An American pastor faces EIGHT years in an Iranian prison for being a Christian. For being a Christian! This is just one example of the continued persecution of Christians in the Middle East. And Sen. Paul is making sure the public hears about it.
“Across the globe, Christians are under attack, almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages or if we lived under early Pagan Roman rule…It’s almost as if that is happening again throughout the Middle East,” said Paul. (Breitbart)
Clearly, something needs to be done and he’s doing what he can. He’s called for the immediate release of American pastor Saeed Abedini along with others like him. He doesn’t stand alone either. A resolution calling for action was recently co-sponsored by Sen. Paul along with Senators Jim Risch, Mike Crapo, and Patrick Leahy. It was passed unanimously by the Senate.
“We will not sit back and watch as Americans are detained due to their religious beliefs,” Sen. Paul said. “Our government must call on Iran to release American Pastor Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained based on their religious beliefs. I am encouraged by the passage of this resolution and I will continue to do all that I can to protect American citizens from religious persecution abroad.”
As the ACLJ points out: “[This resolution] is another important step as the U.S. government continues to send a clear message to Iran: now is the time to ‘demonstrate the commitment of Iran to individual human rights through the release of all prisoners of conscience.’
Iran has promised change. It wants the world to believe that it is more moderate. Now is the time [for] it to put actions behind these words and release Pastor Saeed.” (aclj.org)
It’s not the first time Paul has expressed concern about fellow Christians overseas. And it doesn’t look like it’s an issue that is going away any time soon. It doesn’t help as Sen. Paul noted during the Values Voter Summit back in October that the Obama administration is sending aid to these countries that overlook these crimes.
“This administration does nothing to stop it. And it can be argued that they’re giving aid and comfort to those who tolerate these crimes.”
“We send billions of dollars to Egypt, to Pakistan. We’ve helped put new Islamic regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. President Obama now sends arms to Islamic rebels in Syria. In Egypt, the mob attacked our embassy, climbed on top of our embassy and burned our flag,” said Paul.
“I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough. I say not one penny more to any country that would burn the American flag. We must work to ensure that our country, our policies, our tax dollars are on the side of ending this violence rather than encouraging those who perpetrate it.” (Breitbart)
Will Iran finally release this Iranian-American pastor? It doesn’t look good. But at least he has someone like Sen. Paul standing in his corner.
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