The world recognized an international symbol of the hunger for
political freedom in the summer of 2009 when a young Iranian woman, Neda
Agha-Soltan, was fatally shot during the Tehran uprising. Now, Iran’s
persecution of Yousef Nadarkhani, a young pastor sentenced to death for
his Christian faith, is a chilling reminder that much of the world also
yearns for religious liberty.
Iranian authorities arrested Nadarkhani in his home town of Rasht on
Oct. 13, 2009. Nadarkhani, in his early 30s and married with two small
children, is the pastor of a house church. His offense? Questioning the
Islamic teaching his children received in school and asserting the right
of parents to bring up their children in their own religious beliefs.
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