ACLJ: Obama Admin. Betrayed Pastor Saeed, Others

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The American Center for Law and Justice says the Obama administration should never have struck a deal with Iran without part of the terms being the release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini and other Americans being held in Iranian prisons.

ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow says basically, President Barack Obama and Secretary of John Kerry turned their back on their fellow Americans.

"It is outrageous and a betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who has spent more than a year in an Iranian prison simply because of his Christian faith," Sekulow said, following word of a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program and world sanctions against it.

"The Obama administration has left Pastor Saeed behind. And by failing to secure his release as a precondition to any negotiations, the Obama administration sends a troubling message to the Iranian government that Americans are expendable," Sekulow concluded.

The ACLJ has been working on a worldwide campaign for the release of Pastor Saeed, who has been in prison for more than a year simply for his faith in Jesus Christ.

Saeed was in Iran to help open an orphanage when he was arrested, tried, and sentenced to eight years in prison.

He was recently moved from the nortoriously bad Evin Prison to the even harsher Rajai Shahr Prison, known for brutal murders and unexplained deaths. Iran sends prisoners there to put them out of sight of human rights organizations and the media.

The Iranian-American pastor has been tortured and abused during his entire imprisonment. Saeed, who has a wife and two children, has often been refused medical treatment and medication. Yet, he has not denied Christ. In fact, he has led at least 30 people to faith in Jesus.

Naghmeh Abedini, Saeed's wife, has spoken before Congress, the United Nations, and to national and international media with the hope of helping see her husband freed.

She said God is using the situation to further the Gospel through Saeed in the prisons -- and through her in every speech she has made.

She told CBN News in an interview earlier this year that God, not Iran, will free Saeed.  Click here to see her full interview with CBN's Wendy Griffith on The 700 Club earlier this year.

The ACLJ has launched an online social media campaign on behalf of Pastor Saeed and other persecuted Christians around the world at

Click here or go to the ACLJ website for more on their efforts.

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