Tragic: American pastor imprisoned in Iran now faces the unthinkable

American Pastor, Saeed Abedini, has been held in prison in Iran since 2012. Abedini, who was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity was sentenced in 2013 to eight years in prison supposedly on charges of “undermining national security” in Iran because he was holding private religious gatherings in Christian homes.

He has not seen his family in three years. The Obama administration has seemingly made little to no effort to free him – even while they sit across from his captors, attempting to negotiate a deal.

Now reports are surfacing that Abedini is facing new and more horrible forms of torture in Iranian prison. ACLJ.org reports, “Iranian officials are …psychologically tormenting him…the prison guards have become increasingly hostile.”

Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, continues to petition the U.S. government for help and recently writes:

“Last week had been quite difficult for Saeed. He has been under a lot of pressure and attack from the hardliners. The guards have also been threatening Saeed that he will never go free and additional charges (and years) will be added to his sentence (which they have done to other Christians and fellow inmates). They continually threaten Saeed that the only key to his freedom is denying Christ and returning to Islam. Saeed refuses to deny Christ and continues to be a light and witness in that dark prison. These threats coupled with the fact that there have been mass executions during the last week in Rajayee Shahr prison, have really taken their toll on Saeed. He asks for prayer for continued strength.”

My question is simple: where is President Obama in the middle of this crisis? Will he fulfill his commitment to do “everything we can to bring him home?”

President Obama made this vow publically this year at the National Prayer Breakfast. Yet, Pastor Saeed is still held captive in an Iranian cell, tortured for his faith daily.

Fox News reports that President Obama met with Pastor Saeed’s wife and two children also this year, telling them that her husband and their father’s freedom was a “top priority.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems Obama’s ‘top priority’ was to sign a “deal” with Iran and release the “Taliban Five” for an Army deserter — yet he will not lift a finger to free an imprisoned American pastor and father.

In less than a week, on April 21st, the U.S. government will meet with Iran for ongoing nuclear negotiations. This will be Obama’s golden opportunity fulfill his promises and provide real solutions to free American Pastor Saeed Abedini.

After all, Obama told Saeed’s wife that he meets with Secretary of State, John Kerry, regularly and that Kerry mentions Pastor Saeed’s petition every time he meets with the Iranian government. Really? Perhaps our president can prove to us on April 21st these aren’t empty promises.

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akatom3565
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Another day in the life of the boy king with an agenda

DD1962
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Uncle Ruckus
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He is making MONEY from it…..DUH

Flower
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IGnatius T Foobar
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Obama will never negotiate for Saeed’s release, because he himself is an islamic terrorist and agrees with the rationale behind Saeed’s imprisonment and torture. Always remember, when Obama claims to be a Christian, he is exercising the doctrine of Taqqiya, which allows muslims to lie about their faith.

I propose a deal. Iran shall agree to release Saeed, and in exchange, we will give them Obama. Afterwards, we give Iran the nuclear weapons they crave, by attacking them with ours. This is obviously common sense and we should put this deal into action as soon as possible.

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brenda
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I’m with you casey…people know they’re rabid dogs in that country yet they still go there.I know you want to spread the word but they have been killing christians since before christ.you take your life in your own hands.and if you think obama will do anything you’re wrong.he’s a muslim for gods sake.

SubSumeYou
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Pastor’s own fault. Americans still failing to have Barack Obama charged for treason, Constitutional violations and arrested.

majorwiblit
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why not?
if you have all the proof you need,, what’s the problem,,
arrest him,,

sootheater .
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The problem is that we only have one political party in the USA. The Republicans are in on it! We’ve been living under a dictatorship for decades that has successfully and cleverly fooled the public into thinking that they had freedom.

majorwiblit
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ok,,, got it

Paul Sheridan
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So do we know what the Iranians want in exchange for his release? They don’t really care about him one way or the other, he’s just a bargaining chip for them. My assumption is that they’re demanding something for his release that we’re not willing to provide. Trading his release for something they really want would set a very bad precedent.

Ruth Ann Carnes
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How about exchanging him with Obama?

Paul Sheridan
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President Biden thanks you for your support.

CheetoBuster
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LOL……Ahem…..Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran…..he makes deals with the devil and wants nothing in return….he is a disgrace!

Paul Sheridan
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Well we’re getting the suspension of their nuclear program and a verification protocol for confirming that they’ve kept the agreement. Which was the whole point right? What did you think we were supposed to be getting out of the deal?

