……………………..Limits are for governments.

Tribute to Zoroastrians and Christians in Iran

Vohu Manah, or good thought

Vohu Manah, or good thought, was the first protector of man and woman given by Ahura Mazda

“Thus, through generations and generations, flourished Zoroastrianism, to be ultimately shattered and almost annihilated by the Arabs of the Khaliph Omar at the battle of Nehavand, AD 642.

Subsequent events may well be described in the words of Thomas Moore:

‘Is Iran’s pride then gone for ever,
Quenched with the flame in Mithra’s caves?
No – she has sons, that never – never
Will stoop to be the Moslem’s slaves,
While heaven has light or earth has graves.'”

~The Teachings of Zoroaster and the Philosophy of the Parsi Religion, The Wisdom of the East Series; by SA Kapadia; edited by J. Murray, 1905

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8 responses

  1. Friday, 21 December 2012 15:36
    U.S. Pastor, an American Citizen, Imprisoned in Iran

    http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/14007-us-pastor-an-american-citizen-imprisoned-in-iran

    According to Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, on September 26 a group of men burst into his parents’ home in Tehran, where Abedini was staying, hauling him off to jail and placing his parents and other family members under house arrest. Thus far Iranian authorities have been mum on Abedini’s plight, but his wife said he has been confined to Evin Prison, which has a reputation for extreme brutality, and his life has been threatened.

    “When he became a Christian, he became a criminal in his own country,” Naghmeh told Fox News. “His passion was to reach the people of Iran. He comes from a very close-knit family, and he loved evangelizing and passing out Bibles on the streets of Tehran. This was his passion.”

    Naghmeh, who married Abedini in 2005 after making a trip to Iran, said that her husband became a Christian after training with a radical Muslim group to become a suicide bomber. She said that Abedini became very depressed as a result of the intense training and that “Christianity saved his life.”

    Abedini ultimately became a leader in Iran’s underground church, and before leaving the country, oversaw about 100 churches and 2,000 members in 30 Iranian cities. Naghmeh said her husband’s role as a Christian leader drew the ire of Muslim authorities in the country. “They see the underground churches as a threat and they see Christianity as a tool from the West to undermine them,” she told Fox. “They think if the country becomes more Christian, they are no longer under Islamic authority. That’s why it’s a threat.”

    December 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

  2. Iran Re-Arrests Christian Pastor

    Iranian authorities have re-arrested a Christian pastor who was freed from prison and acquitted two months ago on charges he converted from Islam to Christianity.

    Youcef Nadarkhani was taken back into custody on Christmas Day, according to the British group Christian Solidarity Worldwide and the American Center for Law and Justice.

    The two organizations had led the global effort to free Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death on charges of apostasy for converting to Christianity. He spent more than 1,000 days in jail — some of that time in solitary confinement — before being freed in September by an Iranian court.

    Nadarkhani has been re-arrested to serve the remainder of a three-year sentence he had received for helping Muslims convert to Christianity, CNS News reported. He was originally told he could serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

    Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, stated: “We are disappointed to hear Pastor Nadarkhani has been returned to prison in such an irregular manner. The timing is insensitive and especially sad for his wife and sons, who must have been looking forward to celebrating Christmas with him for the first time in three years.”

    For good measure, the Iranian regime has sentenced Nadarkhani’s attorney, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, to nine years in prison for working to free the pastor.

    Iran had earlier sentenced Nadarkhani’s wife to life in prison, but her sentence and conviction were later overturned. source: Newsmax

    December 30, 2012 at 10:23 am

  3. In Egypt
    TheNewAmerican com

    Several Christians have been killed in Egypt in the last week, in the wake of the military overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi July 2. On July 6 a Coptic Christian priest identified as Father Mina Aboud Sharween was gunned down in the Sinai town of El Arish, near the Gaza border. CBN News reported that Islamic gunmen in an SUV pulled up beside a vehicle driven by the 39-year-old Coptic priest, who was out shopping, and opened fire. Witnesses said that after killing the priest the gunmen dragged him from his vehicle and fled in it.

    While it is unclear who exactly was responsible for the assassination, the Muslim Brotherhood, which had backed Morsi’s presidency, had harshly criticized Pope Tawadros, spiritual head of Egypt’s eight million Coptic Christians, after he expressed his support for the military’s removal of Morsi and for the suspension of Egypt’s constitution. Morning Star News, which monitors Christian persecution around the world, reported that “in the weeks leading up to the demonstrations against Morsi by millions, Islamists had issued threats against Christians, whom they held responsible for the movement.”

