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  • U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates have joined the U.S. government in seeking the release of an American citizen who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey for 20 years before being imprisoned for his faith.

    Andrew Brunson, formerly of Black Mountain, N.C., was reportedly detained 63 days without charges at the Harmandali Detention Center in Izmir, Turkey, before being imprisoned Dec. 9 at nearby Sakran Prison. He's being held on false charges of being a member of an armed terrorist organization, World Watch Monitor reported. Read More

  • Naghmeh Abedini regrets emails of marital woe

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has voiced regret for emails she sent to close friends reportedly accusing the pastor of spousal abuse stemming from what was described in press reports as his addiction to pornography.

    In two emails to close friends, Abedini disclosed that her marriage to Saeed Abedini has been troubled by "physical, emotional, ... Read More

  • Jailed pastor offers son 'gift of salvation'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    BOISE, Idaho (BP) -- Written in the wobbly penmanship of a 7-year-old who has said he misses his dad "a thousand lots," Jacob's card invites his father to his birthday party today, March 17.

    But his father, American pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned since Sept. 26, 2012, under harsh conditions in Iran because of his Christian faith, cannot attend at the family's home in Boise, Idaho. Instead, Abedini wrote a letter offering his son the "gift of salvation." Read More