, Israel will take care of it anyways.

Posted by: Marc | 2006-12-19 12:37:42 PM


have you lived in iran?

Posted by: Winston | 2006-12-20 12:21:54 PM

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