On this holiday weekend an Iranian pastor’s life hangs in the balance. On June 28, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. His crimes? Apostasy and evangelism. Pastor Nadarkhani had publicly opposed an Iranian practice requiring that all children, regardless of faith, receive Islamic instruction. In spite of alleged religious-freedom guarantees under the Iranian constitution, he now faces death — a sentence that could literally be carried out at any time.
And as of today, Pastor Nadarkhani is alive.