Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

I hope this is a case of better late than never.  White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, condemned Iran for its treatment of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been convicted of apostasy from Islam and is threatened with imminent execution”

“Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people. That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran’s own international obligations. We call upon the Iranian authorities to release Pastor Nadarkhani, and demonstrate a commitment to basic, universal human rights, including freedom of religion”

As Michael Ledeen likes to say, “Faster please.”  How about strongly worded personal statements from President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton?

Here’s a link to the story:

Dear Reader,

Your charitable support for First Things is urgently needed before July 1.

First Things is a proudly reader-supported enterprise. The gifts of readers like you— often of $50, $100, or $250—make articles like the one you just read possible.

This Spring Campaign—one of our two annual reader giving drives—comes at a pivotal season for America and the church. With your support, many more people will turn to First Things for thoughtful religious perspectives on pressing issues of politics, culture, and public life.

All thanks to you. Will you answer the call?

Make My Gift

Comments are visible to subscribers only. Log in or subscribe to join the conversation.

Tags

Loading...

Filter First Thoughts Posts

Related Articles