(CNSNews.com) – An Iranian-born American pastor imprisoned in Iran has told his family in a letter he is being beaten and threatened with death, the American Center for Law and Justice reported Thursday, adding that the State Department has “done very little” to help a U.S. citizen in peril.
Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has been held by Iranian authorities since his arrest last September while visiting his family in Iran, according to the ACLJ. A convert from Islam and an ordained evangelical pastor, Abedini helped lead underground house churches in Iran before moving to the U.S. in 2005.
It is not that he is a US citizien, it is the fact that he is a pastor why they are not doing anything about it. Don't you worry, I pray daily for all my brothers and sisters in persecution and those that are in jail to be released and deliver...and the Lord is faitjhful! thank you for posting this. Do me a favor and post this on my End Times Prophetic group, thanks.
I beg to differ. The US and Iran have no formal diplomatic relations. You can't just show up at the embassy in Iran and start complaining, there is no embassy. The only kinds of relations that exist are back-channel. Our public narrative is one of imposing economic sanctions, in concert with Europe, for Iran's pursuit of uranium enrichment programs suitable for nuclear weapons. Given this, it's unsurprising that we have little pull on the back channels. Why should Iran remotely care what we want, when they see this guy as just another dissident who should be tortured like all the rest?
Going to visit his family was very foolish. Sad but true. If you were a Jew would you visit Nazi Germany to see what's left of your family? I wonder if he acknowledged the realities of the horrible situation before embarking on his journey. Did he do it with foolish optimism? Or with full awareness, but guilt or longing that drove him to do it anyways? Did he go because he thought he could save his family from something? That at least would be noble, if possibly misguided.