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Iran Arrests Christian Missionaries

World  (tags: Christ, Church, Christian, missionaries, persecution, Iran )

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The provincial governor in Tehran told a state news agency that a number of Christian missionaries have been arrested in Iran's capital city and the surrounding province. "Various kinds of fake, deviated and corrupt cults have sharpened their teeth for


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Cheryl B (64)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 5:00 am
sad news

Kaye S (45)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 12:18 pm
No surprise there.

Marti Williams (170)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 12:20 pm
This is so sad...

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 6:59 pm
Sad news , our prayers are with them !

Rebecca T (1)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:16 pm
Not really sure why this is being touted as sad news. Of course I don't want anyone to be hurt, and without knowing the full extent of the story I can't formulate a truly just opinion, BUT... enough with Christian missionaries already! Atheists don't go from country to country trying to convert people into intelligent, independent thinking beings, and missionaries shouldn't go from country to country trying to convince people of the ridiculous fairytale that they consider to be true. As Mark Twain once said, if Christ were to come back to Earth, there is one thing he would not be, and that is a Christian.

Donn M (56)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:26 pm
So, Rebecca, you don't consider the restriction of freedom to be sad news? Shouldn't people be allowed to learn about different religions and be free to make up their own minds? What is sad here is your confusing an athiests lack of belief with intelligence and independent thinking.

Robert B (10)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:37 pm
This is news?

Pull all of the good people out of there & NUKE the ignorant, holy-rolling government!

Rebecca T (1)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 9:56 pm
Donni, I do consider the restriction of freedom to be sad, but I consider the thrusting of one's beliefs onto others, while proclaiming them to be truths incredibly damaging. I am not confusing an atheist's lack of belief with intelligence or independent thinking. They typically go hand in hand. Especially independent thinking.

Donn M (56)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 10:10 pm
Would you really consider yourself to be incredibly damaged just by allowing someone of faith to talk to you about their religion? Why is discussing religion any different than discussing politics or environmentalism or anything else that people hold strong views about?

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday January 22, 2011, 10:17 pm
Unfortunately Islam is not as tolerant as other religions,Iran and the other middle east countries have strict blasphemy laws.We speak openly in these countries of our religion and we risk the imposition of their law.Why go to these barbaric bloody countries.Stay away.

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 2:26 am
Let's hope that they treat them in a civilised way. The way it treats its own arrested citizens gives me fear for the fate of anyone who is arrested in Iran!!

Terry B (649)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 9:14 am
Robert B -- while I sympathize whole-heartedly with your position, no nukes, please.

To conserve the environment, other species of plants and animals, and still get rid of the creeps, get a couple of those big fire-fighting tanker planes and spray the place with pork lard.

Mission accomplished, no harm, no foul

. (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:49 am
Regardless of which religion was proselytizing there, bottom line is that it's still religious persecution.

Rebecca T (1)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 10:49 am
Donni, my personal experiences with Christians (and I have been surrounded by them my whole life, as my family is full of them) have shown that they are rarely capable of discussion and open mindedness. I am not throwing a blanket over all Christians, but I can only gather that those who would make it their life's work to spread Christianity around the world fall quite heavily into that category.

Robert O (12)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 1:24 pm
This is awful news, but hardly comes as a surprise. This is Iran we're talking about after all. Thanks.

Donn M (56)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 4:14 pm
I'm sorry to hear that, Rebecca. I've always held missionaries in high regard. They risk a lot, including their lives sometimes, to introduce people to their faith.

Ellen W (0)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 4:50 pm
I'm sorry but anyone foolish enough to go to a country that persecutes it own citizens, and try to teach anything, let alone religion, is asking for it. Maybe as "good christians" they are testing the power of their god to save them. In āʾ Allāh, as they say in Arabic (not Persian) God willing.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 6:37 pm
A country as radical as Iran should be given wide berth by all Christians. Times are now upon us where there seems to be an upsurge in hatred against us.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday January 23, 2011, 7:29 pm
I agree with the above 2 statements. STAY OUT OF IRAN.

Ellen W (0)
Monday January 24, 2011, 3:05 am
Do the Jones' know any Iranians? I know many and they are good people. It's not the people that hate the US, it's the Government. 70% of the population of Iran is under 35 and they aren't interested in religion, they want what most Americans their age want jobs, freedom of expression and to be able to do what they choose.
If you think about it what does "radical" mean? The US isn't an example of human rights or freedom of expression these days. They lock up people in inhumane conditions without charging them for months, I'm thinking of Bradley Manning. There are nuts all over the place with guns listening to tv personalities dehumanizing people whose political beliefs they don't agree with instilling them with inspiration to go out and kill people.
Americans spend more on health care than any western country and have the highest infant mortality rate and the worst service.... I could go on...but won't.
Maybe those Christians should do their work in the US and share Jesus's message of LOVE (and service) with other Americans.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Monday January 24, 2011, 7:44 am
Muslims seem to want their big war as soon as possible.
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