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In the News (Tue 23 Apr 19)

  Urban Legends Reference Pages: Iranian Law Requires Badges for Jews and Christians
Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.
Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons, but Tehran believed by Western nations to be developing its own nuclear military capability, in defiance of international protocols and peace treaties.
Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is debating a draft law that would discourage women from wearing Western clothing, increase taxes on imported clothes and fund an advertising campaign to encourage citizens to wear Islamic-style garments.
www.snopes.com /politics/religion/badges.asp   (1823 words)

  The persecutin of Christians in Iran information sheet
The persecution of Christians in Iran today is not a series of isolated events or the result of individual prejudices but rather a state policy implemented at all levels in various forms.
Iran's Supreme Court on two occasions dismissed the first charge on grounds that the letter was not proved to be in Hossein's handwriting and the second charge as unfounded.
The persecution of Christians in Iran has decimated the leadership of the Protestant evangelical community in that country and created an atmosphere of terror under which the church is presently suffering.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Agora/3518/iran1097.html   (2211 words)

 MAR | Data | Assessment for Christians in Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The majority of Iran's Christian population belongs to the Armenian Orthodox Church (CULDIFX1 = 2; CULDIFX4 = 1), with a sizable number of Assyrian Christians as well as small numbers of Roman Catholics, Anglican and Protestant Christians converted by missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Christians, in general, are allowed to participate in Iran's economic and social life and have achieved a high standard of living.
Christians in Iran have also encountered various forms of harassment by the Iranian government including torture, long-term imprisonment (with and without trial), unfair trials (often accusing them of spying or other trumped up charges), and execution.
www.cidcm.umd.edu /inscr/mar/assessment.asp?groupId=63010   (1014 words)

 Culture of Iran
Early Christian records mention that Peter and Thomas preached the Gospel to the Parthians and men such as Thaddaeus, Bartholomew, and Addeus evangelized the races of Mesopotamia and Persia, and that Mari, a noble Persian convert, succeeded Addeus in the government of the Persian Christian communities.
Christianity spread in both Villages and cities and by the end of the Parthian period (AD 225), Christian communities were settled all the way from Edessa, an important missionary center, to Afghanistan.
Christians in Iran received a definite standing among the population, with freedom to manage their own affairs, but answerable to the state authorities through the Catholicos who became a civil as well as a religious head.
www.cultureofiran.com /Christianity.php   (8527 words)

 Religions of Iran: Mazdakism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Constantine, the Roman Emperor, carried away by his zeal for Christianity, proclaimed himself to be the spiritual head of all the Christian in the world (including, of course, the Christians of Iran).
The poor Christians of Iran found themselves placed in a very false position, torn between two loyalties, to the king of their own country and to the head of their faith, the Roman emperor.
The conditions in Iran soon after the death of Firuz I were almost exactly the same as those prevailing in France on the eve of the French Revolution or in Russia at the end of the First World War.
www.iranchamber.com /religions/mazdakism.php   (2167 words)

 Bearing the Cross: Christians in Iran
Workers in Iran's large public sector are screened for adherence to Islam while university applicants have to state their religion before being admitted.
The repression of Christians in Iran predates the seventh-century arrival of Islam.
Christians were brutally purged by the ardently Zoroastrian Sassanian dynasty during the third and fourth centuries.
www.aina.org /news/20051227142140.htm   (897 words)

 Iran Christians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Iran's indigenous Christians include an estimated 250,000 Armenians, some 32,000 Assyrians, and a small number of Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant Iranians converted by missionaries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
All Christians are required to observe the new laws relating to attire, prohibition of alcohol, and segregation by sex at public gatherings.
Christians have resented these laws because they have infringed on their traditional religious practices.
www.country-studies.com /iran/christians.html   (297 words)

 Iranian Christians, Who Are They?
By 2002, ICI estimated the number of Iranian Christians worldwide to be over 60,000 half being Muslim converts and the other half from various religious minorities.
On the other front, the depth of Iranian Christians' commitment to Christ came to the forefront when both the secular and Christian news media published Rev. Mehdi Dubai's written defense in early 1994.
Christian leaders have since recognized it as one of the most important documents ever produced by the Church.
www.iranchristians.org /whoarethey2.shtml   (443 words)

 The Persecution of Christians in Iran
The persecution of Christians in Iran today is not a series of isolated events or the result of individual prejudices but rather a state policy implemented at all levels in various forms.
Iran's Supreme Court on two occasions dismissed the first charge on grounds that the letter was not proved to be in Hossein's handwriting and the second charge as unfounded.
The persecution of Christians in Iran has decimated the leadership of the Protestant evangelical community in that country and created an atmosphere of terror under which the church is presently suffering.
www.jubileecampaign.co.uk /world/ira1.htm   (2227 words)

