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Group: U.S. pastor's family was told he has been moved within Iranian prison
Saeed Abedini is shown here with his 4-year-old son.
January 26th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Group: U.S. pastor's family was told he has been moved within Iranian prison

The family of an American Christian pastor being tried in Iran for his religious activities were told Saturday that he had been moved to a different ward in the prison where he is being held, a U.S. religious group said.

Saeed Abedini "reportedly was moved to (another) ward to receive better medical treatment, although it is impossible to confirm his health status or if he is receiving treatment," the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) said in a statement. They were turned away because visitation hours for the ward are on Monday, according to the statement.

Neither Abedini nor his attorney has not been present at his trial since January 21. His family became concerned when they attempted to visit him on Thursday and were told by prison guards that he wasn't there, said the group, a right-leaning nonprofit founded by television evangelist Pat Robertson.

Abedini, who was born in Iran and now lives in Idaho, has been jailed since September. He is being tried in a Revolutionary Guard Court to address charges of attempting to undermine the Iranian government, the ACLJ said. The group contends that charges stem from Abedini's conversion to Christianity from Islam 13 years ago and his activities with home churches in Iran.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department released a statement saying it is "deeply concerned about the fairness and the transparency of his trial."

"We condemn Iran's continued violation of the universal rights of freedom of religion and we call on the Iranian authorities to respect Mr. Abedini's human rights and to release him," the statement said.

At a news conference Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also called on Iran to release the pastor, and he referred questions about the family's concerns over Abedini's whereabouts to the State Department.

A lay church leader testified in court Tuesday about his connection to Abedini, said the center. He was "specifically questioned about converting to Christianity and whether Saeed encouraged the conversion to Christianity, which he did," the center said. "Additionally, the court asked for details about how Pastor Saeed has financed his multiple trips back to Iran to work on establishing an orphanage for children in need and whether any foreign funds were involved."

The judge told the lay leader to expect another summons within a month to return to court, said the pastor's wife, Naghmeh Abedini.

Naghmed Abedini said her husband had earlier told her that he will likely be held "in prison for a long time," she said earlier this week in a statement through the center.

"We need to continue exposing Iran's violations of Saeed's human rights until my husband is safely back in my arms," the statement quoted her as saying.

On Monday, the pastor gave the judge a written statement and was questioned by prosecutors and his defense lawyer, whom he only met that day.

The judge in the case has faced sanctions by the European Union "because of his harsh sentences for those on trial for exercising a fundamental human right," the center said.

Naghmeh Abedini said this week that "a few" laymen with the Christian church in Iran told her husband's attorney that they have been called to testify in the case.

Tiffany Barrans, the legal director for the ACLJ, said this week that the church leaders in Iran were faced with a dilemma: They could avoid being witnesses, or they could testify in court and possibly face similar charges.

"They are all very fearful to have to show up," she said on a conference call with Naghmeh Abedini and ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow. The nonprofit organization provides legal counsel and litigates cases involving freedom and liberty issues around the world.

Naghmeh Abedini said that when she last spoke with her husband on January 9, he was resigned to a fate of remaining in prison.

The Iranian state-run news agency INSA reported Monday that the pastor would soon be released on bail - which Naghmeh Abedini charged Tuesday was "clearly a lie."

Saeed Abedini has been arrested nearly 10 times in the past by the Iranian authorities, his wife said. The last time he had been held was in 2009, when he agreed to stop supporting home churches. He had taken nine trips to Iran, where he was born and where his parents live, since then.

His wife said he felt like he was OK to go back repeatedly because he had no dealings with the authorities since he promised to no longer work with Christian home services.

Once he even went with his wife and two children. He and Naghmeh are both converts to Christianity from Islam, and they received threats during the most recent family visit so she took the children home. He returned to their home in Boise, Idaho, later.

Last summer, the pastor was on a bus that was crossing from Turkey into Iran. Immigration officials took away his passport and he was later put on house arrest. In September he was jailed, in the notorious Evin prison, while he awaited trial.

CNN's Michael Martinez and Eric Ferrell contributed to this report.

