If there’s one policy on which I thoroughly disagree with President Trump vehemently, it’s the Iranian nuclear agreement. President Trump spoke of how it was such a very bad deal on the campaign trail but in successive six-month increments, he has re-certified the executive action done by Barack Obama. Yes, the Iranian nuclear deal is not a treaty. It was not passed in the Senate, as the Democrats, led by Harry Reid, filibustered it into defeat in cloture, and Obama enacted it by executive action.
It’s amazing how all of a sudden we hear nothing more about the protests that were ongoing in Iran. Apparently once again, the tyranny and violence of the ayatollahs have won the day…and another opportunity to defeat the crazed clerics of the militant Islamic regime has passed. We shared a piece with y’all about how it would be a defining foreign policy achievement to enable the taking down of the ayatollah and his henchmen — doesn’t seem it will happen.
There are many reasons why we should take a firmer stand against this Islamist regime that’s the number one state supporter of Islamic jihadism and terrorism in the world. And of course, Iran is the firmly declared enemy of Israel and the United States.
Here’s another reason why the current regime in Iran must go away.
As reported by Iran Human Rights, ” Shamiram Isavi, the wife of Victor Bet Tamraz, who formerly led Iran’s Assyrian Pentecostal Church, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
“As far as we know, and based on Mrs. Isavi’s own statements, no evidence has been presented in the case to show that she was engaged in spying or disturbing national security. She has denied all the charges,” Kiarash Alipour, a spokesman for Article 18, a UK-based organization focusing on Christians in Iran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on January 25, 2018.
“Mrs. Isavi explained during the interrogation that when the Assyrian Pentecostal Church was shut down, she attended home churches and prayed with fellow Christians and discussed the Holy Book,” added Alipour. “It’s astonishing that a country’s national security could be threatened by a gathering of Christian believers.”
Isavi was charged with “acting against national security by organizing home churches, attending Christian seminars abroad and training Christian leaders in Iran for the purpose of espionage,” and found guilty by Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on January 6, 2018.
Since March 2017, Judge Ahmadzadeh has sentenced 16 Christian converts in Iran to prison terms ranging from five to 15 years, according to Article 18. Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran ratified in 1975, states that “everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” However, the Islamic Republic views alternative belief systems, especially those seeking converts, as a threat to the prevailing Shia order.
Isavi and her husband were arrested in their home in Tehran on December 26, 2014, along with their son, Ramin Bet Tamraz, and 12 Christian converts. On June 11, 2016, Ahmadzadeh sentenced Victor Bet Tamraz and Christian converts Hadi Asgari and Kavian Fallah Mohammadi to 10 years in prison each while convert Amin Afshar Naderi was issued a 15-year prison sentence. They are awaiting a decision on their appeal.”
So, where exactly is the United Nations on this issue of the imprisonment of Christians in Iran for being, well, Christian? The Islamic Iranian government has officially criminalized Christianity. Doggone it, we need to ship them some “Coexist” bumper stickers, right? Now, perhaps there are those of you who really don’t care about this issue, but if you are a Christian, perhaps I should warn you, and admonish you to care.
Just realize that Christian beliefs are being criminalized here in America, such as belief in traditional marriage. One of the tenets of the religion of the progressive socialist left is same-sex marriage, and to think, Christians are being brought before courts to defend the belief of marriage being a marital relationship ordained by God between one man and one woman. There are Christians who’ve been summoned before courts to defend their belief in life, and stand against government mandates stating that their beliefs don’t transition to their privately owned businesses – a la Hobby Lobby.
Where are the women’s marches, the feminists who should be following stories such as this and further examples of misogyny emanating from these Islamic countries? Nah, the Muslim darling of the far left, Linda Sarsour, advocates for genital mutilation of conservative women. Can you imagine what CAIR and all the other Muslim Brotherhood front groups in America would say if there were imprisonments of Muslims in America for “acting against the national security of the United States by organizing home mosques?” Heck, we can’t even conduct surveillance of known mosques where radicalism is being proselytized. We recently shared with you the story of how the New York/New Jersey pipe bomber was radicalizing others in prison.
So, I must ask the very obvious question: why is there a global open season on Christians? We recently shared with you the report of global crimes against Christians — murders, abductions, rapes, sexual assaults. Where’s the outrage? Why, or better should we ask, who has declared that Muslims are a protected class, deserving of welfare, refugee sanctuary, and other accommodations under the guise of diversity…but Christians are not?
Yes, this would be enough of a reason for me not to certify the Iranian nuclear agreement…so what does it take President Trump?
“… Iran’s Christian community, particularly its convert community, faces systematic state persecution and discrimination due to its growth. Despite President Hassan Rouhani’s pledges during his election campaign in 2013 that “All ethnicities, all religions, even religious minorities, must feel justice,” the targeting of Christian converts for state persecution and prosecution has continued unabated under his administration. All Farsi-speaking Christian churches in Iran are currently banned. Only non-ethnic-Persians, such as Armenians and Assyrians, are allowed to practice their Christian faith. “Christian converts can only attend home churches but they could face heavy sentences,” Alipour told CHRI.”
So, the national security threat is that the Christian community, namely converts, is growing in Iran. But, aren’t people free to convert to Christianity in Iran? And why are Farsi-speaking Christian churches banned in Iran? Can you imagine the rage, the unrighteous indignation if we were, in America, to ban Arabic-speaking mosques? And could it not be far off before the government in America redefines freedom of religion as freedom of worship, and prescribes where that can take place? You may laugh, and consider me fear mongering, but never forget about the openly lesbian mayor of Houston Texas, Annise Parker, how once issued a subpoena for the sermons of five pastors in the city of Houston. And, do y’all know why Senator Lyndon Johnson, a Democrat, created the Johnson Amendment? He wanted to silence black pastors who were advocating for civil rights from the pulpit.
Yes, there is a global war on Christianity — and there’s a global accommodation of militant Islamic jihadism. How else does one explain the condemnation of the progressive socialist left and Islamo-fascists on the decision to keep GITMO open? Another clear example of real collusion…
[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]