“Dear President Rouhani,
I have been watching with great concern about the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who is currently a prisoner in your country. He was in Iran working to build an orphanage when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison. His situation has been receiving an increasingly high level of attention in the United States. Unfortunately this publicity has been entirely negative for Iran, with the belief that the primary reason for Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment was because of his Christian faith.
As you may know, as a religious leader I have often spoken (both publicly and also privately with your national leadership) about the need for greater understanding and peace among the nations of the world. As you come to the United States this week for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it is my sincere hope that ways may be found to reduce the current tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The announcement on Monday that your country has freed 80 political prisoners is very encouraging. I fear, however, that the current publicity surrounding the continued imprisonment of Pastor Abedini, and American citizen, may further harm the already fragile relationship that presently exists between our two nations.
On Sept. 26, the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment, thousands will attend prayer vigils in more than 70 U.S. cities, calling on your country to release this husband, father and servant of God. I join them by respectfully asking you to release Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions.
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“Today you will spend solitary moments of conversation with yourself either listing your complaints or counting your blessings.” -Paul Tripp
“On a clear, beautiful September morning in 2001 our American family was savagely attacked by Islamic assassins murdering thousands of us…parents embracing their children on airlines, young stewardesses cut down while blocking cockpit doors, pilots slashed while strapped helpless in their seats, thousands of citizens just like us at work sipping their first coffee burned alive then crushed or vaporized with 415 incredibly brave rescuers slaughtered trying to reach the unreachable victims.
Those heroes sacrificed their lives while “in uniform” just like our military heroes in the Middle East today and for months to come. All of us, or at least most of us, felt on September 11, 2001 that our lives had changed forever. A resolute President Bush forcefully proclaimed that we were fully engaged in a “War on Terror”. How soon some have forgotten all that “worse then Pearl Harbor” horror. I was hosting my live national program that painful morning reporting every terror strike as they happened. ” ….
“For over thousand years marauding Islamic warriors tried to conquer the known world. Then in 1683 A.D. after a two month siege of Vienna with the conquest of all Europe in the balance, Polish Calvary led by a 72 year old prince destroyed the Muslim forces on “September 11th”. Osama picked that very date to strike America 318 years later. For three centuries the Muslim’s assaults were bloody but confined to piracy, the Balkans and genocide of 1,500,000 Armenians while Europe typically turned its back. Now starting in the 1980’s with increasing ferocity the dark side of Islamic expansionism has returned with a jealous vengeance and gone inter-continental.” -Bob Dornan
Bob Dornan comments after September 11th 2001