- pgastjrcnn

Filed under: Iran • Religious liberty

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Putting the kibosh/”google” on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    قرار دادن kibosh / "گوگل" در تمام دین در کمتر از ده ثانیه: بی بها!

    • تا آنجا که می داند و یا می توانید بگویید، هیچ یعنی ابراهیم پایه های یهودیت، مسیحیت و اسلام، غیر موجود وجود دارد.

    • تا آنجا که می داند و یا می توانید بگویید، هیچ موسی یعنی ستون از یهودیت، مسیحیت و اسلام وجود دارد هیچ قدرت هدف است.

    • هیچ گابریل یعنی اسلام به عنوان یک دین با شکست مواجه وجود دارد. مسیحیت تا حدودی با شکست مواجه است.

    • هیچ عید پاک به عنوان مثال مسیحیت وجود دارد به طور کامل به عنوان یک دین می افتد.

    • هیچ مورمونها مورونی یعنی چیزی بیش از یک فرقه کسب و کار وجود دارد.

    • مقدس / احترام گاو، خدایان میمون، طبقات، مسئله تناسخ و در نتیجه با شکست مواجه هندوئیسم به عنوان یک دین است.

    • چربی بودا در اینجا، لاغر بودا وجود دارد، استاد / دوباره متولد بودا در همه جا برای هیچ در بودیسم می سازد.

    اضافه شده جزئیات موجود بر درخواست کتبی.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
  2. AlienShark

    Powerful lobbies such as the Pro Israel lobby, American Atheists and many others pay top dollar to have shills come to these forums, spread their agenda and copy whatever info they can get about the people who disagree with their point of view. If you knew how many of the "debaters" in this forum were paid shills
    sitting in boiler room type operations all day basically getting into character and arguing the agenda their boss gave them you would spend less time debating them and more time talking about their little known but thriving industry. anyone who is in the lobby industry or marketing research knows about this business but the majority of the average forum readers have no clue that the person they are talking with is in character and secretly copying their info and telling some lobby if they agree or disagree with their agenda. Mad grimy. I don;t care what your politics are one way or the other...I just want you to be able to spot these shills when you come across them.

    http://consciouslifenews .com/paid-internet-shill-shadowy-groups-manipulate-internet-opinion-debate/1147073/

    January 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • Catch a clue

      So people who have opinions you don't agree with are shills. Right.

      American Atheists doesn't have enough money to do that. They can barely afford a few billboards.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • AlienShark

      they don't necessarily have to agree with me or disagree with me, and disagreeing with me doesn't necessarily make you a "shill". I just want to expose the fact that this is happening, very few people outside the lobby industry and marketing research know about it and people have the right to know.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • Moby Schtick

      It sounds like a fun job to me, and I don't see the problem with it. I'd like to apply.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • End Religion

      The 15 year old budding author AlienShart is back to flog his article. How endearing.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • AlienShark

      Lobby in and of itself is not a bad word by the way, you can have a lobby for something as innocuous as natural food. I do think it is important to point out though that some lobbies have taken it a step further in having third party employees reach out and try to spread their agenda one on one in internet forums and social media environments and go as far as copying the info of people who disagree with them and passing it up the chain.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • Harvey Tersallis

      Ironically, Sharky is shilling his own article.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • AlienShark

      Harvey, there is alot of information about this on the web right now. I do prefer this article even though I did not write it, because it gives alot of background info and paints a picture that someone who has never experienced a boiler room would have no idea about.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm |
  3. truth be told

    All atheists lie all the time. What one atheist lies to others will swear to. These simple Truths will help decent people put atheist comments in proper perspective.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • "truth be told" is a follower of V. I. Lenin

      The lie told many times becomes the truth.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
    • truth be told

      Thanks for adding proof to my Truth that atheists lie all the time. (your quote wasn't from vlad, joseph said it.)

