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Hanged for being a Christian in Iran

 
 
Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 10:54 pm
Hanged for being a Christian in Iran
Eighteen years ago, Rashin Soodmand's father was hanged in Iran for converting to Christianity. Now her brother is in a Mashad jail, and expects to be executed under new religious laws brought in this summer.


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A month ago, the Iranian parliament voted in favour of a draft bill, entitled "Islamic Penal Code", which would codify the death penalty for any male Iranian who leaves his Islamic faith. Women would get life imprisonment. The majority in favour of the new law was overwhelming: 196 votes for, with just seven against.

Imposing the death penalty for changing religion blatantly violates one of the most fundamental of all human rights. The right to freedom of religion is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and in the European Convention of Human Rights. It is even enshrined as Article 23 of Iran's own constitution, which states that no one may be molested simply for his beliefs.

And yet few politicians or clerics in Iran see any contradiction between a law mandating the death penalty for changing religion and Iran's constitution. There has been no public protest in Iran against it.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 05:57 am
@Robert Gentel,
That situation sucks. We need to build energy independence and get ourselves out of the middle-east and let that place self-destruct.

The first amendment to our constitution is probably the single most valuable idea the US has to offer the world.

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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Oct, 2008 07:12 am
@Robert Gentel,
Curious as to how the general population in Iran feels about this - however, it is unlikely that we would know the truth seeing they would probably be excuted if they disagreed.
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mesquite
 
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Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 12:05 pm
They also practice stoning to death for adultery.
http://www.apostatesofislam.com/media/stoning.htm
Put a theocracy in power and you get a cesspool of backwardness.

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Sam Nogod
 
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Reply Mon 10 Nov, 2008 08:35 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Thanks for bringing up the issue.
I just like to say, don't expect things to be any better when a religion is in power.
West culture was smart enough to invest in education, which naturally weakened their religion, however not enough to disappear it. And that's why still lots of investments are being wasted in their religion.
It's all good, human are learning, slowly but surely.
The more light (science) the less darkness (religion)
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Deckland
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2008 02:05 am
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There has been no public protest in Iran against it.


Why am I not surprised ?
Deckland
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2008 02:12 am
@Deckland,
I suppose this is one reason I am not surprised.

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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Sat 6 Dec, 2008 02:22 am
The Islamic 'good book' recommends death as the appropriate punishment for apostats only. You can be a member of another faith in places like Iran. But if a Muslim converts that is a capital offence.


Maybe, the flow of missionaries into the Middle East needs throttling back. Evangelical Christianity from the States is way out of control already....
http://gamethu.vnexpress.net/News/Chuyen-game/2007/04/3B9ADB15/left-behind-eternal-forces.jpg
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The Left Behind videogame is a real-time strategy game that makes players commanders of a virtual evangelical army in a post-apocalyptic landscape that looks strikingly like New York City after 9/11. With tanks, helicopters and a fearsome arsenal of automatic weapons at their disposal, Left Behind players wage a violent war against United Nations-like peacekeepers who, according to LaHaye's interpretation of Revelation, represent the armies of the Antichrist. Each time a Left Behind player kills a UN soldier, their virtual character exclaims, "Praise the Lord!" To win the game, players must kill or convert all the non-believers left behind after the rapture.
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