Search  |  Login  |  Register

By Matthew Clark1327533240000

Sources inside Iran have reported to the ACLJ that the Chief Justice of the Gilan Provincial Court in Iran is again pressuring Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to recant his faith in Christ.

Last week the Chief Justice, in a private meeting, ordered that additional pressure be put on Pastor Youcef to recant his faith. Again, Pastor Youcef responded by refusing to deny his faith in Christ and reiterating to the Iranian authorities that he could not return to Islam because he was never a Muslim.

As we reported earlier this month, Iran has renewed its attempts to pressure and coerce Pastor Youcef to renounce his faith in Christ under threat of death.

Pastor Youcef remains committed to his Christian faith and maintains that he was never a Muslim. In June 2011, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld Pastor Youcef’s execution sentence for apostasy, but remanded the case to the trial court for a determination if he was ever a Muslim as an adult. However, the trial court, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court, determined – before taking evidence – that Pastor Youcef was a Muslim because he was born into a Muslim family.

At that hearing, when the Iranian judges demanded that he “repent,” Youcef responded, “Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?” The judges replied, “To the religion of your ancestors, Islam.” To which he replied, “I cannot.”

This court has ignored Iranian law (which requires a written ruling within a week of a hearing) and its own promise to issue a final determination of Pastor Youcef’s fate by mid-December 2011. Instead, the Iranian court continues its attempt to essentially make this case go away by refusing to issue a decision while it actively pressures Pastor Youcef to recant.

The ACLJ is actively engaged in the effort to save his live and secure his release. Learn more about how you can lend your voice to Pastor Youcef here.

Latest in
Middle East

Iranian Nuclear Deadline Extended

By Jordan Sekulow1435695971550

As the deadline for the Iranian nuclear talks loomed today, the State Department announced that the deadline has once again been extended to July 7th. This means more time for the U.S. government to do the right thing and not leave American Pastor Saeed Abedini behind. The Associated Press reports...

read more

Rise of ISIS: New Insight & Analysis

By ACLJ.org1434463200000

ISIS – the Islamic State – is now more dangerous than ever. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow and his “Law of War Team” sounded the alarm on this brutal terrorist group last fall with the launch of “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore”. That must-read book quickly climbed to the top, becoming a...

read more

Have We Forgotten We’re a Superpower?

By David French1425500083420

One of the most puzzling aspects of America’s relationship with Iran is the reality that — by rhetoric and conduct — the United States acts as if it fears Iran, while Iran behaves as if it has nothing to fear from the U.S. Iran commits repeated acts of war against the U.S., unlawfully holds our...

read more

UN, US Condemn Iran Rights Violations

By Matthew Clark1416597097335

In the days leading up to the nuclear negotiation deadline on November 24th, both the U.S. Congress and the United Nations are taking a firm stance against Iran’s violation of human rights. As the Washington Free Beacon reports : The United Nations late Tuesday voted to condemn Iranian human rights...

read more