An Appalling Betrayal of American Pastor Saeed Abedini

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The ACLJ reports that on the night of November 23, 2013, the President of the United States left an American pastor, Saeed Abedini, behind.

The “deal” with Iran announced tonight by President Obama, which allegedly halts “part” of Iran’s nuclear program, allows Iran to enrich uranium and allows it to maintain a nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions and humanitarian relief.

It is outrageous that the Obama Administration commenced these negotiations and concluded them without the release of Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen.  In fact, the Administration has just confirmed that he was not even part of the negotiations, stating that “The P5+1 talks focused exclusively on nuclear issues.”

The Obama Administration did not volunteer this information; it was revealed only after a specific inquiry from Fox News.

For more than a year, Pastor Saeed has undergone torture at the hands of his Iranian captors, most recently being transferred to one of the most deadly prisons in the world.  Yet instead of demanding the release of this innocent U.S. citizen as a precondition to any negotiations with Iran, the Obama Administration is relaxing sanctions and providing humanitarian relief, while getting nothing but more meaningless promises in return.

Humanitarian relief?

Iran has been in a state of armed conflict against the U.S. since 1979. It has taken American hostages, killed Americans directly through terror attacks, and has been a principal supplier of arms to our jihadist enemies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In other words, Iran has American blood on its hands.

Iran has been our enemy since the jihadist takeover in 1979, and it remains our enemy. It holds an American pastor — torturing him in horrific prison conditions — merely because it hates his Christian faith.

Pastor Saeed entered Iran with the permission of the Iranian government to help construct an orphanage, a mission to help the most vulnerable in Iranian society.  Once there, he was arrested, tried without even being allowed to be present for his entire trial, convicted of nothing more than his Christian faith, and held in appalling conditions.

And we’re giving Iran humanitarian relief?

It is difficult to comprehend the level of betrayal.  We have made “deals” with tyrants before.  One of former President Bill Clinton’s gifts to the world was the 1994 “agreed framework” that provided U.S. aid in exchange for an alleged halt in North Korea’s nuclear program.  The result? North Korea is now not only a nuclear power but also a nuclear proliferator that has worked with Iran.

We have left Pastor Saeed behind in the vain hope that we can trust Iran.

It is a dark, cold night in America.


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5 replies

  1. We have an American citizen unlawfully imprisoned in an Iranian prison and yet we are giving Iran a pass? Our leaders should not have conceded anything to Iran and should have stopped all talks and increased all sanctions until Saeed Abedini was released! First of all, how can we make any deal with a country who has vowed to wipe us off the face of the earth along with Israel? How do we allow Iran to hold hostage one of our citizens and even consider having an agreement with them and give them any help at all? This is nothing short of a travesty of justice and righteousness!


  2. The Islamists in the Whitehouse gave no thought to Pastor Saeed, but rest assured the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob does!


  3. I have a very heavy heart, and sleepless nights over this. This breaks my heart that leaders of our country would turn their backs on persecution, persecution because of this man’s belief in God. Thanks for bringing this post. We need to pray without ceasing for this Pastor and others facing death and persecution. When the Apostle Paul was in prison he won the guard to Christ. Pastor Saeed has been used by God to bring many to Christ. May God hold him in His hands and give him comfort, may God give His family comfort and strength. Jesus told us not to fear the man that could take our life, but to fear him that could take our life and our soul. Pastor Saeed took this to heart. He has taken up his cross and followed Christ. He didn’t love his life more than his love for Christ. How many of us would heed these words? How many would follow Christ even to death? Strengthen you hearts and souls and put on the ‘Armor of God.’ As persecution is coming. Jesus promised he would be with us even unto the end of time. Whatever tribulation or suffering we face, it will be short, and then we will be with our Lord and Savior. Just as he promised to those who overcome. Take Pastor Saeed’s sacrifice to heart and prepare for what’s ahead. Take up your cross and follow Christ, heed these words. John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. Let’s let Pastor Saeed’s sacrifice count for something. Let this put a new fire into your soul, a fire that all of satan’s arrows can not extinguish. Let your light shine forth, and go into the world and make disciples of all men!


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