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Ex-Muslim turned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani sentenced to death in Iran

Ex-Muslim turned Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani sentenced to death in Iran
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNESROOM.COM

A Christian pastor who was arrested in 2009 for renouncing the Islam faith can now be executed at any time without warning, according to an Iranian court.

Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, was found guilty of apostasy by an Iranian lower court two years ago and now has been sentenced to death by hanging.

Fears have been expressed that the execution would be in retaliation to international pressure being put on Iran for its nuclear agenda. Jordan Sekulow, executive director of The American Center for Law and Justice, called the sentence “defiance” by Iran. Sekulow said to Fox News, “The world needs to stand up and say that a man cannot be put to death because of his faith.”

International legal director of the American Center for Law and Justice Tiffany Barrans told The Daily Caller, “The Iranian Supreme Court upheld that the proper sentence for an apostate that refuses to recant is death.” Nadarkhani has been in jail for 863 days.

Nadarkhani’s supporters say his arrest came after he questioned Muslim religious instruction of Iranian children, according to Mail Online. Although he had not practiced the Muslim religion as an adult, the court ruled that Nadarkhani had to return to the faith because he was born into a Muslim family.

 

'Cowboy Pope:' Will Cardinal Dolan be Named this Week?

'Cowboy Pope:' Will Cardinal Dolan be Named this Week?
BY ISAAC BENJAMIN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Since Pope Benedict XVI’s historic resignation, there has been widespread anticipation over the most spiritual of parlor games—guessing who will be elected the ne...

Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's Italian boyfriend, to release memoir first

Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox's Italian boyfriend, to release memoir first
BY WENDY EKUA QUANSAH
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

They say there are always three sides to a story: yours, mine and the truth.

For Raffaele Sollecito, another chapter is yet to be written about the charges he ...

Central American sugarcane workers dying from chronic kidney disease

Central American sugarcane workers dying from chronic kidney disease
BY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Tens of thousands of manual laborers in Central America are dying of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The victims are primarily sugarcane workers.

The Center for Public I...

U.S. issues Mexico travel warning before spring break

U.S. issues Mexico travel warning before spring break
BY JOHN SOLTES
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

In its latest warning, the Department of State urges Americans to take precaution when traveling to Mexico. The travel advisory, issued Feb. 8, is the strongest statem...

Stolen heart of St. Laurence O'Toole has Dublin cathedral dumbfounded

Stolen heart of St. Laurence O'Toole has Dublin cathedral dumbfounded
BY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It is not the kind of item one can easily sell on eBay or in pawn shops.

So officials were shocked when they discovered that the heart of a 900-year-old saint was ...

Rodman and Kim Jong Un "Friends For Life" in North Korea

Rodman and Kim Jong Un
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

If the United States and Iran can come together in support of wrestling remaining part of the Olympics, is there a little room for basketball diplomacy with North Korea...

Amanda Knox's legal troubles in Italy are not over yet

Amanda Knox's legal troubles in Italy are not over yet
BY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Italian prosecutors have appealed the murder acquittal of American-born Amanda Knox, who along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was accused in the 2007 stabbing de...

Biggest baby, 15 lbs., born in China: 'A big fat son' named Chun Chun

Biggest baby, 15 lbs., born in China: 'A big fat son' named Chun Chun
BY ANGELA DAIDONE
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Chun Chun only entered the world several days ago, but has already made the record books.

The baby, weighing in at 15.5 pounds, has gone on record as the biggest b...

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