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Topic - Yousef Nadarkhani
If gestures of good will are greeted with streams of invective, a visitor will conclude that "this must be the Middle East." When President Obama arrives in Israel next week, he will say encouraging things about the plight of the Palestinian people and their quest for a state of their own.
The Islamic regime in Tehran is believed to have given the go-ahead this week for the execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic religion he never held. The international attention his case has attracted may be the only thing keeping him alive.
Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian cleric facing death for the crime of apostasy against an Islamic faith he never held, has been given a temporary stay of execution. Iran's top judge, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, instructed presiding Judge Ghazi Kashani to delay carrying out capital punishment for a year in order to give time for Mr. Nadarkhani to recant Christianity and become a Muslim.
The Obama administration has been obsessed with Muslim outreach and recently tried to mend fences with the Jewish community. Given the state of the world, however, the White House ought to be focused on helping the world's oppressed Christians.
Yousef Nadarkhani, a 34-year-old Christian cleric, is facing death for apostasy against a faith he never held. The Islamic Republic of Iran has accused Mr. Nadarkhani, a pastor of the evangelical Church of Iran, of the capital offense of forsaking Islam.
When told he must return "to the religion of [his] ancestors, Islam," Mr. Nadarkhani said, "I cannot."
The true believer, he wrote, "does not need to wonder for the fiery trial that has been set on for him as though it were something unusual, but it pleases him to participate in Christ's suffering. Because the believer knows he will rejoice in his glory."