CheetoBuster
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You are such a partisan hack that you can’t see through this horrible deal. Sad

We shouldn’t be making deals with the devil to begin with. We should demand our Marine back or they can suffer the consequences. Period.

Paul Sheridan
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Yeah because other nation states always respond well to unilateral threats. We’d say “give us our guy back or else” and they’d say “we’re going to execute him if you don’t stop threatening us” and then what? We go to war? He’d be dead before the first bomb fell and while we were doing regime change in Iran someone else (Vladimir Putin springs to mind) would be taking the opportunity to advance their goals while our forces were occupied in Iran. International relations is like 9 dimensional chess, trying to reduce it to rock-paper-scissors is a surefire way to lose.

CheetoBuster
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Why is Obama giving them everything they want while they hold Americans hostage?? What a moron president!

Flower
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Yeah … right …

grace4given
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The day this wicked president is out of OUR White House is the day this world will start to have hope again. What a complete and utter DISASTER this muslim is. I blame this country of fools for electing a man with SO MANY glaring red flags, whistles, neon lights, billboards… of FACTS that he had a very questionable background with questionable allegiances. Yet, many Christians even chose their race or white guilt (basically Idolatry) over a God fearing man. Anyone with an ounce of the Holy Spirit in them could have sensed what an impostor this man was. Praying… Read more »
James L. Williams
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First time I heard him speak in the primaries “the Flatterer” from the Pilgrim’s Progress, came to mind. “So they went on, and IGNORANCE followed. They went then till they came to a place where they saw a way put itself into their way, and seemed withal to lie as straight as the way which they should go; and here they knew not which of the two to take, for both seemed straight before them; therefore here they stood still to consider. And as they were thinking about the way, behold a man, black of flesh, but covered with a… Read more »
gunny55
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Giving head to all the Moolahs.

CheetoBuster
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Obama only worries about deserters and American haters. This soldier certainly doesn’t qualify for Obama to help. Look at all the Christians being murdered, Obama could care less. He is a disgrace to mankind.

sootheater .
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Assuming that he doesn’t cause a nuclear war of annihilation before his term is up, history will remember Barack Obama as the most evil man to ever walk the Earth.

Flower
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I agree. And in all those negotiations with Iran, not one word was said about our Marine that Iran has been holding in their prison for the past 2 years. Obama goes after deserters, but not our real patriots.

Independent Voter
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Ali-Bama is a Muslim, proven by his words and deeds. That is why there has been no pressure on the Iranian tyrants to free the pastor..It is time for America to wake up to the fact that Obama is an enemy of the republic.

VAHAWK
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Obama is the Caliph. he is a Muslim. Period

Flower
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Clearly, Earl missed the times when Obama admitted his “Muslim faith.” He also missed information of the fact that Obama has given $8 billion to Muslim Brotherhood, but why let facts get in the way of ignorance. Liberals attempt to twist reality to their own opinions rather than accepting it.

Earl Lee
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and skittles really do come from rainbows!! IDIOTS!!

Kalib Hebert
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I’d burn the country down. but thats just me i guess.

maryal521
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He didn’t do anything to get the Marine freed from the Mexican prison either.

Brendan
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Why would he?
That reservist broke the law in a friendly nation and was treated fairly through their judicial system.

That civilian broke the law in Mexico and was treated fairly.

Flower
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So did the deserter who walked away from his Army post to find the Taliban, yet Obama traded 5 top terrorists for him and NOTHING for our Marine in Iran.

Brendan
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Negotiations with Iran are ongoing so it is presumptuous to say nothing is being done.
As to the deserter Bergdahl… he was being held by our enemy.

Tahmooressi broke the law in an allied nation and was treated fairly.

The US government should intervene when our citizens are wrongly imprisoned or treated unfairly in other countries.
That was not the case with Tahmooressi… he was not wrongly imprisoned or treated unfairly.

Flower
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NOTHING has been said to Iran about releasing our people. You can keep running circles around that, but you’re still incorrect.

Brendan
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NOTHING has been said to Iran about releasing our people?
Really?
Nope… you don’t like to fact check.
Here you go.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/20/statement-president-us-citizens-detained-or-missing-iran

Also, do you have secret listening devices planted in the room where closed door negotiations between our governments are happening?
Do you know everything that is being discussed?
No.

