State Department Skipped Pastor Saeed Abedini Hearing but Admin Offered “Unflagging Support” for Arabic Speaking American Hikers Living in Damascus

The case of Christian American pastor Saeed Abedini, who is currently held in Iran’s horrible Evin prison, was to have a hearing at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Capitol Hill last Friday. Abedini’s wife and other family members were there to testify. The State Department notified Congressman Frank Wolf, Chair of the Commission,  one day before the hearing, that no one was available to attend. This just after the U.N. Human Rights Council, which routinely cites Israel for it’s inhumanity, refused to comment on Abedini’s imprisonment. Here’s the thing to remember: the U.N. panders to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). They are powerful…powerful in the U.N. They represent every Islamic country. They represent nothing in your best interest or the interests of the United States. Do I need to mention that Rep. Wolf is a Republican? The way we handle Christian Americans compared to American Islamic sympathizers is stark.

Saeed Abedini, an American born in Iran and a convert from Islam to Christianity

Saeed Abedini, an American born in Iran and a convert from Islam to Christianity

Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of the Capitol Hill commission holding the hearing, slammed the Obama administration for turning down the invitation to testify.

“It is amazing,” Wolf told “I can’t, almost, believe it.”

The hearing, which began Friday morning, focuses on the plight of religious minorities in Iran. Slated to testify are the group representing the Abedini family in the U.S. as well as Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh.

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission reached out to the State Department last Friday in a bid to bring in a State Department witness to speak on the lead-off panel.

A Wolf aide said despite repeated attempts they didn’t hear back from the department until Thursday, when the department said no one was available.

Wolf voiced skepticism at the excuse. “The building is loaded with people,” he said of the State Department.

“The very fact that the United States government is not speaking out sends a very powerful message,” Wolf said.

All of the above demonstrates why we are deeply engaged in the U.N. Small Arms Treaty. The War on Terror terrorists are from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. The treaty purports to be in the business of preventing terrorism…but the U.N. has no definition of terrorism because such a definition might shine light on the offenders, the OIC. There will be no finger-pointing toward the OIC, or Iran who has placed  Pastor Abedini in the Tehran prison. Abedini was working on an orphanage when he was arrested. His situation is dire, but we haven’t heard a word from this administration which offered their “unflagging support” for the three young hikers who wandered into Iran from Iraq. Two of the American hikers lived in Damascus, Syria and were fluent Arabic speakers. Christians are not a concern of the Obama cabinet. The U.S. has no Embassy in Iran, and has had no U.S. Ambassador to Iran since 1979.

Related and Background:

Saeed Abedini: Ignored by Administration

Another Christian Minister Imprisoned in Iran