The U.S. State Department's ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom is calling on Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who is facing execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.
In a speech at the U.S. Institute for Peace Wednesday, Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook took up Pastor Youcef's cause.
"I want to echo President Obama's and Secretary Clinton's - and repeat my own - condemnation of his conviction and our calls on Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadharkani immediately," Cook said.
"I urge all of you to do the same," she added.
ACLJ attorney Jordan Sekulow met with State Department officials in the Office of Religious Freedom about the pastor's case Wednesday. He shared the details of that meeting, on CBN News Channel Morning News, Nov. 10.
Religious rights advocates say Nadharkani is being targeted because he leads a large Christian house church and has challenged a government requirement that Christian students recite the Koran and learn about Islam in public schools.
The pastor's case has gained international attention, and now Ayatollah Khomeini is personally deciding his fate.
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- Follow us @CBNNews, then retweet our post, "Who is Youcef Nadarkhani? A pastor, husband & father who may be killed in Iran for his faith. RT for religious freedom, http//bit.ly/cbnnews."
Sign the online petition to save Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani here.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for urgent action:
- Voice your concerns now to the Iranian Embassy here.
- You can also call the Iranian liaison office in the U.S. State Department.The number is 202-647-6575.
The American Center for Law and Justice is working with Pastor Nadharkani's legal team to secure his freedom.