Flower
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You can’t prove that John Kerry said ANYTHING in the negotiations for Iran to release our people. You prefer to twist reality to your own thinking, rather than to conform your thinking to reality. Typical wrong-winger.

Brendan
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Sorry kid. You made the assumption by declaring nothing was being said in negotiations.
You are the one who made an outrageous assumption you can not prove.

I provided proof that the president demanded the pastor’s release.

I also simply asked how YOU could claim to know what is being discussed in closed door negotiations.
You can’t.

Flower
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Thank you for proving my point, troll…

Brendan
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I proved you were a hypocrite. If proving you were a hypocrite was your point… You’re welcome.

Flower
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I proved you are a hypocrite.

Brendan
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Hahaga. Nice try stalker

Flower
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hehe nice try, stalker

Earl Lee
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WASHINGTON – Barack Obama issued a call on Friday for an American pastor imprisoned in Iran to be released for the Persian New Year, which began yesterday.

MickeyFreakinDougal
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How many Guantanamo terrorists do you think he’d be willing to trade for a Christian minister? His supply is running low, you know.

Earl Lee
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How many did BUSH release without getting ANYTHING??? 500???

Flower
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majorwiblit
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Flower
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Flower
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Sorry, again, I won’t be able to see it because I don’t chase links 😉

majorwiblit
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to bad,,, so sad,,, some are pretty funny and spot on…

Flower
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majorwiblit
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Flower
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While it might be hilarious, I don’t chase links LOL!!

Flower
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Sorry again 🙂

Earl Lee
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MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Flower
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Flower
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Sorry … I won’t see it. hehe

Flower
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Earl Lee
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LOL…keep em coming!

majorwiblit
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Earl Lee
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I wish I could see the meme’s here instead of having to go to a new page

majorwiblit
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you know RS lets you post all pics,,,
right in the thread…
I posted some pics for Raf,, of Samurai west,,, he liked em’ lol,,

Earl Lee
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I want to see the pics of Samurai West!!

majorwiblit
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lol,,,
sometime when I see you over there,, I will put them up,,
couple of things I made..

Flower
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Flower
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Sorry 😉

Flower
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Thanks, but no thanks … I don’t chase links 😉

majorwiblit
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just a pic,, like yours

Flower
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I’m sure it was comical, but I don’t chase links posted by liberals. They’re usually not appropriate for a lady. 🙂

majorwiblit
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I would not post anything like that here,,,
why?,,, cause I just wouldn’t…

Flower
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I know you’re a liberal. Liberals try to twist reality to their ideals. Conservatives work to adapt to reality instead. I’m a lady and don’t trust liberals. Sorry … no links for me 🙂

majorwiblit
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no big deal…
yea,,, the liberal part,,lol..

Earl Lee
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You LOONS need to really do some RESEARCH!!!

sootheater .
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Liberals are the scum of the Earth. We all know what Iranian officials are like but as for the leftist hipsters who still support Barry, what the fuck is your excuse?! May you suffer an agonizing death some day!

Earl Lee
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Why would he go BACK to IRAN….he knew what the country is like….

Flower
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Didja get tired of your other avatar UncleAsshat?

MotherBatherick
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I just used Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals #3, 4, 5 and 6 on the other azzwagon on here.

Uncle Ruckus
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Told you grandma….that name was blocked

Flower
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Wish I was a grandmother, but sadly, that will never happen.

Brendan
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The author of this lying article is a moron.
She wants Obama to negotiate for the release of this pastor… but she opposes Obama negotiating with Iran.
HAHAAHAHA

And why do I call the idiot who wrote this article a liar?
Because she said Obama has said nothing about this.

here is a statement from the President just a couple of weeks ago, calling on Iran to release him…
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/20/statement-president-us-citizens-detained-or-missing-iran

Also… we are currently having negotiations with Iran… you know, the same negotiations you are demanding and opposing

