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American Pastor Beaten and Dragged from Hospital in Iran

Pastor Saeed Abedini still sits in Iranian custody. He has been held prisoner by the violent Islamic regime in Iran for almost two full years now, and still our government has done nothing to get him released. Pastor Saeed was charged with “compromising Iranian national security,” but the truth is that the Iranian government arrested him simply because he is a Christian. He was working in Iran building an orphanage to help poor and homeless children in the city of Rasht.

Several months ago he was transferred to a hospital because he had been so severely tortured by those guarding him that he needed round the clock medical attention.

pastor saeedNow Iranian officials have transferred him back to prison – even though he remains in need of medical assistance and witnesses at the hospital say that Pastor Saeed was severely beaten before being transferred out of the hospital and back to prison.

The reason for the transfer is unclear and according to family members, one of the guards who was involved in the transfer mentioned the Iranian nuclear talks as a possible motive.

“This is an extremely disappointing development – one that breaks my heart,” said Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed’s wife. “Our family is deeply saddened and we continue to pray for Saeed – for his safety and his release. We are very grateful that so many people around the world continue to pray for Saeed.”

When Pastor Saeed was transferred to the hospital in March, he was initially shackled by guards who lashed out violently against him. He was also denied medical treatment at that time and family members were prohibited from seeing him. 

Please pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. Also, please contact your state and national representatives and ask them to do their part in seeing that Pastor Saeed is soon released and brought home to America.

You can add your name to the petition for his freedom here along with over 250,000 other concerned folks from around the planet.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

  • DustyFae

    Don’t expect Obama to do anything..After all, Valerie Jarrett is a strong supporter of IRAN and she is Obama’s advisor… Our government is Muslim Brotherhood control and they are over throwing our Constitution..

    • seeymour kleerly

      Bush empowered Iran by turning Iraq into an Iranian allie!

      • SATCitizen

        and you empower B)o( by being an unAmerican, sell out, blind moonbat.

      • DustyFae

        May l ask, are you a Democrat ? It is not Bush running our government now… Many did not approve a lot of things concerning Bush… but he is not In the WH now.. So what is your point? The person in the WH now is the one screwing up..

        • seeymour kleerly

          I’m just adding perspective and context. Did you realize how much Bush empowered Iran by removing the Secular Iraqi Government? It was a huge shift in the balance of power in that vital area.

    • SATCitizen

      Jarrett the ferret is the first woman prez. . .poor ShriLIEary. . .had the title stolen from her. . .but at least she has her muslim right hand.

  • mike slaney

    I suggest Mr. Obama pays them a visit with open hands, surely they will listen to him, sarcasm intended.

  • America_Woman

    Maybe we can get all of the White House reporters to ask him the same question.
    Why haven’t you facilitated the release of Reverend Saeed Abedini? He’ll refuse to answer and the next reporter asks the very same question. We can probably get Fox News to do this but the ‘Big 3’ reporters have their lips attached to BHO’s butt.

  • Blessings

    Where’s our government! This is an American… We protect and rescue our own! If this isn’t the reality of how Obama feels toward Americans, what is? I would say this is the of Benghazi mentality..Leave Americans behind to die or rot in prison.. Shameful and disgraceful to what America stands for..

  • seeymour kleerly

    Can we FINALLY have an update on the Christian persecution in IRAQ! It’s been many years and still no stories from this site. Why? Are you still protecting Bush and attempting to blame Obama for anything and everything?

    • mbnick

      Are you still on the dole?

      • SATCitizen

        He’s definitely on the koolaid and probably drinks it outta one of those COLB $20 mugs.

      • seeymour kleerly

        Are you still a Racist?

        • mbnick

          So opposing mooching is racist? Are you trying to admit something to us?

    • SATCitizen

      Here. . .drink more koolaid and stay in your stupor. How ironic you talk about protecting Bush who has long been out of office. . .keep events current with your commander-in-cheat. . .stay a blind moonbat. . .you’re nothing more than a pawn and a serf. . .and you wear both well.

    • Marlin208

      Ok, tell me ONE thing that we can not blame on Obama.
      So Bush, who has been out of office for SIX years can still control what is going on in DC?
      Wow, what a guy.

      • callie9115

        Not bad for a guy that the Left frames as being a stooge!!

      • seeymour kleerly

        So the Christians who fled Iraq after Bush’s invasion and removed their protection should blame Obama? He opposed the war!!!

    • Onan Coca

      You say this a lot. Whenever I write about persecution of Christians in the Middle East, I usually drop in that Iraqi Christians are also suffering. However, the stories are about events that take place. We reported on the bombing of an Iraqi church for example… as these things happen we’ll print them. But this story took place in Iran. Not Iraq.
      In fact if you do a search of Christian persecution articles on this site and cross reference it with Iraq you will find it mentioned in many of those articles.
      If you are so desperate to read a Bush-bash website… then please go find one.

      • seeymour kleerly

        Not one article about Iraqi Christians persecution, yet you’ve supplied a constant litany about Christian persecution (usually a tiny number) in almost every other Islamic country. This is about a whole Christian population! I think you’re protecting the Christian Conservative George Bush.

    • tarbella

      seeymour, I hope you’re not a troll on here, as I get so sick and tired of them blaming everyone else but the ones that really need to be blamed. I think Obama has passed Bush by and presented his own agenda a long time ago. You need to do some real research and find out the truth of what is going on and you could start by getting on the net and read, ” Rules for Radicals.”

  • SATCitizen

    Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed and go to the American Center for Law and Justice to keep updated on his story. Hey Iran, Christian have martyrs also and what you have is a great man who will get his TRUE reward in heaven.

  • junkmailbin

    for all the folks who like to praise how nice and peaceful Islam and Sharia law this is what actually happens when you break the rules of this barbaric 7th century political control religion.
    All no Muslim are cattle and slave. tHEY HAVE NO RIGHTS. yOU CAN BE BAUGHT AND SOLD, EXTORTED , or executed.
    ISLAM= submit or die

  • John Beam

    Despotic tyrannies like Iran and North Korea is what the world is coming to. Progressive policies destroy the rights of individuals, and makes everyone into interconnected cogs of one vast political machine. Human life becomes expendable, except for the most-high ruling elites, and anyone who desires to rise above being a mere cog in the machine will be eliminated.

    “Nineteen-Eighty-Four” is already here, and they just need to start arresting and bringing mass slaughter upon us to make everything complete.

  • ABBAsFernando

    Obama is a MUSLIM Christian HATING SCUM!

  • callie9115

    Just more proof Oblamer cares NOTHING about Christians, or what happens to them!

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