When President Obama came into office, we were assured that our relationship with Islamic nations would improve. Islam is really a religion of peace. He said the following in his remarks to the Muslim world, delivered on June 4, 2009 in Egypt.
â€œI have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles â€“ principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. . . . And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.â€
So where is he as a Christian pastor is about to be executed in Iran because he is a Christian? Where are the media? When three American hikers were tried and imprisoned, they became causes cÃ©lÃ¨bres in the media until they were just recently released.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani remains behind bars in Rasht, a province in north western Iran, awaiting what is called a re-examination. â€œThe courts determined that he was a national apostate,â€ Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries, reports. â€œSo even though he never practiced Islam during his life, he was born to two parents who practiced Islam, and therefore, he has to recant.â€
According to law, an apostate is to be given three chances to renounce before he is executed. Meanwhile, the debacle has placed Nadarkhaniâ€™s attorney in danger, partly for doing a good job for his client. DeMars is convinced that only prayer and fasting will save either of the men. â€œAt this point in time, weâ€™re looking to God. Everything humanly has been exhausted.â€ Something human can be done. President Obama could intervene and appeal to what he said in Egypt to his Muslim audience: â€œAnd throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.â€