Iranian Christians Punished for Drinking Communion Wine

Jess Drummond | vision.org.au
Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Iranian Christians imprisoned for their involvement in a house church have received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine.

Premier News reports, Zaman Fadaei and Mohammad Omidi were handed the punishment earlier this month.

The treatment has prompted outrage from the US State Department, who labelled the punishment “unjust”.

Government spokesperson Morgan Ortagus says they are deeply disturbed by the reports, and called on Iran to allow believers the freedom to practise their religion openly.

The two men were also handed 10-year prison sentences for “acting against the national security through propagating house churches and promoting Zionist Christianity”.

The prison terms have since been reduced to six years.

Christianity is seen as a Western threat in Iran with house churches monitored frequently.

 

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