Friday, March 15, 2013

Faith Organization to Hold Prayer Vigil and Public Witness Tomorrow Morning Before Wife of Imprisoned American Pastor in Iran Testifies on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, will speak before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing in the Rayburn House Office building beginning at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 15.

Pastor Saeed, an Iranian born American citizen, was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Iran for his Christian faith.

The prayer vigil, sponsored by the Christian Defense Coalition, will be on Friday, March 15, at 9:00 a.m.

The vigil will be on the public sidewalk of the Rayburn House Office Building on Independence Ave. SW.

The Christian Defense Coalition has organized many events around Washington, D.C. calling for the release of Pastor Saeed including peaceful civil disobedience in front of the White House just last month.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition states,

    "It is deeply troubling and disturbing that a U.S. citizen would be imprisoned for 8 years and brutally beaten in a foreign country for simply being a Christian.

    "What is also troubling and disturbing is that President Obama has failed to personally and publicly address this issue and demand the immediate release of Pastor Saeed.

    "President Obama's silence on religious freedom and basic human rights sends a clear message to the world that these issues are not a top priority for this Administration.

    "We will gather on Capitol Hill first to pray, and ask God to intervene and act on behalf of Pastor Saeed and his family. We will also be praying for the testimony of all the presenters including Naghmeh, the wife of Pastor Saeed.

    "We will also stand as a 'prophetic witness' for justice reminding the President, Congress and the nation of Pastor Saeed's imprisonment and the persecution of so many others around the world. America must never be silent on the issue of religious freedom across the globe."
For more information on interviews please call Rev. Patrick Mahoney at: 540.538.4741

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