The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the forum at Christians United for Israel to bring attention to the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the Middle East, especially in Iran.
“Last year, an Iranian court upheld 10-year prison sentence on four Iranian Christians who were acting against national security by “promoting Zionist Christianity” and running house churches,” Pompeo said. “This is something we know in America. Instead of following the normal summons procedures, authorities raided their homes, beat them and used electroshock weapons on them and then threw them in Evan prison, a regime dungeon inside of Tehran.”
“Every day I pray, and I’d ask you to, too, to pray for our brothers and sisters in Iran,” he asked. “And not just for them, but for people of all faiths who are persecuted there, in Iran.”
On Monday, Pompeo announced the creation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights that will review the role of human rights in American foreign policy address concerns about religious freedom and abortion.
Opponents accused the administration of politicizing foreign policy in a way that could undermine protections for marginalized populations, including the LGBT community.
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