    July 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

  4. In Pakistan

    International Christian Concern’s Middle East analyst, Aidan Clay, said Pakistan continues to be a dangerous place for Christians.

    “Not a month goes by in Pakistan without Christians being attacked, arrested or threatened and forced to flee their homes because of accusations of blasphemy,” Clay said.

    Pakistan’s blasphemy laws carry a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam.

    “Now, an entire colony in Lahore has been emptied of Christians because local Muslims felt justified by law to avenge one Christian’s ‘blasphemous’ remarks by punishing the entire Christian community,” he said.

    Clay said the series of events again proves Pakistan’s blasphemy laws do more harm than good.

    “Rather than protecting Pakistani citizens, as the law should, blasphemy laws provide cover and embolden extremists to commit violent acts against innocent minorities,” Clay said.

    “As long as such laws exist, the country will continue to be plagued by abuse in the name of religion, and Christians and other religious minorities will continue to suffer. No one should be attacked by mobs and disdained by their government simply because they are a member of a minority religious community,” Clay said.

    Dawn reported the Pakistani government is promising to rebuild the Christian families’ homes. http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/muslim-mob-burns-christian-village-over-blasphemy/

    July 26, 2013 at 7:03 am

  5. http://thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/16601-scores-of-christians-killed-in-suicide-attack-on-historic-pakistan-church

    http://www.newsmax.com/US/coptic-christian-u-said/2013/09/22/id/527023?ns_mail_uid=5249321&ns_mail_job=1538623_09232013&promo_code=14F59-1

    Coptic Christians in America are welcoming a flood of refugees who have fled from violence in Egypt and are seeking to pressure the international community to come to the aid of those who are still being persecuted for their faith.

    Since the April 2011 demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — and continuing through the military overthrow this summer of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi — violence against the estimated 9 million Christians living in Egypt has intensified, resulting in an unprecedented number of Coptic Christians immigrating to the United States.

    http://thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/16506-rebel-atrocities-in-syria-escalate-sparking-alarm-over-obama-plan

    As opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria grows among the public, Congress, and the so-called “international community,” the latest atrocities are being cited by critics of the warmongering as more reasons not to join the civil war on behalf of ruthless jihadists — more than a few of whom are openly fighting with al-Qaeda to take down the secular regime.

    One of the most shocking revelations in recent days was video footage of rebels brazenly perpetrating war crimes and murder. The film, smuggled out of Syria by a former opposition fighter disillusioned with rebel brutality, promptly made waves around the world. Also sparking alarm was news that al-Qaeda-linked opposition forces had seized control of an ancient Christian town. The “rebels” reportedly burned down and looted churches while killing and terrorizing local Christians, ordering them to convert to Islam or die, following a long pattern of atrocities aimed at Christians.

    October 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  6. In the Central African Republic–
    source: Newsmax

    3. Christians Under Attack in Africa’s ‘Forgotten Crisis’

    Tens of thousands of Christians have fled violent attacks by Muslim rebels in the Central African Republic, and a French official warns that the country is “on the verge of genocide.”

    Some 400,000 people have been displaced during the ongoing conflict in the nation of 4.6 million, and thousands are seeking refuge at a Catholic mission in a town 250 miles north of the capital, Bangui. The United States estimates that 68,000 people have fled to another country.

    An Islamic rebel alliance, the Seleka Coalition, is carrying out attacks on Christian civilians, with “murders, summary executions, pillaging, sexual violence, and church burnings reported,” according to CNS News.

    The landlocked Central African Republic (CAR) is about 50 percent Christian and just 15 percent Muslim.

    Last March, Seleka overthrew President Francois Bozize, a Christian former army chief who seized power in 2003. The rebel coalition installed its leader, Michel Djotodia — a Soviet-educated Muslim — as president.

    He supposedly disbanded Seleka, but the government has no power outside the capital and the attacks continue. Christian vigilante groups have been fighting back since September.

    United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the Security Council that the country is in the grips of “widespread horror.”

    “Some call this a forgotten crisis,” he said, warning that “if this situation is left to fester,” it “could easily spill over into neighboring countries.”

    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said: “The country is on the verge of genocide. France, CAR’s neighbors, and the international community are worried. The United Nations will give permission to African forces, the African Union and France to intervene.”

