Iran’s Supreme Leader Openly Warns Against House Church Movement

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

According to Open Doors USA, “House church leaders fear an increased wave of persecution following a speech by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.:

In a speech given by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, he warns Iranians against the “network of house churches” that “threaten Islamic faith and deceive young Muslims.” Iranian Christians are concerned that this will result in a policy causing increased pressures and arrests, but hope that it is used by God to draw more Iranian’s to Christ.
Ayatollah Khamenei, on October 19th, gave a speech in Qom, which is the second most holy city after Mashhad. In it the supreme leader elaborates on the ways in which he believes that Islam is attacked that causes young Muslims to fall away from the “pure” Islamic faith. He refers to Salman Rushdie, Hollywood films and cartoons that try to destroy Islam. He also warns of attacks from philosophies or religions like Sufi Islam, nihilism and the Baha’i faith.
In the same sentence, Khamenei warns about the deception of the enemy by the expanding “shabakeye kelisahaye khanegi” or “network of house churches.”
One church leader states that Khamenei is setting up internal enemies in order to distract citizens from economic problems.
Speeches like this often have a wide ranging effect on the security services and the religious police. They often take measures against the excesses that Khamenei warms against. He painted house church members as enemies of the state so some sort of response by the government is to be expected.
Please continue to keep the church of Iran in prayer. In the midst of great adversity the church in Iran is growing. God is working in a mighty way even though numerous Christians are imprisoned for their faith. The church daily experiences the limitations of this Islamic regime, Christians are watched closely and some churches are even under surveillance. Known church leaders can no longer operate as they have in the past, they must work very discreetly. Pray that God would give them wisdom and grace.

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  • APPEAL TO UN AND HUMAN RIGHTS,

    Everybody of you got the opportunity now, to help the “family members from King of Kings”. It’s very easy, as you only need to copy and submit. Please foward the following “request” and the instrucitons to forward below the letter, thank you and God bless you.

    Dear ladies and gentlemen of the UN and Human Rights, November, 2010

    we simply request you to pay attention to the matter of any other religion than Muslim in Iran, to the Minorities of religion. As any other country even financial support building Mosques in their countries and give them the right to practice their faith, how can it be right that as Minorities of religion want to assemble together and do no harm, they have to be sentenced to death for and tortured and imprisoned for in a land that only take religious freedom in other countries, like Iran? Rights groups have suggested that the crackdown against non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran is likely related to the disputed June 2009 elections. After last year’s election, government forces have cracked down on various citizen groups.

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned in his speech in Qom, second Holy City, on October 19th 2010 against minorities of religion in many ways as he says “they threaten Islamic faith and deceive young Muslims. Is he simply setting up internal enemies in order to distract citizens from economic problems? It is well known that after those speeches have wide ranging effect on the security services and the religious police as they take measures against the excesses that Khamenei warm up against.

    “This pattern of arrest and harassment of religious minorities, coupled with increasing inflammatory rhetoric from President Ahmadinejad and other leaders has not been seen since in the early years of the Iranian revolution,” Leo remarked from an U.S government body in charge of monitoring religious freedom in the world. He is pointing to demand to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who is in prison for the “Crime” of apostasy and sentenced to death now by hanging. This written verdict was delivered November 12, 2010 while he is in Security Prison in Lakan, Iran. Behrouz Sadegh Khandjani is in Security prison in Shiraz, Plate 100, Iran. In his case no written verdict and both are not allowed to have any contact, not even to their lawyer or family.

    The non-partisan commission noted that past experiences with Iran have shown that pressure from the international community can influence the fate of prisoners.
    “This case is further evidence that there is no transparency or justice in Iran’s so-called legal system for religious minorities,” remarked USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “Time is of the essence here. This man’s life is at stake. We call upon our government and the international community to press for his release and ensure that Iran takes no extreme action in this case or in others like it.”

    The release of the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report, November 17, 2010 from Hillary Rodham Clinton says: “Obviously, we, like every country, must be vigilant in protecting the rights of religious minorities and building a society in which people of all faiths and people of no faith can live together openly and peacefully.” During the past year, al-Qaida issued calls for further violence against religious minorities in the Middle East. Sufi, Shia, and Ahmadiyya holy sites in Pakistan have been attacked.

    We don’t want to go on and on, but humbly ask: “Would you be so kind, please, and pay Attention to these matters immediately?” … knowing the written verdict of sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy for Youcef Nadarkhani is already delivered and count down is almost counted down in his case, never the less we don’t believe Behrouz Sadegh Khandjani is in any better positon, as nobody is allowed to get in contact with him, neither to Youcef Nadarkhani since a few weeks.

    Thank you so much and God bless you.

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    webmaster@unog.ch; nationalinstitutions@ohchr.org; gmagazzeni@ohchr.org; InfoDesk@ohchr.org; dexrel@ohchr.org; Press-Info@ohchr.org; unat@un.org; iran@un.int; http://www.unric.org/nl/; http://www.un.org/en/rights/; protocol@unog.ch; canada@un.int; prmny@international.gc.ca; safia.morsly-fikai@international.gc.ca; nycmis@um.dk; paris@hrw.org; Eleanor.Hevey@hrw.org; hrwpress@hrw.org

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    This way we are able to contribute “good”, though the situation in Iran got a possibility to get a “fundamentally” change and a foundation for persecuted Christians is laid to be able to, at least, leave the country in peace.

    God may richly bless you and thank you a lot

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