Ahmadinejad Vows to Stop Christianity in Iran

Well, so much for those who continually flaunt Iran’s religious tolerance when cornered in a religious debate on Jihad Watch – You know who you are, Shia…

Also, be sure to check out the damage control and taqiyya from the Tehran Times HERE .

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Iran’s President: ‘I Will Stop Christianity in This Country’

Assyrian International News Agency

An Iranian convert to Christianity was kidnapped last week from his home in northeastern Iran and stabbed to death, his bleeding body thrown in front of his home a few hours later. Ghorban Tori, 50, was pastoring an independent house church of convert Christians in Gonbad-e-Kavus, a town just east of the Caspian Sea along the Turkmenistan border.

Within hours of the November 22 murder, local secret police arrived at the martyred pastor’s home, searching for Bibles and other banned Christian books in the Farsi language. By the end of the following day, the secret police had also raided the houses of all other known Christian believers in the city.

According to one informed Iranian source, during the past eight days representatives of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) have arrested and severely tortured 10 other Christians in several cities, including Tehran. All the detainees have since been released.

One of the arrested Christians was reportedly interrogated about his involvement in relief work after Iran’s deadly Bam earthquake in December 2003. Another working with a legal organization defending human rights was accused of using it as a “cover” for church activities.

In addition, MOIS officials have visited known Christian leaders since Tori’s murder and have instructed them to warn acquaintances in the unofficial, Protestant house fellowships that “the government knows what you are doing, and we will come for you soon.”

A former Muslim of Turkmen descent, Tori had converted to Christianity more than 10 years ago, while in Turkmenistan.

After he returned to his native Iran in 1998, Tori began to share his new Christian faith with friends and relatives. Within two years, a small fellowship of 12 believers was meeting in his home.

But not all welcomed his message; at least one relative attacked Tori, scarring his face. In the past year he received several threats from Islamic extremists vowing to kill him if he did not stop sharing his Christian faith.

Tori is survived by his wife and four children, ages 3 to 23.

He is the fifth Protestant pastor assassinated in Iran by unidentified killers in the past 11 years. Three of the five were former Muslims, under Iranian law subject to the death penalty for having committed apostasy.

Tori’s murder came just days after Iran’s new hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an open meeting with the nation’s 30 provincial governors. During the session, an Iranian source told Compass, Ahmadinejad declared that the government needed to put a stop to the burgeoning movement of house churches across Iran.

“I will stop Christianity in this country,” Ahmadinejad reportedly vowed.

“This was apparently a green light from the president of Iran to go out and start killing Christians,” the source said.

Slurring Non-Muslims

Last week a Zoroastrian representative in the Iranian Parliament protested a slur against non-Muslims on November 20 by a top aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to the government-run Entekhaab website, in a public speech Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told youthful Basijis (members of a volunteer militia formed to enforce strict Islamic codes) preparing to join suicide missions that “non-Muslims are sinful animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.” Jannati, who is secretary general of the powerful Guardian Council, is known to be a mentor and close advisor to Ahmadinejad.

Iranian Member of Parliament Kurosh Niknam declared the comment, “an unprecedented insult to religious minorities.”

Over the past month, Ahmadinejad has conducted a broad shake-up within the government establishment, replacing hundreds of governors, ambassadors and senior ministry officials with young and mostly inexperienced Islamists. Yesterday students at Tehran University protested noisily when a religious cleric without even a high school diploma was appointed rector of the nation’s oldest university. In November, the new director of prisons also transferred a number of political prisoners of conscience into criminal wards with convicted murderers and drug dealers. At least one of these political prisoners has been killed by fellow inmates, sparking the fears of Iranian Christians for the security of Hamid Pourmand, serving a three-year sentence at Tehran’s Evin Prison for refusing to renounce his conversion to Christianity.

Compass Direct

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13 Comments on “Ahmadinejad Vows to Stop Christianity in Iran”

  1. Blackdog Says:

    Don’t want those pesky Christians telling people they are living like slaves. May cause someone to question authority.


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  3. Leatherneck Says:

    As long as it is Christians, and Jews being beat, and murdered, you will not see the world lift a hand. Don’t think America will. Just look at Darfur Africa, or any other place Christians are being pursued.

    Christ said this will happen, because it happen to him first.


  4. [...] Ahmadinejad Vows to Stop Christianity in Iran “I will stop Christianity in this country,” Ahmadinejad reportedly vowed. [...]

    • butterfly Says:

      you stop christianity, i will stop your breathing.

      • Imthiaz Says:

        Jesus Christ said ” I am the way, I am the Truth and I am the Life, no man comes to God except through me”. The bible is God’s word to man. In the bible it says that if anyone comes , even if it is a angel who comes preaching or teaching anything else other than what is in the bible, do not receive it as it is not from God. So the Koran came after 1,500 years. Beloved readers, islam is not of God. It is not of the Almighty God. So don’t follow Islam it will take you to hell along with Ahmadinejad if he does not repent and turn to Jesus Christ .

  5. ebrahim Says:

    the demons are in full charge in iran by iranian islamic government.and i am charged by power of god in jesus name to destroy demonics islamic in the world. and it will start very soon from iran and continu to the end of the world . the recent situation is that god is showing the power of allah(satan),and by destroying allah and his real followers, god will show his power over satan to the world. and soon after world will understand who ever not believe jesus is christ and son of god will die in his sin. AMEN
    olive tree and lampstand

  6. islams not for me Says:

    Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told youthful Basijis

    “non-Muslims are sinful animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.”

    Hmmm and these @$$’s are spreading a foreign, filthy system in the West claiming it to be ‘truer’ than Christianity, Judaism and other non muslim religions.

    Islams actions prove who is TRUELY the sinful animal who roam the earth spreading corruption. All in the name of muhammad a son of satan.

    • Imthiaz Says:

      Ayotallah you still have a chance to repent and turn to Jesus Christ before it is too late.Do not be deceived. Islam is not of God. Believe me. If you are sincere please ask the Almighty God to reveal himself to you and He will. Please read the bible and ask God to speak to you. and don’t allow Satan to deceive you any longer. Time is very short before we all must appear before the judgement seat of Christ and give an account of our selves. The God of the the bible is a God of love and forgiveness. HE IS NOT A GOD OF HATRED .

      Note to Imthiaz:

      Please pick one pseudonym and stick with it. I have changed all of your other pseudonyms to “Imthiaz.” If you want it changed to something else, please just let us know.

      But, please, DO NOT keep switching it in every comment you make. We ban people for that. Since you are not attacking anyone here, I am letting it slide for now. Consider this a polite warning.

      Cheers

      - DB

  7. Imthiaz Says:

    Ahmadineiad will vow to stop Christianity because he has a spirit of anti christ. After all he has said he is waiting for the 12th Imam whom the Christians know is the anti christ . All Christians know the end result of the anti christ (12th imam) and his followers. They will be thrown hell that where they will burn for ever and ever. This is what is said in the bible – God’s infallible word. Dear muslim reader. You still have chance to repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and God. Read the bible. Islam is deception.

  8. kennedy Says:

    you cannot fight against a Christian belief, you will lose .Great powers have failed this is the next.

  9. islams not for me Says:

    Thank you ‘Imthiaz’ we already know that islam and its satanic master muhammad are a fake religion and fake profit…

    The sick twist about this system is that these decieved fools want to make it our legal system in the USA and other Western countries.

    IF you are a Christian read the quran and know it is NOT from God. IT IS NOT like our Bibles. Thei slamic system is against Christians, Jews and many others.

    FIGHT AGAINST sharia laws or die trying!!


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