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Iran Reverses, Calls Saeed's Shackling a 'Mistake'

Iran is calling the recent shackling of American Pastor Saeed Abedini a "mistake."

Abedini's case in Iran took a turn for the worse as a result of continual beatings in the country's Rajai Shahr prison.

Saeed has been imprisoned in Iran for his faith since September 2012.

More than a week ago he was moved from his jail cell at Rajai Shahr prison to a private hospital for treatment. That treatment stopped on Tuesday.

Pastor Saeed was shackled and refused medical care and hospital doctors said he must leave and return to prison.

On Thursday, the American Center for Law and Justice said the international outcry over Pastor Saeed's treatment made Iran remove the shackles.

The ACLJ is currently meeting with world leaders at the United Nations office in Geneva on behalf of Saeed.

 

Hobby Lobby Soon to Stand Before High Court

Rhetoric is escalating in Washington as the March 25 date draws near for Hobby Lobby to plead its First Amendment case at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Obama Administration’s mandate that all new health plans cover contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. As a private business, Hobby Lobby does not fall under the narrow religious exemption of the mandate, so it would be required to include such coverage when its health plan renews or potentially face crippling federal fines of $1.3 million per day for its refusal to comply.

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Legislative Hypocrisy In Arizona

 
 
By Michael Brown, CP Op-Ed Contributor

 

 

What caused three Republican lawmakers in Arizona to sign SB 1062 only to reverse course a few days later and urge Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill?

The controversial religious freedoms bill, which Gov. Brewer ultimately vetoed, was passed along party lines by a vote of 17 (Republicans) to 13 (Democrats), but as the bill received tremendous public opposition, from Apple to the NFL, from Delta Airlines to the NBA, and from Mitt Romney to John McCain, three of those Republicans had a change of heart.

As reported on February 25th, "three state senators, who initially voted in favor of the measure, said in a letter to Republican Governor Jan Brewer that the proposal had been mistakenly approved in haste and had already caused 'immeasurable harm' to Arizona's national image."

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John Ortberg’s Menlo Park Presbyterian votes to leave PCUSA despite $8 million fee

(RNS) Members of one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church (USA) have voted to leave the denomination, despite facing an $8.89 million cost for leaving.

Menlo Park Presbyterian is based in the San Francisco Bay area and led by well-known author and pastor John Ortberg. It is the ninth-largest PCUSA church, with about 4,000 members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Gov't Persecution of Christians in China Worsens Significantly

 
 
BY STOYAN ZAIMOV, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER

China Aid Association revealed in its annual Persecution report that persecution of Christians in China continues to rise, with house and urban churches being some of the main targets.

According to the statistics, government persecution in the world's most populous country, where Christians make up only 3-4 percent, "worsened significantly" in 2013. Persecution rose by 38.82 percent since 2012.

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