The brutal Iranian theocracy is still threatening to execute Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, apparently , after some buzz yesterday that the death sentence for apostasy from Islam might be overturned.  The general silence of the West about this blatant human rights violation—the arrest and imprisonment alone should spark protest—is a blot on our support for universal human rights.  The Speaker of the House issued a brief statement, but President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have remained silent, but for one statement back in July .  One hopes they are working feverishly behind the scenes, but I am not confident.  I just did a Google search and it was very dispiriting shallow pool, reflecting how deeply indifferent the media remain. Disgraceful.

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