Asking the questions one week before the burnings, that media will be asking the day after
Pastor Youcef Naderkhani is under the death sentence in Iran for apostasy. (Converting from Islam) Where Pastor Youcef denies ever being Muslim, the accusations against him is that because Islam is in his “ancestry” any thing less then him publicly denouncing his current religion and declare himself Muslim, results in death by the state.
His death sentence has been delayed, and could happen any day. Media outcry, a bill resolution in the congress and even a White House statement may well have been the reason for the sustaining of his life, but there also seems to have been a threat from Pastor Terry Jones’ church of burning Qurans and images of Mohammad if Pastor Youcef isn’t released. Unlike any presidential statement or House resolution, this this comes with a deadline. On April 28, 2012 at 5pm EST, if Pastor Youcef has not been released, multiple Qurans and even images of Mohammad will be burned by Terry Jones and his church.
Unlike uprisings against American soldiers by muslims after a Quran burning, cartoon drawing of Mohammad or any reason they deem justifiable to burn, destroy and kill, this may have direct impact on Pastor Youcef’s life.
This is what I wanted to get answers to. Our American soldiers have to deal with attacks all the time by muslims that didn’t require something to incite them, but Pastor Youcef is hanging on by a thread and this may be the tipping point for his life.
In any “stand-off” where two sides have hostages, (Iran with Pastor Youcef and Pastor Terry Jones with the threat of burning Qurans and images) if one side “fires first” by taking out their hostage, there is no reason for the other side to keep their hostage with out penalty. This is the very heart of the question I wanted Pastor Terry Jones to answer.
I was able to get an interview with Pastor Terry Jones and his son Luke Jones while they were holding a protest rally in Sanford, Fl about justice for George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin on Saturday April 20, 2012, one week before the rest of the media would be asking the same questions.