UPDATE from Jay Sekulow:
On Saturday, our prayers were answered and Pastor Youcef was set free.
I am so grateful to everyone who prayed for Pastor Youcef and to everyone who participated in our Tweet for Youcef effort that reached more than 3.1 million people on Twitter every day.
Secretary of State Clinton took action for Pastor Youcef, and we are now asking her to take action on behalf of Christians being threatened in Egypt…
Jay Sekulow talks with Fox News about the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef was being held on charges of blasphemy with a death sentence. He was found not guilty and released after more than 3 years of prison.
Does he not look WONDERFUL?!?
Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard.
Today marks a day of celebration. After languishing in prison for almost three years, under the threat of execution for his faith, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been released from prison and acquitted of his apostasy charge.
Pastor Youcef had been summoned to appear before the court this morning for the charges brought against him. His hearing lasted almost six hours. But in the end, he was released and able to return home to his family.
Some of our sources close to the case report that the court acquitted him of apostasy, but charged and convicted him of evangelizing to Muslims. According to these same sources, the court sentenced Pastor Youcef to three years in prison and granted him time served, which means his prison sentence already has been completed.
Please continue to pray for Pastor Youcef’s safety. Please join us for 48 Hours for Religious Freedom on September 22-23, 2012, for the numerous other Christians persecuted in Iran. As more facts come out about the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, we will keep you posted.
This could include:
Holding a candlelight vigil
Engaging in a period of prayer
Reading a letter from a diocesan official at Mass
Writing letters of encouragement to Pastor Youcef
Organizing a peaceful protest
Creating a program to educate people about the dangers and prevalence of religious discrimination
Writing respectful letters on Pastor Youcef’s behalf to Iranian embassies and to the Supreme Leader of Iran.
Pastor Youcef’s plight is far too common around the world today. It is estimated that more than 159,900 Christians are martyred each year for their faith. The purpose of 48 Hours For Religious Freedom is to raise international awareness of religious discrimination and persecution.
To assist those who want to participate, 48HoursforFreedom.org will house multi-lingual resources including an informational video, a prayer sheet, a sample church bulletin, suggested activities, and other resources. The website is located here. Churches, organizations, and individuals can request additional information by emailing 4RelFreedom@gmail.com.
Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses on constitutional law and is based in Washington, D.C.