    A 2,500-strong regional peacekeeping force is due to be beefed up in December and come under African Union command, Reuters reported. But there are appeals for broader international action as the conflict escalates.

    France already has about 400 troops in the country, mainly protecting the airport and French assets in the capital.

    The Christian religious freedom advocacy group Open Doors is reportedly helping victims of rape in the CAR to obtain medical attention and trauma counseling.

    Open Doors USA President/CEO David Curry said the conflict is “not a world focus right now, but it should be.”

    December 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

  7. Newsmax story: Officials in China’s Zhejiang province have launched what Christian activists call an “anti-church” campaign that has reportedly damaged or demolished some 360 church buildings and crosses.

    One recent attack on China’s Christian community came with officials’ attempts to remove a cross from the Guantou church in Wenzhou.

    Wenzhou, a port city on the South China Sea, has for centuries been a hub of Christian missionary activity and is known as “China’s Jerusalem.” Before 1949, it was home to around 115,000 Christians, more than one-tenth of China’s total at the time.

    On June 11, security guards with batons and riot shields were deployed to prevent members of the Guantou church from entering the building and attempting to halt the removal of a large red cross from one of the church’s domes, The Telegraph reported.

    The demolition workers were forced to retreat after church members got past the security personnel and disconnected the power supply. Several churchgoers were slightly injured in the scuffle.

    But the demolition workers returned early on Tuesday, and the cross “was secretly taken down between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.,” said Zheng Legou, a local church leader.

    Officials had threatened to tear down the entire church — as they did with the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou in April — if church members tried to stop the removal a second time, Zheng claimed.

    The Telegraph published a photo showing a crane lifting a large red cross from the church. Another photo showed the damaged cross discarded on the church grounds.

    Another church in Wenzhou scheduled to open to worshippers next year had its cross removed on June 15, according to The Telegraph.

    Authorities have notified at least 15 churches that if they don’t remove their crosses by the end of June they will face demolition, according to China Aid, a Christian advocacy group that claims some 360 church buildings and crosses have already been attacked.

    Activists believe the Communist Party is attempting to rein in the growth of Christianity.

    The government maintains that the demolition campaign is aimed at all illegal buildings and “eyesores” and not just churches. But government documents obtained by The New York Times disclose that the campaign is intended to bring “excessive religious sites” and “overly popular” religious activities under control.

    Christian activists are increasingly convinced, The Telegraph observes, that the “anti-church” campaign in Zhejiang “may be a precursor for similar actions across the country.”

    June 22, 2014 at 8:03 am

  8. Zeke

    Jiří Weigl: On the Near East powder keg

    “The unexpected offensive of the Sunni militias of the radical movement of ISIL (the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant) that already controls an important part of northern and central Iraq including the second largest city of Mosul has drawn the world’s attention. The unclear background of this new-born force leads us to believe that the reformatting of the region’s political powers has progressed into the next phase.

    The first phase was the „Arab Spring“, a chain of revolts against authoritarian rulers, mostly long standing former allies of the West, loyal supporters in its war on islamic terrorism. The West has thrown these loyal allies overboard, welcoming the Arab Spring as an expression of the world’s allegedly unstoppable progression towards liberal pro-western democracy, and started cooperating with mostly underground islamic movements that have become the main force of the victorious opposition.

    In countries where the opposition failed to score an easy victory, Western powers either launched a direct military intervention as in Libya, or worked through their traditional allies in the oil monarchies of the Arab peninsula, supporting in this way the respective anti-government uprisings (Syria). The result of it all is the political and economic upheaval and chaos that we see throughout the region. The West’s original propaganda calling this process a spontaneous spreading of democracy and human rights quickly vanished, as soon as the advancing radical islamic movements started the implementation of their concrete political actions. Local communities in countries engulfed by the Arab Spring found themselves on the verge of a cold, or even open, hot and bloody civil war that we see in Syria for example.

    Following the Muslim Brotherhood’s victory in Egypt’s parliamentary and presidential elections, the local elites have been trying to stop these malignant developments with a military coup and the reintroduction of military dictatorship. Tunisia is in a state of fragile ceasefire, while Libya, Yemen and Syria have joined the ranks of Iraq and Somalia, disintegrated states turning into conglomerates of divided tribal elites waging religious wars on one another.”

    http://www.klaus.cz/clanky/3600

    June 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm

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