Iran Regime Sentences every member of a Church to Prison for Practicing ChristianityPublished by Tirdad on August 16, 2018
Every member of a church in Iran has been sentenced to a year imprisonment for practicing Christianity.
According to an informed source:”A Christian couple have reported that a court in Boushehr has sentenced them, and ten other Iranian Christian converts to one year imprisonment each, for ‘Propaganda against the Islamic Republic of Iran in favor of Christianity.’ This group of Christian converts was arrested on 7 April, 2015.”
According to Mohabat News, a Christian website, this Iranian Christian couple was charged with “orientation toward the land of Christianity”, while Jeff King, the president of International Christian Concern, confirmed on Friday that each member of the congregation was also sentenced to a year imprisonment.
Iran does legally recognise Christianity as a religion, but according to the US State Department’s 2017 report on International Religious Freedom in Iran, this does not include Christians who convert from Islam.
In fact, the Iranian penal code allows the death sentence for any non-Muslims who attempt to convert Muslims, anyone who creates hostility against God, and anyone who insults the prophet. These are intentionally vague charges that are used against anyone who questions the Regime and often against political prisoners.
It should be mentioned that the Iranian Regime has a long history of continuing to harass, intimidate, and arrest religious minorities in the country.