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Monday, March 25, 2013

A Question of Faith

  America is truly one of the greatest experiments in world history. Prior to it's founding, no people on Earth had ever governed themselves, had the freedom to speak out about whatever they wished, even the government. The freedom to assemble freely, and the freedom to worship the God (or Gods), of their choice, without fear of government retribution.
  Freedom of religion. Freedom from religion. People have come here for one of those two things since day one. They have come with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and risked their lives for this simple idea.
  Two recent cases of people coming here to be able to worship freely, and the Obama State Department barely lifting a finger to help in either case is truly disturbing.
  Pastor Saeed Abedini is an Iranian who became an American citizen in 2010. He and his wife, both converts from Islam to Christianity. Abedini traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. to work with the underground house church movement, and most recently, was helping to build an orphanage. On his last trip to Iran, he was arrested, and sentenced to eight years in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. The State Department did not provide a witness at a hearing last week where Abedini's wife Naghmeh spoke. The U.S. Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, has been very vague in her statements to the Council, even failing to comment on this specific case. Rep. Frank Wolf R-Va, and other lawmakers have sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to make this case a top priority, as the Iranian government does not recognize Abedini's American citizenship.
  Uwe and Hannalore Romeike, evangelical Christians from Germany, applied for and were granted political refuge in the U.S. in 2010. Under German law, it is illegal to home school children. The Romeikes maintain that their children are being taught things in German schools that go against their beliefs. The Department of Homeland Security is now attempting to deport the family, claiming that the German law, originally implemented during the Nazi era, does not violate the family's human rights. If the family is deported to Germany, they face fines, possible imprisonment, and almost certain loss of the custody of their children to the State.
  So what could be the reason for the Obama administration's reluctance to help people who have escaped religious persecution in their home countries and sought refuge in the United States? They seem to have no trouble accommodating Muslims whenever they want to build a mosque, even a block away from Ground Zero. Is it the entire anti-Christian sentiment that seems to permeate our culture today? Certainly the mainstream media does nothing but encourage it. Hollywood does everything it can to portray Christians as Bible-thumping, judgemental neanderthals, who tell everyone around them that they are going straight to Hell if they do not repent and become one of them this instant. But society as a whole is rather good at that, notice the stereotype of Witches next fall around Halloween.
  Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement late last week condemning Iran's treatment of Pastor Saeed, and calling for his immediate release. But we all know how much weight that will hold with the Iranian government. The Romeikes appeal to the 6th Circuit Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on April 23.
  Are we learning that if you are a Christian who merely wishes to practice their faith without fear of persecution, that perhaps Barack Obama's America is not the place for you?

 To help Saeed Abedini and sign a petition for his release, and find out more, go to
 To help the Romeike family, and find out more about their case, visit the National Home School Legal Defense.

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