Nov 252015

1426163_10152538970789156_1955504315_aOn Wednesdays we encourage people to advocate for the release of Saeed Abedini.

We ask that you change your Facebook profile picture to his and that you “like”  the “Free Saeed” Facebook page and participate in some of the activities that promote his cause.

We ask…that you remember him and his family in prayer…and that you refuse to give up on efforts to secure his release.

We will continue to do so until he is released.

I never though this campaign would ever be controversial, but in the light of Naghmah Abedinis accusations of domestic abuse it has become just that.

Because victims of spousal abuse and child abuse have so often been marginalized or ignored (especially in the church) the expectation now is that all accusations of such acts be accepted without question and without any due process.

I have much sympathy with this stance.

I’ve seen victims ignored or worse, revictimized by those in authority.

I’ve seen more cover ups than I can count.

However…I’ve also been lied to.

More than once.

There have been allegations sent to me with the hope of my advocacy that upon minimal scrutiny have collapsed like a house of cards.

The necessity to hear both sides of a matter is both a Christian and democratic ethic.

I do not disbelieve Mrs. Abedini, but I believe Saeed Abedini has the right to answer these charges before we convict him.

He has to be home to do so.

Remember Saeed…

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