In a recent Washington Post opinion piece on Youcef Nadarkhani, a Christian pastor under a death sentence for apostasy in Iran, Jordan Sekulow describes Nadarkhani’s attorney as:
. . . a brave Muslim who has been sentenced to nine years in prison and banned from practicing law by the Iranian government.
And John Boehner has weighed in:
Religious freedom is a universal human right. The reports that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani will be sentenced to death by the Iranian government unless he disavows his Christian faith are distressing for people of every country and creed.
Where is President Obama on this? Even as a cynical political calculation, it can’t possibly be good for his reelection prospects to let a Christian pastor in Iran go to his death without so much as a peep of protest from him.
What sort of hope is being kept alive by such diplomatic silence?
If you want to lobby President Obama to say something about this unfortunate man, here’s the number to the White House switchboard: