The Christian Defense Coalition and Church on the Hill have announced that they’ll be setting up a Thanksgiving place for American pastor Saeed Abedini in front of the White House on Thanksgiving morning, reminding President Barack Obama about the imprisoned husband and father.
“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,” Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said in a statement.
“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,” he continued.
Mahoney reminded Christians that they can never be silent on issues concerning human rights and religious freedom.
“Leaving a Thanksgiving place setting 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,” Mahoney said.
“We will also be reminding President Obama that while he celebrates Thanksgiving with his wife and two children, pastor Saeed will be spending Thanksgiving in a brutal Iranian prison separated from his wife and two precious children.”
A Facebook page urging Americans to prepare Thanksgiving places for Abedini in their own homes has also been set up. The effort echoes a similar initiative for Thanksgiving in 2013, which was also set up by Mahoney.
Abedini faces his second Thanksgiving locked up in a prison cell in Iran after he was sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post