Tuesday, December 26, 2006
For those who have been seeing falsified pictures of Christmas in Islamic Iran and accepted the impression that all is "nice and sweet" as per posts on other sites that attack me and my site, here is yet another proof to the contrary. IranPressNews (a basically Farsi language site) also posts in English and French - BUT - unlike the Islamic Regime multi-lingual sites set up to disseminate disinformation, they are consistently offering detailed news out of Iran that puts the Mullahs to shame. I state this as there is sometimes a difference in the posts on their English and French sites. Again unlike the Islamic regime sites, there is no two faced purpose or effort to present propaganda to the West in the foreign languages while posting the opposite mindsets in Farsi, which most cannot read. The link I have used here is the one to the English language site since I did not readily find the Persian version in the Farsi posts. For those who blatantly post the equivalent of "Mullahs are cuddly bears who love Christmas and Christians and allow shops to sell decorations etc. as much as they desire" and try to feed us the false concept of "don't bother bother and bother won't bother you" as the Mullah attitude towad Christians and the general populace, read this and weep. There is far too much evidence against you and your disinformation. Human rights activists in Iran reported that the ministry of intelligence and security (MOIS) officials prohibited the Christmas mass ceremonies in the Church in the northern city of Rasht. Following the extensive arrest of Christians in cities across Iran by MOIS officials religious ceremonies are prohibited via pressure and threats. Due to the threats and pressure, after the arrest of the leaders of their church in recent weeks, the parishioners of the church have been unable to hold mass. Three years ago, the church in Rasht was also stormed by MOIS agents during a religious ceremony; the agents then confiscated all of the church’s belongings, never to return them. The parishioners once again refurnished their church and due to the continued threats by MOIS, they changed the days of their worship and mass from Sundays to Tuesdays. The church leaders remain in MOIS custody. Between Wednesday, December 13th to Tuesday, December 19th the church leaders were taken 3 times from prison to the Rasht revolutionary court where they were illegally tried. Their families are extremely concerned about the status of their loved ones. MOIS agents prevented their families from seeing them in front of courthouse.