AN IRANIAN Christian
pastor, Saeed Abedinigalangashi, wrote from prison last month that
he had been subjected to "sometimes unbearable" treatment, but was
determined never to "deny Christ".
Mr Abedinigalangashi, who
is also known as Mr Abedini, was sentenced to eight years in prison
in January for "actions against the security of Iran" (News, 8
February). His lawyer said that he had planted house
In the letter, dated 18
February, Mr Abedini, who has dual Iranian-American nationality,
said that he had been subject to "death threats", and "actions
committed to humiliate me", but went on: "I see all of these
difficulties as golden opportunities and great doors to serve. .
"They are trying to put
me under such horrific pressures (that are sometimes unbearable) so
that they can show me that my faith is empty and not real.
"And after all of these
pressures, after all of the nails that they have pressed against my
hands and feet, they are only waiting for one thing: for me to deny
Christ. But they will never get this from me."
In another letter, dated
10 January, Mr Abedini wrote: "The Word of God says that when we
are persecuted for our faith, we are to count it all joy. When I
think that all of these trials and persecutions are being recorded
in heaven for me, my heart is filled with complete joy."
A petition has been
launched by the American Center for Law and Justice. It calls on
President Obama, the United States Congress, and the Secretary of
State, John Kerry, to "take all available diplomatic and
legislative action to pressure Iran to respect religious freedom
and release Pastor Saeed".
Further information is available at: aclj.org/iran/save-american-pastor-iranian-abuse-imprisonment