Pope Francis is wrapping up his visit to the United States and the UN is about to hold its General Assembly. Pope Francis spoke before the United Nations and it seemed there was a topic he failed to mention. While I’m eagerly awaiting the Vatican opening its doors to illegal immigrants and military-aged males coming from the Middle East, the Pope forgot to mention the cruel imprisonment of American Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini. Well, he’s right there with the Obama administration which has apparently completely forgotten the pastor as well.
As reported by CNS News, “Imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini was reportedly abused and threatened with new charges as the third year anniversary of his imprisonment approaches Saturday, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents the Abedini family.
The report comes days before President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “Yesterday in Iran, Iranian intelligence officers summoned Pastor Saeed for an intense round of interrogation,” ACLJ reported [this past] Thursday. “Pastor Saeed reported to his family that the interrogators were abusive both verbally and physically. During the course of interrogation, the officers repeatedly used a taser gun on Pastor Saeed.”
The ACLJ calls this new information “concerning” because “Pastor Saeed is still being denied needed medical care for injuries sustained as a result of beatings in the past.” The ACLJ says the interrogators have also threatened Pastor Saeed with new criminal charges.”
Pastor Abedini is joined in this travesty by former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, and civilian Robert Levinson. I appreciated the intent of the multi-religious service held in New York City at Ground Zero, but shouldn’t the Pope have made a serious condemnation of Christian persecution in the Middle East? After all, there are entire cities and regions where historic Christian communities have been driven out. And perhaps some of you will say that’s not the Pope’s place — so discussions on climate change, illegal immigration, and capitalism are?
Consider the infamous historical event called The Crusades — how did it begin? It’s simple. In 1095, Pope Urban II was tired of Christians being attacked and persecuted by Muslims as they traveled to the Holy Land. This was a time when the Muslim Moors had overrun portions of the Iberian peninsula and renamed the region they controlled Al Andalusia. And of course a French military force led by Charles “The Hammer” Martel turned back a Muslim army invasion at the Battle of Tours in 728 AD. Well, today someone has to stand up for Christians — unless we want a repeat of the fall of Constantinople in 1453. You think maybe it might be the Pope?
Even more infuriating is the fact that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is about to land on American shores – and as far as I’m concerned, that dawg don’t hunt. We should not allow his entry unless he’s coming with Abedini, Hekmati, Reznian, and Levinson. We just hosted Chinese President Jinping in Washington DC after learning that a Chinese military unit is responsible for the massive cyber attack that targeted our Office of Personnel and Management and thousands of US government employees. Talk about letting the fox into the hen house.
But to have the Iranian president, the leader of a country unlawfully holding four Americans hostage and indeed torturing them is beyond belief. It is unfathomable. Where is the liberal progressive media outrage as they displayed over Abu Gharaib? Dude, that was on the front page of the New York Times for how many weeks? American Lives Matter, unless they’re lives deemed insignificant obstacles in the way of the “fundamental transformation” and agenda of one Barack Obama.
To think Obama threatened and cajoled Democrat Senators into supporting blocking, by way of filibuster, the disapproval of the Iranian nuclear deal while Americans are held by Iran is disconcerting. The fact that Secretary of State John Kerry embraced the insidious idea that discussions about the release of our four Americans from Iranian incarceration would detract from the negotiation is disgusting.
And now will come the ultimate disrespect: Rouhani and his Iranian delegation will arrive to New York City, receive diplomatic immunity and be welcomed to posh five-star hotel accommodations.
And what are the accommodations of Saeed Abedini and the others? Can you imagine if America imprisoned a Muslim Imam simply because of his religion? We all know the left goes apoplectic about forcing someone to drink water at a fast rate. Where are the condemnations of Iran from the left now?
For years we sat back and allowed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to come to our shores, and now this — and please spare me the “Rouhani reformist” line. That’s hardly the case. Rouhani is just a more polished militant theocrat. There has to be a time when America, indeed the West, ends the practice of acquiescing to abhorrent behavior and actually emboldening it. The Iranian delegation, led by Hasan Rouhani, should be denied entry into the United States until our four American hostages are released. If they are not denied entry, then the United States should not participate in the coming UN General Assembly. All we do is talk about “strong condemnation” but we take no action — as if China’s President Jinping cares about Obama’s words. The optics of China’s president receiving immense honors and reception at the White House sends a huge message that his known belligerence isn’t just tolerated – it’s rewarded!
America is in dire need of a leader, a guardian of the Republic, a defender who will send a clear message that we shall not tolerate or accept this type of behavior. The fact that an American Christian Pastor is being beaten and tortured by the Iranians is deplorable. The fact that we are allowing it to happen and do not even speak of it — well, that is despicable.