IRAN – Iran Increased Persecution of Christian Minority at Christmas Time

The Tower | Jan. 14, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran has launched a brutal crackdown on the country’s Christian minority before and after Christmas, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported for Fox News on Saturday.

Weinthal cited a report by the Iranian group Alliance for Rights of All Minorities, which said on December 30 that “nine Christians were arrested in Karaj, Iran on alleged charges of affiliation with Christian Zionists and recruitment of Muslims to home churches. The arrests are also based on fears that this group intends to harm Iran and insult Iran.”

Open Doors UK, a Christian human rights organization, noted that just weeks earlier the Iranian regime had unleashed another crackdown on practicing Christians that resulted in the incarceration of more than 100 people. The campaign of intimidation was meant to prevent Christians from spreading their faith during the Christmas period the group said.