Iran: Imprisoned Christian Pastor Faces Death For “Spreading Corruption On Earth”
Facing death for “spreading corruption.” Sound familiar? This decree is taken directly from a portion of the Qur’an that many Muslim apologists and their willingly ignorant defenders love to quote in an effort to pass off Islam as a peaceful religion. According to them, to kill someone “is as if he had slain mankind” and to save one “is as if he had saved” it. But let’s take a look at what the most “peaceful” verse in the entire Qur’an actually says:
Qur’an Sura 5:32, “Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors”.
In and of itself, the portion of Sura 5:32 they love to quote suggests that it is wrong to ever kill someone, period. When the verse is read in full, however, it makes two vital exceptions: Unless someone is killed for revenge, or unless they are killed for spreading “corruption” in the land. Since the teachings and beliefs of Jews and Christians and all non-Muslims in general are considered “corrupt” in Islam, the fact of the matter is that even the most “peaceful” Qur’anic verse is itself yet another one among many that devout Muslims will use to justify the slaughter of non-Muslims. For peaceful purposes …
Hadith, Tabari 9:69, “Killing Unbelievers [non-Muslims] is a small matter to us” – The Words of Mohammad, “Prophet” of Islam
By Lisa Daftari, FOX News – “An Iranian Christian pastor already imprisoned for his faith now faces the death penalty after being hit with a bizarre new charge called ‘spreading corruption on Earth.’
Supporters fear the worst for Pastor Behnam Irani, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for his Christian activities, including leading a 300-member evangelical congregation in Karaj, a city less than 15 miles outside the capital, Tehran. He is now being held in solitary confinement and suffering numerous health problems, including internal bleeding, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas old the website BosNewsLife.com that his group is ‘deeply concerned by the new charges against Pastor Irani, especially the charge of spreading corruption on Earth.’
‘The charges leveled against Pastor Irani and other Christians are tantamount to an indictment of Christianity itself and mark a renewed escalation in Iran’s campaign against Persian Christians under the Rouhani presidency,’ Thomas said in a statement.
In recent months, Irani faced brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, which threatened him with additional charges.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, who ran for office as a moderate a year ago, has since presided over a brutal crackdown on Iran’s Christian community. Rouhani and the religious mullahs he answers to have been particularly concerned about the spread of Christianity and conversion into its Muslim population.
‘There are a lot of people who are disgruntled with the government and many for comfort and peace in their lives are turning to Christianity,’ Jason DeMars, founder of Present Truth Ministries, which sponsors Christian churches and outreach in the Middle East, told FoxNews.com. ‘That’s a threat to the regime.
‘The more people who turn from Islam, the fewer people they have on their side,’ DeMars added.” Read more.
Flashback: Iranian Government Launches Public Campaign To Halt The Spread Of Christianity – ” Iran’s Islamic leadership has launched a public campaign to halt the rapid spread of Christianity among Iranians, BosNewsLife learned Monday, September 2. The government’s think-tank and the Iranian intelligence service are organizing meetings aimed at debating the ‘conversion from Islam’ and to analyze why especially Iranian youth convert to Christianity, well-informed Iranian Christians said… ‘Christianity is spreading in Iran rapidly…The increasing growth of house-churches in the country and the tendency of Iranian youth and their families to convert from Islam has turned into a major concern for the security organizations, especially Shi’ite Islamic clerics.’ … ‘In 1979, there were less than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today the most conservative estimate is that there are at least 100,000 believers in the nation …'” Read more.
Flashback: Iran: Islamic Republic Launches Bible Burning Campaign Fearing Growth of Christianity Among Its Youth – “A Shi’ite cleric affiliated with the Iranian regime has warned about the ‘danger’ of Christianity spreading in the Islamic republic. This come amid reports of an anti-Christianity propaganda campaign and the seizure of thousands of Bibles. According to Mohabat News, an independent Iranian Christian news agency, Ayatollah Hadi Jahangosha expressed concern about ‘the spread of Christianity among our youth,’ citing the availability of Christian satellite television programs, books and objects. ‘Everyone in society should feel responsibility in this matter and play his or her role in spreading of pure Islam and fight false and distorted cultures,’ Mohabat quoted him as saying during a presentation on Mahdism – the belief in the so-called ‘hidden’ or 12th imam, prophesied to emerge at a time of future chaos.” Read more.