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Iran: INTELLIGENCE MINISTER ADMITS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO COMBAT CONVERSIONS TO CHRISTIANITY

Iran: INTELLIGENCE MINISTER ADMITS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO COMBAT CONVERSIONS TO CHRISTIANITY

Country: 
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
News Date: 
07/05/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence has for the first time publicly admitted that his agency is collaborating with Shia religious seminaries in seeking to combat the perceived threat of mass conversions to Christianity across the country. Mahmoud Alavi,  in Qom on Saturday, admitted to summoning converts to Christianity for questioning – a clear breach of  of Iran’s constitution, which states that “no-one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief”, and a contradiction of the claims of other Iranian officials, such as the Foreign Minister, . Alavi said he had “summoned [converts] to ask them why they were converting”, as it was “happening right before our eyes”. “Some [of the converts] said they were looking for a religion that gives them peace,” Alavi said. “We told them that ‘Islam is the religion of brotherhood and peace’. They responded by saying that: ‘We see Muslim clerics and those who preach from the pulpit talk against each other all the time. If Islam is the religion of peace, then before anything else, there must be cordiality and peace among the clerics themselves.”