A DEATH SENTENCE FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN?
You be the judge.
A young priest in Iran is facing a death sentence for embracing the Christian faith. In this day and age, one can call that a travesty of justice, and therefore he must be let go immediately.
However, that is not Iran, whose fundamentalist Muslim leaders are NOT held accountable for any treacherous thing they do, because nobody will ever dare to hold their feet to the fire (for ground hog's sake).
Lawmakers in the United States Congress are calling for his release, not because he is a Christian, but that his human and civil rights are being violated (for crying out loud).
The young pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, is being held on the grounds of "apostasy", which in itself is criminal, because it cannot differentiate between who is a Muslim and who is not.
They say that he is a threat to "national security" of that country; because he has converted from Islam to Christianity.
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) is sponsoring a resolution, which "denounces Iran for its leaders' ruling of apostasy against Youcef Nadarkhani and calls for his immediate release." (Fox News, 02/18/12).
As faith is a state of mind, one cannot physically dip into it and come up with anything substantial or evidential, as proof.
Trained Doctors, like psychologists and sociologists, do that for a living; however, to many, they are sycophants, as they only write a report after an examination of a "patient" and prove him to be straight or bent. After that their job is done and they get paid by the taxpayer.
The Ayatollahs fit into that mode; but what makes their situation different is that they are not trained. All they have to do is make sure that a particular "face" shows up at the Mosque every Friday, and it is automatically regarded as that of a Muslim believer.
Besides, their conduct is bizarre and eccentric, to say the least; as no one else has any control over the decisions they make. They can dream up an idea and it becomes "law" the next morning, and there is nobody to stop them.
They are saying that Youcef can "come back" and that will be alright, or he will be put to sleep for idolizing Christianity. In other words, he can be a Muslim under false pretences, just to be able to get away with his death sentence; and that is something that many are asking him to do.
A great number of Americans are offering their support to Rep. Joseph Pitts' resolution; but considering that he is dealing with a bunch of crazies in Iran, who are not mentally malleable, there is no certainty that the resolution will succeed. Nevertheless, he can give it a try.
A death sentence for being a Christian? That is ridiculous.
Footnote: Doctors are necessary, as they protect society from those, who will harm its (society's) members.