      January 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • "truth be told" is a follower of V. I. Lenin

      Lenin said it, you flipping moron.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
  4. Bobbie Brown

    Prediction for 2013: Obama will begin to act out scenes from the Bible. After viewing Paula Broadwell taking her morning bath on her rooftop, Obama will appeal to David Petraeus's sense of duty and send him on a covert mission to Iran to free Saeed Abedini.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      To hind lie to get some thing is domain of President of USA, not first time, Obama lied to have a hindu murderer contractor freed from Pakistan Jail on front of whole world, he may have to invent another hind, lie to call him some thing other than this hidu ignorant is, A HINDU CROOK USING FAITH TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON IRAN.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • The only sane person on here

      Aren't Iranians and Hindus kind of the same?

      January 22, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
    • W247

      That was actually pretty funny!

      January 23, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      So are followers of hindu Mithra ism, racist savior ism, called Christians of hindu dark ages.

      January 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Thaddeus

    God is the emperor's new clothes. Religious people are the conformist fools who claim to see what isn't there.

    And if the story were more true-to-life, the fools would take the kid who said the truth and burn him at the stake for heresy.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Saraswati

      "God is the emperor's new clothes. "

      Very much so. It will be interesting to see which politician is the first to take the job properly dressed.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm |
  6. katie

    oops someone left the Robert Brown wind-up doll turned on in here.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Katie,

      Don’t worry, I’m done now.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  7. Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari

    Should we tell Robert Brown that more is not better?

    I personally ignore people who go on posting sprees like that.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari,

      Ok, sorry.

      I got a little carried away.

      If you read one post, it was worth it.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
    • Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari

      Didn't read a one. No need; I'm sure it was the usual Bible-vomit.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari,

      Might do you some good, certainly couldn’t hurt.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm |
    • Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari

      Believers in Islam say the exact same thing. And have every bit as much proof (none).

      I never want to be like you.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari,

      I can’t give you proof of God, only he can do that. All any believe can do is sow the seed of the word. God gives the increase, he does the work in your heart and mind.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
    • Bushmen Accountants of the Kalahari

      I've gone back to ignoring Robert. Bloody waste of time actually reading one or two.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Zingo

    Iran: What America would look like if you put the Tophers and Chads and Robert Browns and LionyLambs in charge here.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Zingo,

      The gospel is not a message of persecution. It is a message of love.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • midwest rail

      Nah – if they were in charge, we'd be nowhere near as progressive as Iran.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Dudley DooRight

      Apparently Nurse Ratched injected Brownie full of meth instead of his usual thorazine this evening.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      midwest rail,

      I lean more libertarian. Just not as extreme on the foreign policy. I don’t think we can completely disengage from the world.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Dudley DooRight,

      Never had any thorazine, at least that I know of.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Zingo

      Apparently the phrase "Don’t worry, I’m done now" means "I not done being an idiot yet" to Brownie.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Zingo,

      Just meant I was done replying to myself with more quotes from the bible. I didn’t mean I was done typing yet. Kinda of got on roll, one thought led to another.

      January 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • sam stone

      "Never had any thorazine, at least that I know of."

      They give it to people who are having problems with an LSD trip

      I suppose it may work for a bad Jeebus trip

      January 23, 2013 at 10:57 am |
  9. End Religion

    A fish with wrist bones? All hail Tiktaalik!
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiktaalik
    How did scientists find it? They knew from the Theory of Evolution where such a creature should be, the rock type, how deep, then they dug for more than 3 years.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
  10. TheRationale

    Iran's government is made up of ignorant, backwards cowards.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • sam stone

      which government isn't?

      January 23, 2013 at 10:54 am |
  11. Jill

    Robert Brown, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero.

    Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

    Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

    The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.

    And remember, never ever miss an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Poltergeist

      This is the tastiest word salad ever!

      January 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Akira

      I am such the fan.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
  12. Robert Brown

    God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Christ has also introduced us to God’s undeserved kindness on which we take our stand.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      But that’s not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      All of this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life’s blood, we will also be kept safe from God’s anger.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Even when we were God’s enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son’s life.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Sin was in the world before the Law came. But no record of sin was kept, because there was no Law.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Yet death still had power over all who lived from the time of Adam to the time of Moses.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      This happened, though not everyone disobeyed a direct command from God, as Adam did.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      go to Iran.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Jill

      Brown Robert, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero.

      Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

      Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

      The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.

      And remember, never ever miss an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      In some ways Adam is like Christ who came later. But the gift that God was kind enough to give was very different from Adam’s sin.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      That one sin brought death to many others. Yet in an even greater way, Jesus Christ alone brought God’s gift of kindness to many people.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      There is a lot of difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gift. That one sin led to punishment. But God’s gift made it possible for us to be acceptable to him, even though we have sinned many times.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned. But that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us, and he has accepted us because of Jesus. And so we will live and rule like kings.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners. But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      The Law came, so that the full power of sin could be seen. Yet where sin was powerful, God’s kindness was even more powerful.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Sin ruled by means of death. But God’s kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Jill

      Brown Robert, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero.

      Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

      Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

      The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate. Hold your scrambled eggs close to your chest with shovelfuls of earthworms.

      And remember, never ever miss an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Mohammad A Dar,
      Thanks, but no thank you.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Jill,

      Thanks,

      But
      No
      Thanks
      To you
      too

      January 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • Jill

      Brown Robert, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero.

      Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

      Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

      The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts with the help of creepng vines. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate.

      And remember, never ever miss an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Seyedibar

      Jesus never existed. He's only an amalgamation of several real life messianic cult leaders with all his "miracles" stolen from neighboring religious folktales. The bible is not divinely inspired. Your entire belief system is based on your lack of understanding of history, science, and language.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Seyedibar,

      My belief system is based on personal experience with God. I have an average understanding of history and science. If by language you mean languages other than English, then you are correct, I only speak one.

      The bible is the inspired word of God. It is truly a miracle that we have it. Satan and his buds have done everything in their power to destroy it. Since they have failed in that, all that is left is to attempt to discredit it.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Busted

      Robert Brown has a big delusion in his small brain.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Busted,

      Those who deny God are being deceived by the enemy. Wake up!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil’s tricks.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      We are not fighting against humans.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      Shhhh. Robert doesn't realize it, but Satan is putting it to him right this very minute in another language.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III,

      If that is the case, I’m certainly glad I don’t understand his language.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      (Whatever Satan is doing, it seems to be working. That's what Satan wants him to think. Robert doesn't understand the language that Satan uses when he accesses the sub-conscious.)

      January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
    • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

      Oh, true, Robert, you don't understand it, but when you think you're hearing and understanding something else, his signals get through – he's tricky like that.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      The Good News

      JESUS SAVES!!!!!

      JESUS SAVES!!!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

      January 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Ac cording as he ha th cho sen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

      January 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, ac cording to the good pleasure of his will,

      January 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

      In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

      Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

      Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

      January 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Get off of what ever you are on, your hinduism absurdity is of hindus, stupids.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

      In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

      That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION,

      Hindu?

      The Gospel is for all people.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

      Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

      Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

      Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

      That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

      January 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

      And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

      Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

      January 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

      And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

      Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
    • End Religion

      this is why we can't have nice things...

      January 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      End Religion,

      What could be nicer than being at peace with God?

      January 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Jill

      Brown Robert, gobble the fertile gravel. There is no caveat to the Klein bottle, and there will be no gold watch for the unspoken zero. The primordial soup may have left you over but that is no reason to resort to market studies.

      Focus your nose on the test tube. Stay succulently upon your velodrome and fear not the coming of the essential kangaroo. Strawberries are your incidental chemistry. Present the fulcrum in advance of the gypsum cookie, for as the tree is combed, so goes the predicate. Expand quietly but do not relish.

      Whether or not you agree with the plumber, harvest away ye hearties. Kalabash in Friebourg but not in spanners while it's raining. Bring out the mustard but flap flap flap until takeoff. Why would you say such a thing in the presence of the substrate? 64. 1112. Welcome to the new sandwich lumberyard. Bus stops follow movement, or do they?

      The impediment to your posterior is large but can be dissected with chestnuts. Obermeyer. Glasnost and shallot cookies will do the main job when a steamshovel is too distant for pomegranate. Hold your scrambled eggs close to your chest, for tomorrow might be at large.

