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Execution of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: Reports are circulating the Internet saying
that a Christian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, has been executed by hanging
Fox News Reported today that Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was acquitted
of apostasy charges and released from custody.
September 8, 2012 article, Dan Wooding of Assists News Service also
confirmed the reports with other sources that said that during today's
court proceedings in Iran Nadarkhani was acquitted of
apostasy but found guilty of evangelizing to Muslims in the Islamic
nation and sentenced to three years in prison, the time which he had
Earlier this year there were emails and social media messages in high
circulation saying that Nadarkhani had been executed in Iran by hanging.
We checked at the time when this eRumor went viral and found Christian
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to be alive as of April, 2012, but still to be
incarcerated in Iran for nearly three years after having been convicted
on charges of apostasy and other crimes. The reports of his
execution was a fabrication according to a a
March 27, 2012 article in the Christian Post.
His cause has become known worldwide with both Christian and political
leaders calling for his life to be saved. He has faced numerous
deadlines for execution.
The article also said that a
spokesperson from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
confirmed "on March 26 that the imprisoned evangelical minister's death
sentence for apostasy has not been carried out." A death order had been
issued on February 21 for the Iranian pastor.
The photo used in the eRumor is not
Youcel Nedarkhani but a different prisoner in Iran who was executed in
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS ALL I HAVE HEARD WAS ABOUT A HOODED MAN IN
FLORIDA AND NOT A PEEP ABOUT THIS MAN BEING EXECUTED. WHICH PERSON WAS
MORE IMPORTANT?? MY ANSWER IS, NEITHER ONE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE
OTHER. SO WHY HAS NO ONE HEARD ABOUT Youcef Nadarkhani COULD IT JUST BE
OH SO SIMPLE AS HIS SKIN COLOR?
Christian Youcef Nadarkhani has been
executed in Iran. He is the pastor who has been imprisoned and found
guilty by the courts in Iran of being a Christian. Now he’s been
executed in spite of international appeals to spare his life. He was
hanged today. Where is the outcry from the White House over the murder
of this innocent Christian minister? Where is the outcry from the church
in America and around the world, and last but not least, where is the
outcry from the Media??? The silence is deafening!
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