Remember when Obama took the National Prayer Breakfast as an opportunity to rage against Crusades and Inquisitions?
And if you think Obama had a point in suggesting the Crusades were evidence that Christianity was ‘mean to Muslims’ it’s possible you’ve forgotten a few of history’s actual details, seen here:
With Iran’s attitudes towards Christianity, no WONDER he liked Iran so much.
A #Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has just sentenced them & 10 other #Iranian Christians to one year in prison each for "Propagating against the Islamic Republic in favour of Christianity". This group of Christian converts were arrested on April 7th, 2015 pic.twitter.com/Q8omy4iYUa
— Article 18 (@articleeighteen) August 9, 2018
Strange, isn’t it, that these original arrests were the during Obama’s super-amazing negotiatoins with Iran? And that those charges never came up?
Jeff King, the president of Washington, DC-based International Christian Concern, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that each member of the congregation was sentenced to a year in prison.
“Getting information on the arrests of Christians is incredibly challenging given the heavily censored nature of Iran,” King said. “But based on the cases we have been tracking, this is the first time this year that we’ve seen a jail sentence being given based on the charge of ‘inclination to the land of Christianity.’ This could be interpreted as a reference to Israel, the birthplace of Christianity and also a country that Iran has adopted a very aggressive stance towards.”
While Christianity is legally recognized in the Islamic Republic, the US State Department has classified Iran as a “country of particular concern” under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 “for having engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
“Iran does not discriminate against or persecute any recognized religious minority,” said Alireza Miryousefi, head of press for the Iranian Mission to the UN. “Including the large Christian community inside Iran, who are free to worship in the many churches that can be found across Iran. In fact, as is the case with Iranian Jews, Iranian Christians are constitutionally guaranteed parliamentary representation. Major cities such as Tehran and Isfahan are home to large Christian communities with centuries-old churches.”
Source: Jerusalem Post
Hey guys, should we believe Miryousefi?
Yeah. That’s what we thought, too.
What’s behind this?
Some suggest the sentancing is could be backlash for those sanctions that were reinstated.
Jeff King, president of the Washington D.C.-based International Christian Concern, told FoxNews.com: “Iran’s regime is under a great amount of pressure right now.
“Poor economic conditions combined with the harshness of their Islamic rule has led to massive unrest that has defined the country for months.
“There are many reports that this has contributed to the government’s ever-increasing dependence on hardline Islamic ayatollahs, who naturally see Christianity as a threat to their power. For this reason, it’s not surprising that we’re seeing an increase in Christian persecution.”
Either way, it wouldn’t be the first time Obama praised an oppressive regime for their great ‘tolerance’.
Remember Indionesia, where he spent some of his childhood?
Speaking before thousands in the city that helped raise him, President Obama on Wednesday cited this country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy as a model in an Islamic world often governed by unelected autocracies.
He also praised Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation – for a “spirit of tolerance that is written into your constitution, symbolized in your mosques and churches and temples, and embodied in your people,” a quality worthy for all the world to emulate.
Like Bernie Sanders’ praise of Venezuela, Obama’s praise of Indionesia’s great ‘tolerance’ did not age well.
Jakarta’s Christian governor has been sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.
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