NEWS RELEASE · 29th September 2011
Foreign Affairs Canada
Minister Baird Deplores Possible Death Sentence for Apostasy in Iran
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today expressed concern over reports that Iran may soon execute an Iranian Christian, Youcef Nadarkhani, for apostasy:
“Canada deeply deplores reports that an Iranian Christian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, could be imminently executed for refusing an order by Iran's courts to recant his faith.
“We continue to call upon Iran to uphold its obligations under international human rights law, including the right to freedom of religion or belief.
“This is a universal human right that Canada continues to champion, including most recently at the United Nations General Assembly.
“Iran consistently violates the human rights of minorities, including Christians and Bahá’í.
“Our government is committed to establishing an Office of Religious Freedom to promote and protect these rights around the world, ensuring that this type of persecution does not go unchecked.”
Of course this happens...
Comment by Maggie Jo on 2nd October 2011
Of course this happens all the time; with little media reporting in the interim, cuz we as good solid members of Society have more "important" things to tend to.
Gee...wonder how (with John Baird's pressure) the Iranian Gov't will try to "TRUMP UP the charges" against this individual, to legitimize this upcoming execution in efforts to get it over and done with as quickly as possible before the rest of the world catches on.
Like DAT hasn't happened before - media coverage or no media coverage.
This happens more than the media reports
Comment by Dave on 30th September 2011
Maggie Jo...said its insane whats happening, as a Christian myself I can't say that this is insane and Christ himself said of the world that "they hated me so they will hate you". He also said in Matt 10 and Luke 21 that parents will deliver up their brothers and parents will deliver up their children to be arrested and executed for being Christians. That the Bible teaches it is governments who will sanction and carry out the persecution.
So often the North American form of Christianity teaches that "God has a wonderful plan for your life". Church history says that all the disciples save for John were killed in various ways...what happened to the "wonderful plan" there? Jesus said his disciples would be persecuted and the Bible says that in 2Tim 3:12 who ever wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will face persecution. The "wonderful plan" that Churches are selling is about luring people to Churches with carnal means. God does have a wonderful plan for people and its about giving you eternal life that comes from repenting of sin and believing on His son Jesus Christ who died so your sins could be paid for. The wonderful plan is also about freeing you from slavery to materialism and not gifting you with more things to take your eyes off of God who is calling you to worship Him alone.
The thing with persecution is that it has an interesting effect in the life of the Church. In many countries in the world (such as Iran) there are Church groups who meet in secret in non government sanctioned Churches. These believers know that any day the Police could break down the door and throw them all in jail. They are often beaten, robbed, burned and killed for simply believing in Christ. The effect this has on the Church is there are few luke warm, half hearted Christians. How could there be? If you were willing to give up your life to have a Bible than how can you be half hearted about it? Christ said of persecution that you will have it, but he said "he who overcomes to the end will be saved". How many (I ask myself this as well) of the current believers in our Churches in North America would continue attending Church services if it literally cost them everything? Christ said in Luke 9:24 Who ever desires to save his own life will lose it, but who ever loses his own life for my sake will save it. (His is speaking of eternal life here of course because you can just "lose" you life like your keys or something).
Anyway check out www.persecution.com and just check out some more of what happens everyday around the world to those "who chose live a godly life in Christ Jesus".
Rev 12:11 They triumphed over him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
What can I do for this man in Iran you ask, you pray that God's will be done in Iran in the life of Youcef Nadarkhani.
Comment by Steve Smyth on 29th September 2011
"When we assume the arrogant responsibility to end another person's breathing life on this planet...we're no better than Sudam Hussein who executed people."
So much irony in this statement.....do you forget that we (the all powerful, all forgiving West) did just that to Hussein and his ministers?
R U Kidding me?!?!!
Comment by Maggie Jo on 29th September 2011
To think one is threatened with prompt execution for not denouncing their religious beliefs is a most outrageous crime towards humanity! So thx to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for publicly trying his best to "intefere" with this scheduled exucution.
We all know how different countries have different laws than what we are so graced in our own "free reigned" Countries to experience in the interim; and when we tourists travel abroad we have to remain apprised of such laws, but THIS is insane!
I have a problem with death penalties. When we assume the arrogant responsibility to end another person's breathing life on this planet...we're no better than Sudam Hussein who executed people. A life is a life...period.
Can you imagine being the Executioner? Ugh. Lots of emotional stuff must be going on in their human minds from ending a life on earth, heh?
We must continue to stand up for the Right to Life for ALL human beings - even while being scoffed at in the interim; whether we believe in their cause or not. A human life is a human life.