The Iranian regime shrouds their persecution of the man in the exact same way as the Soviets did, but it’s not fooling anyone. The man is being persecuted for his religious beliefs.
This is Islam. The often cited koranic mantra Islam apologists use “there is no compulsion of religion in Islam” is just a statement of an article of faith. The thinking is, that since Islam is supposedly so clear, anyone reading and understanding it will automatically conclude it to be correct and believe. So hence, ‘no compulsion’. Also:
Even within the same sura (chapter) of the Quran that verse 256 appears, Muslims are instructed to “fight with them (non-Muslims) until there is no more persecution and religion is only for Allah. (v. 2:193)” Apologists claim that this applied to the people of Mecca. They should also note that the Meccans were later forcibly converted.
Iran Court Confirms Five Years Prison Sentence for Christian Convert
NCRI – The five years prison sentence issued by the court of first instance for the Iranian Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been confirmed by the appeals court.
The so-called Revolutionary Court has convicted Firoozi of ‘forming a group in order to disrupt national security’, while human rights defenders say that Firoozi is in prison only for his beliefs.
Branch 28 of the so-called Tehran Revolutionary Court presided by Mohammad Moghiseh sentenced Ebrahim Firouzi in March 2015 to five years in prison on charges of ‘forming a group for disrupting national security’.
According to reports, Ebrahim Firouzi rejected at all stages of the judicial process having formed any group or trying to disrupt national security. Nonetheless, parts of the evidence presented at the appeals court were the same previously presented against him, according to which he was sentenced in the past.
Mr. Firoozi has been kept in Rajaeeshahr prison in Karaj since his sentence was issued last year. Now, Mansour Borji, spokesman for the Article 18 Committee, of the United Council of Iranian Churches in London (Hamgaam), tells Radiofarda that Mr. Firoozi’s sentence has been confirmed and that the Christian convert has to spend the coming years in prison.
Also according to ‘Mohabatnews’, an Iranian Christian outlet, the final verdict of the appeals court has been issued on January 14, 2017.