Friday, June 20, 2008

Iran's govt cracking down on believers

Iranian government cracks down on believers
Source: Mission Network News

Iranian police have launched a more extensive crackdown on "social corruption" throughout the Islamic Republic. Voice of the Martyrs' Todd Nettleton says a religion law is causing them concern. "It makes the death penalty mandatory for people convicted of leaving Islam to follow another faith. That, obviously, is another piece of intimidation." Authorities are rounding up church leaders. 44-year old Mohsen Namvar was among those arrested. "There has been, over the last 60 days, about a dozen Christians arrested. Most of them have been interrogated and held for a little while, and then released after paying a heavy bail. As far as we know, at this time, Mr. Namvar is still being held." Why the focus on believers? Nettleton says, "The church is growing at an absolutely phenomenal rate in Iran. Muslims are coming to know Christ; they're getting involved with these house church groups. That is what has caused the concern of the government. That's why these arrests are happening."