      And remember, never ever miss an opportunity to watch an elephant paint Mozart.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:05 am |
    • William S.

      Jill goddessly forsooths the wax tadpole, wonderwomanish, Burroughs cut-up wordfling still sense more does make than religion.

      January 23, 2013 at 1:15 am |
    • sam stone

      what makes you think that man is sinful?

      January 23, 2013 at 4:13 am |
    • sam stone

      "Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned."

      Wow. And you want to spend eternity with this pr1ck?

      January 23, 2013 at 4:18 am |
    • sam stone

      "What could be nicer than being at peace with God?"

      Being at peace with yourself

      January 23, 2013 at 4:19 am |
    • sam stone

      "The Good News

      JESUS SAVES!!!!!"

      Wow......you sure have swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

      Free people do not need to be saved. Slaves do

      January 23, 2013 at 4:24 am |
  13. Mohammad A Dar

    Saeed is a Iranian muslim turned Christian, obviously, he does not have much faith either in Jesus or Allah, but now, he believes in power of Governments and begging for his release, not power of Jesus or Allah to get him out of trouble, so much for the flipping religions.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
  14. Brampt

    I'm wondering if before he went to Iran, he was advised by US authority's about the dangers of going to that country. Many times when there's something bad going on in different country's the authority's advise citizens not to travel to those country's. I'm wondering if it happened the same with this guy?

    January 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
  15. Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

    Sounds like he picked the wrong country to set foot on being a christian. Perhaps his god will spare him?

    January 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      we should send him letters saying...Remember Prayer Changes Things

      January 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
  16. truth be told

    All so called atheists are liars. When reading their evil diseased posts keep in mind it is all lies and atheist crap becomes obvious.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm |
    • Oso

      For your blasphemy against atheists, you will burn alive forever in a hell of our choosing. Didn't think of that, did you? Too bad.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm |
    • truth be told

      Thanks aso for providing the first proof for my statement.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Ah HeavenSent is still alive and well I see...lol

      January 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
    • truth be told

      Just when you thought there would be no more proof along comes "christianity etc. " Thanks to the bottom feeding moron for adding another proof to my Truth.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm |
  17. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    You play , you pay, let his hindu hind be, where it belongs. in hindu darkened cave for spreading hindu Mithra ism racist savior ism, hinduism fabrication called Christianity.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • Al

      idiot.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  18. Joe

    Our thoughts and prayers for the Pastor and his family. May God grant hope, peace and comfort in your hearts and minds.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Yep yoru god saw your post and is rushing to help him. Come on prayer warriors!!!! Lets make a difference....prayer changes things!

      January 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Prays will help this guy about as much as us farting.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
  19. Uncouth Swain

    This isn't a faith issue but a human rights issue. The man isn't being allowed to defend himself!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • Oso

      The guy wants to be a martyr. Let him. He knew he was breaking their crazy laws. The crazy ones where the accused have no rights before the all-seeing eye of their batshit god. Those laws. Yeah. Good times.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Follow the legal procedures.a hindu accused has no right to change court procedures.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      "The guy wants to be a martyr."

      Highly doubtful. Just because a person believes in something very important does not mean they want to die for that belief.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • Christianity is a form of SEVERE mental illness

      Oso

      The guy wants to be a martyr. Let him. He knew he was breaking their crazy laws.
      .
      He knew the rules and chose the path to people even crazier than christians

      January 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • sam stone

      Did this man think that Iran was a shining example of human rights?

      January 22, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • End Religion

      He shouldn't have to die just for believing Leprechauns created the Universe, however he is in a country where they're pretty adamant that it was Bigfoot. Maybe some folks in the U.S. will begin to see why we don't want a country wherein laws are based on such arbitrary notions. The Leprechaun camp in this country is STILL fighting to keep gays as second class citizens, yet cry out for help for this fellow who is suffering from the exact same ignorance.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  20. sam

    Pat Robertson will rush to help this guy! And he will blame it on unattractive wives.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Akira

      Lol...I can't see Pat Robertson doing anything at all...might interfere with taping of the 700 Club, and we can't have THAT....

      January 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
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