While Obama Negotiates with Iran, Iran Cracks Down on Christians

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Obama’s sanctions relief for the Islamic terror state has brought Western businessmen flooding into the country eager to cash in.

“Airplanes to Iran are now full of Italians, including managers from Italian energy company Eni. France is also on the move. In a deal worth billions, the French are about to renew their licensing contract for supplying Peugeot components to Iranian car-maker Iran Khodro. And the Americans are there with ExxonMobil, Chevron Corporation and other companies. They are responsible for renovating the old oil production facilities and refinery industry, as well as exploring new oil fields. That’s a huge multibillion-euro business.”

While Iran makes it clear that it will continue expanding its nuclear program, Obama Inc. continues to reject sanctions against it.

And Iran, like so many of Obama’s newfound Islamic allies, is repaying the favor by increasing its crackdown on Christians.

 One of the few Iranian churches still serving Christians who are not from minority ethnic groups – and are therefore more likely to be converts from Islam –reportedly has told these Farsi-speaking believers that they are no longer welcome.

“Since 2011, pressure and restrictions on Iranian churches have increased dramatically,” it said. “Many Christians, especially newly converted Christians, have faced imprisonment, pressure and harassment in the past few years. Iranian intelligence and security forces have recently focused their efforts to close down more churches around the country.”

Mohabat News said churches in Iran are coming under pressure to stop all activities in Farsi, including sermons.

Critics say that despite the election of a president last year viewed as reform-minded, the situation has, if anything, gotten worse.

“Conditions are at levels not seen since the early years of the [1979] revolution,” U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom chair Katrina Lantos Swett wrote in an op-ed last weekend.

The Iranian Supreme Leader’s front man President Hassan Rouhani tweeted a Christmas message which is the kind of thing that fools Western diplomats who ignore the real plight of the people in the Islamic theocracy.

Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence requested the church turn over their personal information, an act intended to intimidate members from attending.

Meanwhile Obama has allowed money to pour into the Iranian regime encouraging further persecution.

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

  • john spielman

    The obamanation who sits in the Oval Office will do NOTHING about the antichrist Islamic regime of Iran’s’s treatment of Christians.

  • EarthView

    Iran does not persecute Christians. But, apostasy is illegal in Iran and in many Muslim states. This stupid man, if he had any sense, would not have gone back to Iran. If you are born a Christian, you have no problems in Iran. But, if you are a Muslim, you cannot renounce it. It is a stupid law but anyone with common sense should know what the law is.

    • John

      Are you related to Ayatollah Sugar? The one with the monopoly on sugar imports?

      After all for the last 30 days it has been Iran this, Iran that posting to ABC, Politico, Jerusalem Post …

    • tickletik

      It’s good to be obedient

    • john spielman

      you are a deceived or you are an intentional; liar just like Mohammed! ISLAM IS A ONE WAY STREET, you can leave Christianity and become muslim but cannot leave Islam that vile religion of death and darkness without being killed. More proof that Islam is of the devil!

    • Notalibfool

      “Iran does not persecute Christians.”

      Sorry but that was so dishonest I won’t waste my time reading the rest of your comment.

  • John

    Earthview is a straight down the line unreconstructed, unrepentant Marxist or appears to be. Mayber he or she is an Iranian. Most of his/her posts for the last month are related to Iran

    “I hope all religions will disappear, but admittedly it is a false hope. As Marx said, religion is the opiate of the masses. All religions are pernicious.” – 8 days ago

    “That is nonsense. The biggest terrorist states in the world are the U.S. and Israel.” -11 days ago

    “What about Jewish lives? More than 20,000 Jews live in Iran and have no problems. They even have about 25 Synagogues just in Tehran. So, what is your problem? Who is trying to push Jews into the sea? You are just another ignorant, paranoid or delusional liar.” – 12 Days ago

  • DogmaelJones1

    “The Iranian Supreme Leader’s front man President Hassan Rouhani tweeted a
    Christmas message which is the kind of thing that fools Western diplomats who ignore the real plight of the people in the Islamic theocracy.” I don’t think Western diplomats are “fooled” by Rouhani or by assurances made by anyone in the Iranian government. They just don’t give a damn. They and these Western businessmen filling the planes to Tehran are just as likely to condemn their own mothers to stoning rather than pass up an opportunity to “do business” with the devil.