March 14, 2012
Last month, two of the last remaining official churches in Tehran, Iran were forced to stop holding Persian-language services on Fridays, and now another church has been ordered to stop its Friday services as well, ASSIST News Service reports. Officers of Iran's Islamic Court informed officials of the Armenian Anglican Church that if they ignored the order and continued to hold services on Friday -- a sacred day for Muslims -- their church would be bombed "as happens in Iraq every day." The Persian-language services attracted many Christian converts who could not attend on Sunday, a regular working day for Iranians. Sources say Islamic authorities believe the restrictions will hold back the "rapid spread of Christianity" among young Iranians.