There are many forms of persecution: political, religious, social, economic–to name just a few. Persecution is the unnecessary squashing of an ant under the heel of a boot. Persecution takes flames to a forest; burning everything down, until only ashes remain. But the worst form of persecution–the one that holds a special place in hell–is religious persecution. The current master of religious persecution is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran.
According to Fox News:
“Five Iranian Christian converts who were detained late last year will reportedly begin trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, according to a human rights group following the case…The five men were among seven arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz during a prayer session. They will be tried at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz’s Fars Province on charges of disturbing public order, evangelizing, threatening national security and engaging in Internet activity that threatens the government.”
In addition, Fox News notes that persecution of Christians and religious minorities–who dare to practice anything other than Shia–has increased fairly dramatically since the beginning of 2012. This has forced those who would want to practice Christianity to take solace in underground house churches.
More from Fox:
“Under Shariah, or Islamic law, a Muslim who converts to Christianity is on a par with someone waging war against Islam. Death sentences for such individuals are prescribed by fatwas, or legal decrees, and reinforced by Iran’s Constitution, which allows judges to rely on fatwas for determining charges and sentencing on crimes not addressed in the Iranian penal code.”
This nation–the nation that oppresses even its own Islamic citizens–is punishing converts to Christianity with imprisonment, and death. Simply for daring to reject orthodox Shia, people are being executed by the state.
This probably doesn’t come as news to many of you reading this; but to a majority of Americans, religious persecution of this degree is unheard of. Many Americans have absolutely no idea the gravity of the situation in the Middle East. A possible majority of Americans will sit back and watch a movie like Gladiator, and think about how backwards a time it was; while several thousand miles away–right now–nearly the same thing is happening.
It is said that nothing is worse than sincere ignorance. I would say that nothing is worse than ignorant tolerance. We have become so inundated with the concept of “tolerance” that we are unwilling to see evil when it is right in front of us. We are repeatedly told by the media that Islam is a religion of peace; that we cannot stand in judgment; meanwhile, the Middle East–over which radical Islam rules–is seething with the hatred of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and any religion that is not Islam.
5 men: Mohammad Roghangir, Surush Saraie, Eskandar Rezaie, Shahin Lahooti and Massoud Rezaie–among innumerable others–are being persecuted for their religion. They will face prison, and likely execution.
I am writing this not because there is anything that can be done, but as a note of solidarity. There is no ultimate point to this article, other than to take a moment to see the world for what it really is. We, as average Americans, can do nothing to change what is happening in Iran, but we can make aware those among us who have been blinded to evil. We can give some kind of voice to the Christians, Jews, and other religious minorities that are being slaughtered in Iran.
This plague of ignorant tolerance is a weed that is wrapping itself around the truth; slowly taking its life. It’s about time we pulled some weeds.