Bishop Hovsepian Mehr's statement broke a silence on the persecution of Iran's Christian minority observed by many Christian leaders in Iran, partly because of official pressure but also out of an apparent belief that by not publicizing the abuses to which they and their communities were being subjected they might prevent government reprisals.
She stated that she was the killer, that she lured the priest to his death by professing an interest in Christianity and then, with the help of an unidentified accomplice, shot him and placed his body in a freezer.
Christian sources report that Protestant leaders in Iran have been intimidated from reporting on the situation of evangelical Christians in Iran, and have also discontinued their evangelizing activities among Muslims.
www.hrw.org /reports/1997/iran/Iran-05.htm   (6737 words)

 Christians in Iran - Definition, explanation
The members of the newer, smaller churches are drawn both from the traditionally Christian ethnic minorities and to an increasingly larger degree converts from non-Christian background.
From Persia, missionary activity established the Saint Thomas Christians of India and the Nestorian Stele and Daqin Pagoda in China.
In 313, when Constantine I proclaimed Christianity to be the state religion of the Roman Empire, the Sassanid rulers of Persia adopted a policy of persecution against Christians, including the double-tax of Shapur II in tho 340s.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/c/ch/christians_in_iran.php   (1386 words)

 Iran Christians Pray And Fast Amid New Crackdown - Worthy News
TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife) -- Christians in and outside Iran launched 40 days of prayer and fasting "for the salvation" of Iran on 'Ascension Day', Thursday, May 25, amid concerns over reports of a government backed crackdown on Christian converts and churches in the Islamic state.
The action came shortly after news emerged that an Iranian Christian who converted from Islam 33 years ago was detained by the feared secret police in northern Iran.
A long-term convert from Islam, the former army colonel is serving a three-year jail term at Tehran’s Evin Prison for allegedly “concealing” his conversion to Christianity from the Iranian military.
www.worthynews.com /christian/iran-christians-pray-and-fast-amid-new-crackdown   (841 words)

 The Voice of the Martyrs Canada - Country Profile - Iran
Christians make up less than one-half of one percent of the population.
Although missions are not allowed to enter Iran, a growing number of Muslims have converted to Christianity.
Those who do convert, however, often face serious danger to themselves and their families and may seek refugee status abroad; something that foreign governments are not always willing to grant, as shown in two cases involving Canada in 2002 and 2003.
www.persecution.net /country/iran.htm   (584 words)

 Iran: Desperately Needs The Gospel
The majority of evangelical Christians in Iran were once Muslims, but many remain secret, as apostates are severely persecuted and even killed or 'disappeared'.
Iran is home to some of the world's largest unreached people groups - only 8 of the 70 ethnic groups in Iran have any known believers.
Inside Iran however, amidst the disillusionment, despair and desperation, witnessing is prohibited and millions of Iranians live and die unaware of the love of Jesus and the abundant life and salvation he freely offers.
jmm.aaa.net.au /articles/502.htm   (731 words)

 Christians in Ancient Iran (to 200 AD)
Nevertheless, the young Christianity very soon became a missionary church whose history is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles.
From AD 109 to 116, her grandson, Abgar VII, was king of Osrhoene, which, for a short period in the middle of the 1st century, was under the control of Adiabene.
According to the Syriac "Chronicle of Arbela", written by the otherwise unknown Mesiha-Zeka in the 6th century, Christianity in Adiabene stands out clearly from its surroundings as early as the year 100, when Mar Peqida was appointed bishop by his teacher, Addai, by the laying on of hands.
www.ancientworlds.net /180637   (699 words)

 Christians Celebrate Christmas in Iran
Although a minority religious group in Iran, Christians of Iran are free to practice their religion and perform their religious rituals.
Christmas in Iran is known as the “Little Feast” to the Assyrians compared to the Easter which is called the Great Feast.
Also to mark the arrival of the Christian New Year, different programs are organized to be held in the museum of Tehran’s Sa’ad Abad Palace from 2-4 of January 2007.
www.christiansofiraq.com /christmasinirandec266.html   (1870 words)

