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November 29, 2005

Iran: Christian Convert Stabbed To Death

Topics: Iran
"I will stop Christianity in this country," Ahmadinejad reportedly vowed. "This was apparently a green light from the president of Iran to go out and start killing Christians ..."
Being a Christian in any Islamic country is dangerous. But in Iran, it's downright scary.
An Iranian convert to Christianity was kidnapped last week from his home in northeastern Iran and stabbed to death, his bleeding body thrown in front of his home a few hours later.

Ghorban Tori, 50, was pastoring an independent house church of convert Christians in Gonbad-e-Kavus, a town just east of the Caspian Sea along the Turkmenistan border.

Within hours of the November 22 murder, local secret police arrived at the martyred pastor's home, searching for Bibles and other banned Christian books in the Farsi language. By the end of the following day, the secret police had also raided the houses of all other known Christian believers in the city.

In mid-April the conservative Guardian Council of Iran once again rejected a Parliamentary bill on equal diyeh, or blood-price, for non-Muslim Iranian nationals. This effectively affirms that the life of a Muslim is worth more than that of a Christian or other non-Muslim in accordance with Islamic law (Shari'ah).

Related:
Persecution of Christians in the Muslim world
Symposium: The Muslim Persecution of Christians (2003 Review)

Posted by Richard at November 29, 2005 6:40 PM



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