Republican presidential candidate and Christian Ted Cruz met with the wife of a preacher imprisoned in Iran since 2012 today in Iowa at a religious liberty rally, according to an article in the Christian Post today, Tuesday, Aug. 25. Nagman Abedini, is the wife of imprisoned pracher Saaed Abedini. She referred to Cruz as “one of my favorite people.”
She also said her husband “won’t back down in his faith for Jesus Christ and he has been tortured and beaten.” Abedini further said her husband had been moved from one prison facility to another as punishment for sharing his faith. She also mentioned that Abedini has led several prisoners to Christ during his stay in the Iranian prison system. There were hopes the American negotiators involved in the Iran Nuclear Weapons discussions with leaders of the Muslim country would be able to obtain his release as part of the deal. Unfortunately, they didn’t.
The rally for religious liberty was held in Des Moines, Iowa, and featured the popular Christian band Newsboys. The event also included a keynote address by Cruz who is a U.S. Senator from Texas. Cruz, who has climbed as high as third in some polls in the presidential race, not only discussed the persecution of Pastor Saeed Abedini, but also that of American citizens in the United States.
“These threats are not imagined not made up. These are real people living real lives,k who found themselves facing persecution for simply living by their faith,” said Cruz. The junior senator from the Lone Star State mentioned several people who are being persecuted in the U.S. because of their traditional and Christian views.
He further said, “There is a war on faith in America today. In our lifetime did we ever imagine that in the land of the free andd the home of the brave we would be witnessing our government persecute citizens for their faith?” The articulate Cruz quoted one of those he said is being persecuted for his religious beliefs. He said that “Aaron Klein is fighting for religious freedom.”
Cruz also mentioned Melissa Klein, Aaron’s wife, and Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran who he said were being discriminated against because of his Christian beliefs. Cruz also emphasized the federal government is now an enemy of religious freedom in the United States. He also criticized Planned Parenthood during his remarks. In regard to Planned Parenthood, he said, “I don’t have to remind anybody here of the atrocities committed everyday by Planned Parenthood. Those that support them have demonstrated an utter disregard for human life. An innocent life should not be treated as a business transaction.”
He further promised that if he’s elected president in November of 2016 that, “I will order the Justice Department to open an investigation into Planned Parenthood and I’ll prosecute the organization.”
The son of a preacher further cited the biblical figures of Daniel, Esther and Jeremiah as examples of people of faith who also had courage. He further said, “What scares the extremists the most is that there are more of us than there are of them.”
Cruz also noted there is a war on faith in America today, noting that 54 million Christians stayed home in the 2012 election, according to the Washington Post.
Pastor Matt Chandler, leader of the Village Church of Flower Mound, Texas, echoed Cruz’s words in a recent video he made. His words were that “Christendom may soon be at an end in the United States.”
Changes in the culture of the U.S. have seen decreases in church attendance. However, history has shown that Christianity usually grows stronger in the face of persecution. In China when the Communists persecuted churches, the number of believers grew.