Alondra
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S I C K O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MotherBatherick
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I ask my fellow Christians to forgive me for the choice of words I am about to use but… Brendan, for Christ’s Sake, man! The Pastor being held hostage is an AMERICAN! Just whose side are you on anyway?? And again, you have to be reminded to read the entire article. You have no balls calling Ms. Beard, the author of this article a liar….read the article dickhead, she did not write that Obama has said nothing, she wrote that “the Obama administration has seemingly made LITTLE to NO effort”. What a jerk you are. Obama wants to make nice… Read more »
Brendan
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Whose side am I on? The side of truth? Take the time to actually read what I wrote instead of making baseless assumptions. Did I say the pastor should not be freed? NO… I did not. You are a crass fool. Of course I want the pastor free. The author of this article is playing politics and attacking Obama with lies. The author wrote that Obama said nothing. That is a lie. Obama has demanded his release. The author said Obama is not negotiating for his release. That is a lie. The negotiations with Iran are behind closed doors and… Read more »
Hartbreaker
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I read in this article that
“My question is simple: where is President Obama in the middle of this crisis? Will he fulfill his commitment to do “everything we can to bring him home?”

President Obama made this vow publically this year at the National Prayer Breakfast.”
So the author said that Obama promised to do something, so obviously the author is admitting that Obama has said something, just not “lifted a finger” to do anything beyond mere words.
I do not read where it says Obama has said nothing. And you claim to be on the side of truth even as you lie.

Brendan
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That’s funny… your assumption that they are doing nothing is the truth… and, to you, if i say that assuming it is not being discussed if presumptuous… that is a lie.

I see.
Your assumptions are truth.
Mine are lies.
Got it

Hartbreaker
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No, your whole posting is a distortion. I was simply looking at what the article says and what you say it says. I am not commenting on the behavior of Obama being discussed. You obviously cannot keep to the subject being discussed because you are so busy defending the president that you cannot bother with simple integrity.

Brendan
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making accusations that the President is doing nothing and that nothing is being mentioned in negotiations… all without anything more that an assumption… that is an example of no integrity

Alondra
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He is a Chronic LIAR !!!
This “musician’s “music” is Lies & Distortions with the tune of the ENVY and JEALOUSY !!!

Guest
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Where did it say that Obama said nothing? I actually read that

gatorgreg1977
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In point of fact, Obama has done nothing to free Abedini, despite his wife’s personal pleas. He has done nothing to insist Iran show it is ready to join civilized nations by respecting human rights of any kind prior to easing of trade restrictions- which were initially imposed because they are a “state sponsor of terror” and enhanced when they began a clandestine nuclear weapon program. They have done nothing to retract their support of terror- instead have threatened Israel with annihilation, as well as supporting terrorists who kill Americans in Afghanistan and in Iraq. ISIS has murdered Khurds, minority… Read more »
Flower
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You’re ABSOLUTELY right! And along with that, the FBI is aware of the 23 terrorist training camps inside our borders, yet has mad no attempt to dismantle them!

Brendan
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Wow. That was crazy. You wrote that ObAma has dine nothing to demand te release of this pastor while responding to my comment where I had provided s link showing that Obama did, in fact, demand the release of this pastor.
Hahaha… You just ignored that fact.

Then you went on to ramble about the history of islamic extremism and even confused ISIS with Iran.

Oh yeah…, you also accused Obama of lifting sanctions already even though the deal isn’t finished.

Then you rambled some conspiracy bull about Obama and marcism.

Wow.

gatorgreg1977
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Tool, I never conflated Iran and ISIS- it’s just another example of how Obama couldn’t care less about abuse of Christians or Jews; Obama- two years after the fact- made a show under pressure of wanting Abedini released, but it was more to placate the press and under intense criticism not conviction that he did. He could have made a gesture far sooner if he really cared. On the other hand, he reacted with light speed to alleged incidents of abuse in Orlando and Ferguson, Mo. when it was somebody he cared about. He’s only president of his cronies and… Read more »
Brendan
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Sorry kid. You don’t have mind reading powers and your paranoid suspicions do not match reality.
Obama has spoken out on this pastor. Negotiations with Iran are ongoing. Pretending he is doing nothing is false.

Uncle Ruckus
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You are fighting a losing battle!! You know these people do not care about the facts and the truth

Alondra
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You are a LYING FILTHY STINKY SKUNK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

majorwiblit
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praise g’sus…

Alondra
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Yes, Prase Jesus !!!
And please do not miss me.

majorwiblit
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when I’m burning in the lake of fire,, I will miss you,,,
and always remember your words..

Alondra
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I don’t want you be fried in the Fiery Lake.
I want to walk with you thru Heavens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6HsjcH4FCs

Brendan
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Okay troll.
here’s your chance to prove to me that you aren’t just a mindless troll, hurling childish insults.

