h/t Eugene Cho
This man to the left is facing execution in Iran.
His crime? Being a Christian and a pastor. The charge? Conversion (to Christianity). The bargain? Three chances to recant. So far he’s turned down the first two with the following words:
“Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?” The judges replied , “To the religion of your ancestors, Islam.” To which he replied, “I cannot.”
and now he’s between a rock and a hard place. If he recants again they WILL execute him – and that somehow needs to be stopped! In this picture I not only see a Christian, but a father, a husband, a citizen, a human being.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
And from Christian Solidarity Worldwide:
Your support is vital as we make this urgent appeal to stop his execution. To make your voice even stronger, you can telephone the Iranian embassy in London on 020 7225 3000 to express your concern and support for Pastor Nadarkhani. If you are outside of the UK, please feel free to contact your local embassy. Once you’ve phoned them, please email us to let us know how you got on. Our team is in regular contact with those close to this case and we’ll update you as soon as we have more news. We’re also calling Christians worldwide to pray for Pastor Nadarkhani and his family – find out more on our website: http://dynamic.csw.org.uk/article.asp?t=news&id=1067
Below is the email petition I sent out, feel free to copy / paste / update