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April 2, 2007

So Much for Being a “Person of the Book” Iranian Style

While Islam claims to have no designs of domination of man and of regions, and also claim to allow other “People of the Book” to live in the peace of God, their actions, as usual are different from their words.

Case in Point: Issa Motamedi Mojdehi

No personal or prison address has been made available by Iran – small wonder.

Issa and his wife, Parvah, attempted to register the birth of their son, Micah, who was born in January, with the civil population bureau. Selecting such a Biblical name may have caused the authorities to begin investigating this Christian family. Issa was arrested July 24th on false charges of drug trafficking.

At the time of his July 24th arrest the convert was told he must renounce Christianity or face years in jail and possible execution for his apostasy. Under Iran’s judicial system based on Islamic law, anyone who leaves Islam for another religion has committed a capital offense. Lakan Prison officials reportedly tried for days to force him to confess to being involved in illegal drug trafficking.

Using strong psychological pressures, including threats to kill his family and other Christian believers, Issa was interrogated by secret service agents and a professor of Islamic theology, who urged him to recant his Christian faith and return to Islam. Issa refused to do so.

Iranian court authorities in the Northern city of Rasht have released Issa. He was granted bail August 24th, but the judge introduced new accusations against him at this hearing. According to unnamed “confidential witnesses,” the judge said, the convert’s eight-year-old daughter, Martha, allegedly had been trying to lead other children to the Christian faith.

He was reunited with his wife, Parvah, and his two children following his release. He has moved his family to an undisclosed location, but is subject to be recalled to court. Issa converted to Christianity seven years ago. He asks, “Pray for me, that I would be stronger in my faith.” Issa told other believers that the calmness and protection God gave him during his time in prison were miraculous.

Source: Compass Direct News

This case is not unique, but is mirrored daily in the Middle East, all in the name of Allah.

I have decided to post concerning the abuses of basic human rights. This will focus on Islam and the nation of China, but will also focus on any other nation, including America, that actively persecutes people for their expression of free speech and/or religion. While this is guaranteed in the US Constitution, I hold that it is a right that no man nor any state can deny, and hope that all would agree with this most reasonable position.



  1. Ideally, the UK would give some real fireworks to the Iranian people, who eventually are responsible for the actions of their government

    This is a contestable point actually. Iran does not have anything remotely resembling free and fair elections. The clerics decide what parties are allowed to run and IIRC can nullify election results.

    Comment by hydralisk — April 3, 2007 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  2. I hold that people are responsible for their government, regardless of the government’s policies. If the situation were untenable the people would be rioting in the streets, rather than singing the praises of their leadership. There is such a thing as accountability.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 3, 2007 @ 3:39 am | Reply

  3. Why, so they can be locked up in a prison cell without a trial, held there indefinitely and maybe tortured at the whim of the state? It’s a lot to expect of people who live under despotism to be responsible for the policies of their government. In NK for example they’re too busy starving to death to do anything even if they weren’t brainwashed, which they are.

    Comment by hydralisk — April 3, 2007 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, that is true, but if the sentiment against the government is widespread wouldn’t a movement against it have a chance of success? You can’t arrest and kill everyone.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 4, 2007 @ 6:27 am | Reply

  5. Then the movement would succeed. But to organize a movement like that is exceedingly difficult and frankly, I think it’s a lot to expect of the ordinary person to be willing to throw away his life for a political cause.

    Comment by hydralisk — April 6, 2007 @ 12:12 am | Reply

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