What did i write that was a lie?
Can you explain yourself or are you just going to throw more insults without explaining why you think I am a liar.

Alondra
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I have NOTHING to prove to braindead Filthy Stinky Skunk !!!
So take a hike or fly a kite!!!

Brendan
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Thank you for proving me right.
You are a senile old coot.
You called me a liar.
I challenged you to tell me what I lied about and predicted you wouldn’t be able to and you would just respond with more childish insults.
Bye troll.

Alondra
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You do NOT have to prove that you are and OLD Filthy Stinky LIAR. EVERYONE knows it !!!

So the advice is the same: Take a hike or fly a kite !!!
Bye-Bye Shill and STOP to FART your Burbling DRIVEL!!!
You smell AWFULLY !!!

MotherBatherick
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Quoted from commenter Brendan:
“The author of this lying article is a moron.
She wants Obama to negotiate for the release of this pastor… but she opposes Obama negotiating with Iran.
HAHAAHAHA And why do I call the idiot who wrote this article a liar? Because she said Obama has said nothing about this.”

Brendan, as I said before, your comments say a lot about your character.

Flower
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Brenda hates ANYTHING that is good for America. A typical wrong-winger.

Brendan
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Sorry stalker… you just like disagreeing with me without thinking.
I wrote that I want this pastor freed.
You think that is hating something good for America?
What did I write that you think is me hating what is good for America?
You don’t even know, do you?
You just like harassing me without thinking.

Flower
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This is a Conservative site and I am a Conservative. It is YOU who is the stalker. You don’t belong here, you know it and it bothers the heck out of you. You’re a waste of oxygen.

Brendan
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Thank you for proving my point troll.
You said what I wrote above was a lie.
I challenged you to point out what it was I wrote that you thought was a lie.
I predicted you would not be able to do so because you write without thinking and would just respond with insults.
You responded exactly as I predicted.
You think that not liking something I say is the same as me lying.
Grow up kid.

Flower
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Thank you for proving my point, troll.

Brendan
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Yes… I called out a liar and a hypocrite. She accused the President of doing nothing… that was a lie. She demands we negotiate with the Iranians while opposing negotiations with the Iranians… that makes her a hypocrite and a moron. That she is posting false accusations in an article on a heavily trafficked website is recklessly (or deliberately) misinforming. you hurled curses at me because you imagined I opposed this pastor’s release. I called her a liar, an idiot and a moron and explained why. You called me a dickhead, a jerk, a person with no balls, and wrongly… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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As President, obama should not have to be asked, begged or pressured into doing the right thing in getting American hostages freed. The fact that so many people are having to demand that he do something is a reflection of his (poor) character and failed leadership.

gatorgreg1977
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Brendan, you act like you are omniscient and know what Obama says behind closed doors. It isn’t the first time he has lied to cover his political backside- in fact to suggest otherwise puts the burden of proof on you. He has not raised the issue in negotiation at all until this year- until Abedini’s wife went to the press and Sekulow started making a issue of it. After months of hounding by the press, he finally acknowledged Saeed’s existence and made a low- key request. There certainly was no pressure, no indignation, no outrage. So, the Iranian blew it… Read more »
Brendan
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Sorry… but you are confusing your paranoid delusions about the President as fact. And the burden is on the accuser. 1. Obama has called for the release of the Pastor…. that is a fact. 2. There are currently closed door negotiations with the Iranians over their nuclear weapons program and lifting sanctions… that is a fact. Saying the President is lying when he is calling for the pastor’s release is a baseless assumption and the burden is on you to prove it. Assuming that the pastor is not being mentioned in these closed door negotiations is just that… and assumption.… Read more »
gatorgreg1977
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Brendan, why do you have such a man-crush on this liar? He’s lied about everything from Obamacare through Fast and Furious, Benghazi- the list goes on and on. Unless you are a Solyndra exec, Wall Street crony, or some other suckup that he is paying off, it makes no sense. Middle class incomes have decreased by $6,000 a year; college grads can’t find jobs, debt is out the roof. It’s pathetic. Our troops aren’t getting the support they were promised and deserve- mostly pink slips in theater or languishing on a VA waiting list. It amazes me how many Kool… Read more »
Brendan
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Your assumptions about his intentions are not facts… they are your own biases you picked up from the Talk radio kool-aid

Alondra
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L I A R !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!