Last Friday was a sad anniversary. After two years, Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, remains imprisoned for his faith in Iran. He was arrested by Iranian authorities in September 2012 for allegedly being a threat to Iran’s national security and has been subjected to severe interrogations, periods of solitary confinement, and physical assault.
Vigils for Pastor Abedini were held in front of the White House, in all 50 states, and in more than 30 other countries. Franklin Graham, who helped lead the vigil in front of the White House, declared, “This is a huge injustice. To think that in the day in which we live, that you can be imprisoned for your faith.” He continued by asking people to pray and “to write the president—President Obama, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.— and ask that he demand, not request, but demand that Saeed Abedini and the other Americans that have been held in Iranian prisons be set free.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 3, 2014