Saeed Abedini: Congressional Hearing Before Human Rights Comm: Administration Ignored Abedini

We need the Sultan of Oman to come to the rescue of this American pastor (details below). The co-chairs of the House Human Rights Commission signed onto a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry in February, asking the State Department to do “more,” to do something about the abhorrent conditions American Christian pastor Saeed Abedini is enduring in an Iranian prison. Jordan Sekulow with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says Congress is doing “everything it can” but the administration has “ignored” Abedini’s plight. Abedini has been told he can “go home” if he will renounce Christianity, which he refuses to do. According to Sekulow, Pastor Abedini is suffering from internal bleeding.

Saeed Abedini, Naghmeh Abedini and children

Saeed Abedini, Naghmeh Abedini and children

Abedini is a convert from Islam to Christianity. He opened an orphanage in his native country of Iran (or has worked on opening one) and is married to Naghmeh Abedini who lives in Idaho with their two children.

The Iranian-born pastor has been inside Evin Prison in Tehran ever since his arrest in September 2012 and his subsequent sentencing. The Iranian court convicted him of endangering national security, but the ACLJ says that the real reason behind the trial was that Abedini has helped many Christians in underground churches in Iran since his conversion to Christianity in 2000.

As Nagmeh writes, her husband had been building an orphanage in Iran when he was taken by authorities. Source: Christian Post

According to Mrs. Abedini, when Saeed left the U.S. for Iran he planned to be away for only a few weeks.

The joint letter referenced above from Congress to the State Department said:

“Every American citizen traveling or living abroad should have the assurance that the U.S. government will come vigorously to his or her defense if they are unjustly detained or imprisoned,” a joint letter by the congressmen read. (see the link for the Christian Post above)

Sekulow used the example of the young American hikers who strayed across the Iranian border from Iraq into Iran. Two of the three were fluent Arabic speakers and lived in Syria. The situation is nothing similar to Abedini’s other than they were Americans held in the notorious Evin Prison. Abedini is in Iran legally and being held because he is Christian. The female hiker was released due to a medical condition. The two men were held for a little over two years. The Sultan of Oman intervened and sent a airplane to fly the men from Iran to the U.S. Does anyone think the Sultan of Oman or any Sultan will intervene to save the life of an American Christian pastor?

An interesting note about the “Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.” Deceased Democrat Congressman Tom Lantos (CA) co-founded the House Human Rights Commission. There is not a chairman. The Commission has two co-chairs, currently James McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolfe (R-VA). In 2011, Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced legislation, which passed, to add the name of Tom Lantos to the commission name. Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress. He died in 2008.

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Jordan Sekulow with Fox News’ Martha McCallum on Pastor Saeed Abedini (video)

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  • Richard Hensley

    Maggie, I have read several of your posts (including the one today) related to Saeed Abedini. I respect and admire your tenacity in trying to get Abedini out of Iran. Unfortunately neither John Kerry nor obummer will do anything regarding this matter for fear offending the muslim (purposely not capitalized) community. Prayer may be the only option at the moment.

    • Hi Richard, when missionaries get into these situations, I often wonder if God really led them there. There are so many people to minister to. I assume it’s true that he was helping the underground Christian churches there and I’m sure they need more than a little help. It just seems so hopeless. If he dies in prison he can’t save anyone, but in other places he could. I get exasperated at times, but I don’t what his heart has told him he must do, but helping orphaned children in Iran is one of them. God Bless him. It takes a great deal of courage to get into that awful situation, especially when you have your own children here.

  • Richard Hensley

    First, I do not think I could describe the situation better than you have. I do not believe that God would knowingly lead missionaries in harms way. It takes a devout christian (“and a great deal of courage”) to venture into areas where they are not wanted by the majority. Especially a country such as Iran and working in the underground church. Iranian religion and politics are one and the same (their spies are everywhere). Abedini is to be admired and prayed for, he and his family. Also, thanks to you Maggie for keeping this atrocity in the public eye (the true reason for the media).