 WorldNetDaily: No badges for Jews, Christians, says Iran   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The story that Iran was planning to employ a tactic used by the Nazis, who required Jews in Germany to wear yellow stars during the 1930s, caused outrage and concern around the world.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on record denying the Holocaust and saying Israel should be wiped off the map.
Meir Javdanfar, an Israeli expert on Iran and the Middle East who was born and raised in Tehran, said he could uncover no evidence such a law had been passed.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=50304   (814 words)

 iranian.com: Eden Naby, Attitudes toward Iran's Assyrian Christians
The cold and dark is not in the author's heart, as the reviewer asserts on the basis of a misspelling of his name, but grows out of her own prejudices against a Christian, with a Christian name, writing about the homeland that has historically shunned people of his ethnicity and faith.
The reviewer's attempts to wrap her vile and unfounded slamming of this book with the implication that it represents some form of Islamophobia is perhaps the most damaging of the attitude toward Iran's Christians and the émigré Assyrian population that has found a home in Chicago and elsewhere in the United States.
If Iran had been less discriminatory toward Assyrians, as both the embodiment of a part of Iranian culture, and as indigenous Christians, the approximately 100,000 Assyrians (of all denominations) that lived in Iran in January 1914 would have grown at a rate similar to that of the country as a whole.
www.iranian.com /Books/2006/March/EN/index.html   (1207 words)

 EurasiaNet Civil Society - Iran: Bishop Concerned About Human Rights After Visit
His recent trip to Iran was also an attempt to bring attention to the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic.
Christians are, in general, free to practice their faith in Iran.
Maly says many of the estimated 200,000 Christians are leaving Iran because of social, cultural, and religious restrictions.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/civilsociety/articles/pp091706.shtml   (906 words)

 The Conversion of Religious Minorities to the Bahá'í Faith in Iran
This conversion movement involved a significant portion of the educated merchant elite of the Zoroastrians in Yazd (Stiles, "Early Zoroastrian"), all of the Zoroastrians of Qazvin (Dhalla, Dastur Dhalla 726), and a significant number in Kashan and Tehran as well.
This disavowal was deemed necessary since Bahá'ís regarded that each prophet was the 'return" of the preceding prophet in a manner analogous to the way in which Christians understood John the Baptist to be the "return" of Elijah.
Christians were not the only religious group to offer assistance to Bahá'ís in difficult situations.
www.safnet.com /bahai/docs/conversion1.html   (1523 words)

 United Church News: Iran receives Collegium member ‘with great hospitality'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Bishop was the only American among eight Christians in Iran for the fourth in a series of dialogues between Christians and Iranian religious leaders.
This was Bishop's third trip to Iran since the revolution, his first since 1997, and he found both Iranian officials and society to be much more open now than before.
As for President Bush's statement linking Iran with Iraq and North Korea in an "axis of evil," Bishop says the Iranians were genuinely hurt by it.
www.ucc.org /ucnews/mar02/iran.htm   (704 words)

 Islam in Iran - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The population of Iran is approximately 99 % Muslim, of which approximately 91 % are Shi'a and 8 % are Sunni, mostly Turkomen, a minority of Arabs, Baluchs, and Kurds living in the southwest, southeast, northeast and northwest.
Although Shi'as have lived in Iran since the earliest days of Islam, and there was one Shi'a dynasty in part of Iran during the tenth and eleventh centuries, it is believed that most Iranians were Sunnis until the seventeenth century.
A majority of Kurds, virtually all Baluchis and Turkomans, and a minority of Arabs are Sunnis, as are small communities of Persians in southern Iran and Khorasan.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Islam_in_Iran   (591 words)

Iran would not be the first society in which Jews were forced to keep their heads down and pray that the storm would pass, until it broke upon them.
Iran calls for the genocide of the Jews of Israel, 2005.
Iran seems to be voting itself in as "Next" on the list in the War on Terror.
markhumphrys.com /iran.html   (4352 words)

 IRAN Arrested Christians freed but one still in jail for “debt” - Asia News
Asia News IRAN Arrested Christians freed but one still in jail for “debt” IRAN christians freedom religious islam persecution minorities 15 members of a community of “free evangelicals” were accused of “evangelization”.
All were released on bail save one leader from Teheran who stands accused of not having made good damages incurred in a car crash.
The members of the Christian group targeted by the secret police managed to pay 30,000 euros for bail for the Teheran detainees: Hamid-Reza Tolou’ee and Shirin Sadegh, sister of the man who is still in prison.
www.asianews.it /index.php?l=en&art=8161&size=A   (625 words)

 A Look At Iran's Christian Minority
Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," yet among its more than 66 million people is a small but important Christian minority.
Most of Iran's Christians are Armenians and Assyrians, who remain relatively free to follow their faith.
Iran is also home to a small number of Catholics and a small but growing number of Protestants.
www.christiansofiraq.com /iran.html   (1052 words)

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