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Heydar Moslehi, Minister of Intelligence in Iran, has declared that house churches are a threat to youth, Mohaba News, an Iranian Christian News Agency, reported Monday. Moslehi's statement raises anxiety over new persecution among the Christian community.
Moslehi reportedly acknowledged that a new series of efforts will be made to fight the growth of the house church movement in Iran, the agency reports.The government is also reportedly shifting toward a policy of preventing young people from becoming Christians.
Originally posted by MahmoudAhmadinejad
I think you'll find that Heydar Moslehi is not the 'Iranian Leader'
Hojjatol-Islam Heydar Moslehi (born 29 September 1956, Isfahan) is the head of the Ministry of Intelligence in Iran. He was originally appointed on 5 August 2009. He resigned from his position on 17 April 2011 after being asked to resign by Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was reinstated in his position by the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei. Ahmadinejad decided to not hold cabinet meetings, in protest of Moslehi's presence. As of April 2011, cabinet meetings are being held without Ahmadinejad, with the vice president of Iran, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, chairing the meetings. On 27 April, the majles endorsed Moslehi in his position as Minister of Intelligence. The New York Times reported on speculation that Moslehi's resignation was prompted by a dispute with Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, after Moslehi tried to dismiss an intelligence official.
Article 12 [Official Religion]
The official religion of Iran is Islam and the Twelver Ja'fari school, and this principle will remain eternally immutable. Other Islamic schools are to be accorded full respect, and their followers are free to act in accordance with their own jurisprudence in performing their religious rites. These schools enjoy official status in matters pertaining to religious education, affairs of personal status (marriage, divorce, inheritance, and wills) and related litigation in courts of law. In regions of the country where Muslims following any one of these schools constitute the majority, local regulations, within the bounds of the jurisdiction of local councils, are to be in accordance with the respective school, without infringing upon the rights of the followers of other schools.
Article 13 [Recognized Religious Minorities]
Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian Iranians are the only recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.
Originally posted by Ixtab
Considering the latest scandal regarding pedophile priests abusing tens of thousands of children in the Netherlands, he probably has a fair point about them being a danger to children.
Originally posted by hmdphantom
It is easy to broadcast lies to the people on the opposite end of the world , isn't it ?
I think it's things like that that make Westerners believe that Iran is not serious about religious freedom and equality. But, as you say, we may be mis-informed.
Kamvar attributes the stepped up raids against Christians to comments last month by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denouncing the growth of private house churches.
"This, in my opinion, was a green light to the other authorities to crack down on them," Kamvar said from Canada, where he now lives.
This would be a large difference between Islam and the US. As you may have seen on ATS, we take our Constitutionally guaranteed rights very seriously. The idea of putting bounds on those rights because of the dictates of a religion is quite foreign to us. Nor would we be willing to accept a change based just on a majority of people here. We hold the right to criticize Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or our leader's parentage as central.
The freedom of religion in Iran is defined within the boundaries of Islamic society accepted by majority of people here.
AGAIN - you are in Iran and you have admitted there is no freedom of information, no freedom of the press, no freedom of the internet. And yet you continually have access to the internet and are continually posting anti-Israel, anti-America, Pro-Iranian propaganda. How do YOU get such internet access in Iran? Are you a government agent??