Thousands to Leave Place Setting at Thanksgiving Dinner Table in Honor of Pastor Saeed Abedinni

pastor saeed thanksgivingThe Christian Defense Coalition is inviting Americans across the nation to leave an empty place setting on Thanksgiving to stand in solidarity with Pastor launches Facebook effort inviting Americans to leave an empty place on Thanksgiving to stand in solidarity with Pastor Saeed Abedinni and the persectued church around the world. A Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran, Abedinni has been held captive in Iran since the summer of 2012 and incarcerated in Evin Prison since September 2012. On January 27, 2013, he was sentenced to eight years in prison, reportedly on charges of undermining national security through his Christian evangelical activities in Iran in the early 2000s.

"While Americans enjoy the blessings of spending Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, it is important to remember that millions around the world are being brutalized, persecuted and attacked for their Christian faith. Thousands are in prison," said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition. ""Pastor Saeed will not be able to spend this special day with his wife and two young children, but instead will be spending it in a cramped prison facing constant violence and persecution."

Mahony states that the group will also set up a Thanksgiving place setting in front of the White House on Pennsylvania Ave. at 10:00 A.M. on Thanksgiving morning. It will be across from Lafayette Park.

"We can never be silent when it comes to issues of human rights justice and religious freedom," said Mahony. "We must always be a loud prophetic voice in the public square calling for an end to the persecution and violence directed toward people because of their faith beliefs. Leave a Thanksgiving Place Setting for Pastor Saeed,' is a powerful way for Americans to stand in solidarity with the persecuted church around the world and teach their families about the important issues of human rights and religious freedom."

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