Who Will Speak Out for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Who Will Speak Out for Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani?

During the 1980s, the National Council on Soviet Jewry kept the plight of Refuseniks in the public eye. They succeeded in springing many Jews from Russia, allowing them to go to Israel.

Where is a group to speak for persecuted Christians? The Wall Street Journal raised that question yesterday in a column by Ben Cohen and Keith Roderick. They're wondering why Christians aren't speaking out on behalf of Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been in prison for 1,000 days and is under a death sentence. He became a Christian as a child and refused to renounce his faith in Jesus. For that, he was put on trial and sentenced to death.

He's a threat to no one, except the regime. If they murder them, he will truly be a martyr.

Where is the American political leadership on this? It seems to bend over backwards to pacify Muslims for any perceived slight, but it is mostly silent when it comes to Pastor Nadarkhani. I hope you will at least pray for him and his family and pressure our government to speak up.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: July 31, 2012