American pastor from Iranian prison: “They are trying to put me under such horrific pressures”


An American pastor is currently imprisoned in Iran, but despite what appears to be torturous persecution from the Iranian regime, President Obama and newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry remain silent on his captivity.

from Baptist Press:

Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, has released a letter from within Iran’s brutal Evin prison in Tehran, demonstrating that his faith remains strong despite abusive tactics from Iranian officials aimed at getting him to renounce Christ.

"They are trying to put me under such horrific pressures (that are sometimes unbearable) so that they can show me that my faith is empty and not real," Saeed wrote. 

"And after all of these pressures, after all of the nails they have pressed against my hands and feet, they are only waiting for one thing … for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me," he wrote in the letter that was translated into English.

The text of the letter was circulated Feb. 22 by the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been advocating for the pastor’s release. He was sentenced in January to eight years in prison for starting a house church network a decade ago.

"This new letter from Pastor Saeed could not be more clear or direct — he continues to face life-threatening abuse simply because of his religious beliefs," Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ’s executive director, said. "The letter also underscores the need to move quickly."

Abedini reported that the conditions inside the prison are so difficult that his eyes are blurry and he lacks strength to walk. 

"Various (bullying) groups, the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing my family, physical violence, actions committed to humiliate me, insults, being mocked, being confronted with extremists in the prison who create another prison within the prison walls, and the death threats …," Abedini wrote.

As a Christian pastor, he believes he is carefully watched and is expected to smile despite the harsh treatment.

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President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry need to speak out on behalf of this imprisoned and persecuted American Citizen.  

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